Michigan only gets two more chances to host game-day visitors in the 2017 class. There are a few visitors coming Saturday who have Michigan high on their radar. Here’s the latest.
On the guest list
Pinson (Ala.) 4-star WR Nico Collins has been a Michigan favorite since June. Georgia is the other competition, and at one point so was Alabama. Collins is a huge target, literally, at 6-foot-5, and he’s one of four top targets at WR for Michigan in the 2017 class.
There’s not much doubt that Collins will pick the Wolverines. The question is this: When will he choose the Wolverines? That remains to be seen. Publicly, Collins has said that he will make his decision on National Signing Day. But he could make a decision on Saturday and not announce it.
I’m not predicting him to be a silent commit, but if there is someone who could be soon, it’s Collins. He said at The Opening that his leader is Michigan, so it’s no hunch that he is tabbed to choose Michigan.
Hollywood (Fla.) Flanagan 5-star CB Stanford Samuels is committed to Florida State, and I don’t think that changes. His father played at Florida State. Persuading him to leave the school he committed to is hard enough, let alone persuading him to leave a school where he’s a legacy.
Nonetheless, Samuels has roots in Ann Arbor. His high school coach, Devin Bush Sr., is an assistant at Michigan now. He has three teammates from last season who are freshmen at Michigan: Devin Bush, Jr., Devin Gil and Josh Metellus.
There’s some doubt that Samuels even visits this weekend, as has been reported. He said he’s not “entirely sure” just yet.
Even if he does, it will be tough to pull him away from the Seminoles.
Lee County (Ga.) 4-star DT Aubrey Solomon is set to make his return to Ann Arbor Saturday. Last time Solomon visited Michigan, he committed. Since then, he decommitted back in August due to a letter from the Michigan staff that misspelled his name, and thanked him for attending the BBQ at the Big House – which he didn’t actually attend.
Solomon is as good as it gets at the DT position, and when Michigan pulled him out of SEC Country, it was an enormous get for the Wolverines. He’s still the No. 1 DT target, along with Jay Tuefele, but ground must be made up after what happened to his recruitment in late summer.
Michigan has the odds against them, battling Alabama and in-state Georgia, but with Solomon returning to campus and his mother joining for the trip, there’s a sense of positivity that Michigan has a shot with its former best defensive commit.
Richmond (Va.) 3-star OT Mekhi Becton is a big prospect at 6-foot-7. He’s a project, though, and Michigan has a better shot with five offensive linemen rated higher than Becton in Jedrick Wills, Isaiah Wilson, Tedarrell Slaton, Chuck Filiaga and Cesar Ruiz.
Becton is likely going to be at Virginia next season, staying in-state for his collegiate career.
But if Michigan strikes out on any of the offensive lineman it has targeted, Becton might be a late pickup.
Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert announced Friday that he will be visiting Michigan. This visit is big time for Michigan, as Ruckert is the nation’s No. 3 overall TE and No. 79 overall prospect in 2018.
He’s a versatile tight end who fits Jim Harbaugh’s offense perfectly.
This isn’t his first visit; he visited Ann Arbor in June. The fact he decided to come back, on his own dime again, shows just how interested he is in Michigan.
Michigan’s biggest competition is its biggest competition on the field, too – Ohio State.
Ruckert is OSU’s No. 1 TE target in 2018, and he looks to become Michigan’s as well, along with 4-star prospect Mustapha Muhammad.
Where it ranks – No. 10 nationally, No. 2 in the Big Ten.
Top rated recruits – 4-star QB Dylan McCaffrey (No. 4 QB, No. 52 overall), 4-star DE Luiji Vilain (No. 7 DE, No. 95 overall)
New commitments/decommitments – 4-star DL Donovan Jeter and 3-star DE Kwity Paye committed last week; 3-star FB Chase Lasater decommitted two weeks ago.
Positional breakdown – QB: 1, RB: 3, WR: 0, TE: 0, OL: 4, DL: 6, LB: 2, CB: 1, S: 1
Michigan – 4
Connecticut, Ohio – 2
Alabama, Canada, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island – 1
All ratings are from the 247Sports.com composite rating system, unless otherwise noted.