The high school seasons are beginning to wrap up. As the prospects close in on the end of their seasons, more decisions are nearing – here are all the updates.
Mekhi Becton taking a visit
Highland Springs (Va.) 3-star OT Mekhi Becton will take an official visit to Ann Arbor for the game against Maryland on Saturday. Becton is one of the best recruits from his area, along with LB Ellis Brooks, who also holds an offer from Michigan. The most recent Virginia prospect to choose Michigan? QB Wilton Speight.
As for Becton’s recruitment, he is a strong Virginia lean and is expected to stay in-state with the Cavaliers.
Nonetheless, if Michigan does want the 6-foot-7, 345-pound prospect, then I think they would have no problem swaying him to Michigan. For now, the Wolverines have a great shot with a lot of elite linemen such as Isaiah Wilson, Cesar Ruiz, Chuck Filiaga, Jedrick Wills and more. So for them to take Becton’s commitment would mean they would only have room for one or two of those names listed, and the staff wants at least three of them.
Three bold predictions
Twice a month, the Justice Report will have three predictions that are bold but I believe to be true. And, hopefully, today’s are as bold as some coffee from a French press.
1. Donovan Johnson gets offered next – Detroit Cass Tech 3-star athlete Donovan Johnson is as quick as Eddie McDoom and can play cornerback, too. He’s a no-brainer to offer, if his academics are there, and from what I know they are.
2. Michigan gets a commitment after the Ohio State game, if it wins – It’s kind of hard to get a commitment from a player when you’re not hosting him on a visit. But if Michigan goes on the road to defeat Ohio State, it gets a ticket to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game. Some recruit will take notice and jump in. Possibilities: Donovan Peoples-Jones, Isaiah Wilson, Ambry Thomas.
3. Michigan finishes with a better WR class than Ohio State
No, Michigan will (most likely) not finish with a better class than Ohio State overall. No one probably will. But, Michigan will finish with a better group of wide receivers. I have confidence that Michigan lands 5-star prospect Donovan Peoples-Jones along with 4-star receivers Tarik Black, Oliver Martin and Nico Collins. Not only that, but 2016 signee Brad Hawkins should have his eligibility figured out in order to join the class, which makes for five WRs in the top 200.
Projecting the class
Wednesday, I released my monthly projection of what Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class will look like – read here. I wanted to address a couple of things involving the list.
It was the second consecutive month that I nearly put 5-star RB Najee Harris on the list. But the Alabama commit is just too much of a mystery for me to jump the gun and throw him in there. But still, the Wolverines have pushed hard and they’re close. Harris is a huge fan of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, and that could be the difference, along with a possible matchup against the Crimson Tide in the playoff.
As for 5-star OT Alex Leatherwood, it’s kind of the same situation. Michigan is in contention, and I think if Leatherwood gets on campus before he enrolls in January then Michigan can make that leap. But he’s been committed for a long time to the Tide, and as long as both teams keep winning like they have, no one will know the status of either of these Alabama commits until one team comes out on top on the field.
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