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Jeremy Ruckert talks visit
Lindenhurst (N.Y.) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert returned for his second visit to Ann Arbor on Saturday. The last time he visited was in the summer for his first unofficial. As a top-100 player in the 2018 class, Ruckert looks to be a big priority at his position for Michigan in next year’s cycle.
Ruckert is a huge Ohio State and Penn State target as well, but Michigan did its job on Saturday to put its name well in the mix for the talented junior.
“It was great,” Ruckert said of his Michigan visit on Saturday. “Coach Jim and Jay Harbaugh showed great hospitality, and I had a great talk with (senior TE) Jake Butt before and after the game. I was very impressed, and loved how they used the tight end.”
Much like Butt, Ruckert shows great versatility for his position and the Wolverines have a real shot at him with more than a year to go until Ruckert’s National Signing Day. While no team currently stands above any others, Michigan’s chances sound as good as any.
“Well, I don’t really have a leader yet, but Michigan really showed me that they can use the tight end as well as anyone,” Ruckert added.
Recruits’ posts on social media about Michigan
We gathered all social-media posts over the weekend from prospects with a chance to commit to Michigan who had something to say about the Wolverines:
I wanna see Alabama ? vs Michigan 〽️…
— Alex Leatherwood (@Alskee_) November 7, 2016
— Tarik Black (@LetmeRockk_) November 7, 2016
Leatherwood is committed to Alabama but visited Michigan on Oct. 1. From what I know, Leatherwood really loves Michigan and Ann Arbor, but Alabama’s overall success in recent seasons — including this one — is keeping him in Tuscaloosa. Had the Wolverines got to him before he committed, things could be different.
The story is a little different for Black. It sounds like he is down to Alabama, Auburn and Michigan. He’s visiting Alabama this weekend, and his mind should be made up soon after. I still have a strong feeling that it will be Michigan for Black.
— StateChampBec ‼️ (@MekhiBecton_) November 7, 2016
As you can see in his caption, Becton says he “can’t wait to go back!!” Assuming that means he returns to Ann Arbor again, you can expect him to take a visit sometime during the winter.
Woods, a Michigan commit, is being chased by nearby Arkansas. But Michigan is still confident in its commitment from Woods. I doubt he goes anywhere.
As for Collins, Alabama and Georgia are there, but this one is close to being wrapped up by the Wolverines. Collins had an absolute thrill on the sidelines on Saturday during his visit to Michigan. The Wolverines remain heavy favorites.
— Joshua Jobe (@JoshuaMJobe) November 6, 2016
Jobe committed to his hometown Miami Hurricanes early in the process. Going forward, Michigan has to get him back on campus at least twice, in my opinion. He’s a junior so he’s got a whole year and some change left to make up his mind. Taking him away from the South Florida weather, and more importantly his home, won’t be an easy task. But the staff has done it before.
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— Tarik Black (@LetmeRockk_) November 6, 2016
Game time… #GoBlue〽️
— Eno Benjamin™ (@eno_benjamin5) November 5, 2016
Benjamin has been pretty public about how much he likes Michigan. Formerly an Iowa commit, he should be more vocal than ever when the Wolverines take on the Hawkeyes on Saturday night as there is some bad blood between Benjamin and some Hawkeyes.
Whether or not he is a take for the Michigan staff is up in the air. In my opinion, he’s better than any of the three backs the Wolverines currently have in the 2017 class. They will have to decide soon, as Benjamin enrolls in January.
I will be committing between December 4th and 18th ??
— BANKSofAMERICA™ (@bigaaronbanks) November 7, 2016
Banks announced his commitment date just two days after his Michigan visit. Usually that means the visit made the recruit’s mind up — though it doesn’t necessarily mean that recruit will choose the school they just visited. In Banks’ case, I think it’s the latter.
“It went well, and I had a great experience,” Banks said of his Michigan visit. “Their fans were awesome.”
Banks will likely end up elsewhere, though, due to Michigan having such a good shot with the five linemen they like most: Jedrick Wills, Chuck Filiaga, Cesar Ruiz, Tedarrell Slaton and Isaiah Wilson.
It’s easy to notice that Michigan is getting noticed by national prospects. The continuous beat-downs of opponents on national TV helps that exposure, too.
Another great stat, though, is the eight true freshmen that saw playing time against Maryland. Five of them saw the field before garbage time even began, too.
Kids want to play as quickly as possible, and Harbaugh is giving them that chance, if they earn it.
All ratings are from the 247Sports.com composite rating system, unless otherwise noted.