After another big win, Michigan is set to host another big-name visitor this Saturday.
Stanford Samuels visiting Michigan this weekend
Hollywood (Fla.) Flanagan 5-star CB Stanford Samuels was one of Michigan’s top targets in the early part of the 2017 recruiting cycle. He has since committed to Florida State, but will be visiting Ann Arbor on Saturday for the Wolverines’ game against Maryland at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Three current Michigan freshmen were teammates with Samuels in high school — Devin Bush, Jr., Devin Gil and Josh Metellus — and their high school head coach, Devin Bush Sr., is now a defensive analyst at Michigan. Saturday will be his first chance to see his former teammates and coach in game mode.
The Samuels-Michigan relationship almost disappeared after his June commitment to the Seminoles, but it sounds like he is starting to check out other options and has become more open, leading to his visit to Michigan on Saturday.
With all of that said, his dad is a former player at Florida State, as is Devin Bush Sr. But he and his son both came to Michigan despite that … could they convince Samuels to do the same?
Corey Malone-Hatcher added to Polynesian Bowl roster
Michigan now has four commitments from its 2017 class that have committed to playing in the inaugural Polynesian All-American Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 21, 2017.
St. Joseph (Mich.) 4-star defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher, whose mother is Polynesian, announced Tuesday morning that he will represent his heritage in the game as a member of the Polynesian roster. Quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, RB Kurt Taylor and DT Phillip Paea had already announced their intentions to play.
— Polynesian Bowl (@polynesiabowl) November 1, 2016
Aaron Banks set to visit — so what does it mean?
El Cerrito (Calif.) 4-star OL Aaron Banks announced Monday night that he will be taking an official visit to Michigan for its game against Maryland on Saturday. It will be his second time on campus in recent months, having visited back on Aug. 6 for the annual BBQ at the Big House.
Banks has serious interest in Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, along with the Wolverines. The Trojans are the favorite with the Irish knocking. Michigan had some momentum following his visit in the summer, but with its confidence in fellow linemen Chuck Filiaga, Jedrick Wills, Cesar Ruiz and Isaiah Wilson, it seems odd that they would chase after Banks. At 6-feet-7, 315 pounds, Banks is a big-time prospect with an enormous ceiling. Whether Michigan wants to take any linemen, not counting the names aforementioned, is up in the air.
Ranked No. 163 in the country, Banks is a good prospect that could improve the class. But getting him away from the West Coast is a challenge, and Michigan will likely want to wait and see if they can land those other four linemen. Plus 5-star OT and national top-10 recruit Alex Leatherwood still on the Wolverines’ radar.
In Focus: Dylan McCaffrey has a big day in shortened time
McCaffrey, the 4-star Littleton (Colo.) Valor Christian quarterback, had a huge day in a blowout win on Friday. He didn’t play the full game, but his stat line is easy on the eyes for the Michigan fan base awaiting his arrival in Ann Arbor.
— Brian Stumpf (@Stumpf_Brian) October 29, 2016
McCaffrey continues to be the captain of this 2017 Michigan class. He’s had a solid season, and before his commitment he was the No. 1 priority for Michigan’s staff. He committed back in February, and now it’s just a matter of time before the McCaffrey legacy begins in Ann Arbor.
Other quick notes
- Wylie East (Texas) 4-star RB Eno Benjamin is set to make his decision at the Army All-American Game on Jan. 7. There’s not enough knowledge right now on whether or not Michigan would take the former Iowa commit, but I will say that he would see the Wolverines as a top option if they saw him as the same. He’s still expected to visit for Michigan’s game against Indiana on Nov. 19.
- Florence (Ala.) 3-star S J’Marick Woods has been committed to Michigan since the spring, and he will be taking his official visit for the game on Saturday. Arkansas has entered the picture for him, but isn’t anticipated to make him flip his commitment.