Michigan put the beatdown on Maryland Saturday, winning 59-3. While you were watching Wilton Speight’s best game yet, the sidelines were filled with top-notch recruits that Michigan hopes to sign.
Here’s who all showed up, with some blurbs on their visits. We’ll keep you updated throughout the week on how the visits went, and the chances the staff has to get them to Ann Arbor.
Aubrey Solomon, 4-star DT
The biggest name that visited Michigan on Saturday was Lee County (Ga.) 4-star DT Aubrey Solomon. A former Michigan commit, this was the first visit for Solomon since he committed on campus in July. While Michigan is chasing 4-star DT Jay Tufele, Solomon is as good or better than him, and if they can remind him why he originally committed, there’s a shot.
It helped that he got to watch current Michigan DT Mo Hurst have an enormous day, and the defense only allow three points.
Solomon was accompanied on the sidelines by Michigan director of player personnel Tony Tuioti. Tuioti, in the picture above next to Solomon, is Michigan’s best behind-the-scenes recruiter. He’s not Jim Harbaugh, or any of the position coaches, but his ability to show visitors a good time while they’re on campus is as good as it gets.
The full-court press was put on Solomon on Saturday. But they also will have to impress his mother, who brings a strict chart to each visit.
— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) November 2, 2016
It’s big news that his mother joined him for the visit.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, 4-star safety
Detroit Cass Tech 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell was the surprise visitor of the day. This is the second time Kelly-Powell has visited, as he was in the Big House for Michigan’s game against Colorado on Sept. 17. Kelly-Powell is as close as it gets to a lock to sign to Michigan. He’s an early enrollee, and should be announcing his intentions for next semester within the next few weeks.
It’s my understanding that his decision will come after his high school season ends, along with his cousin, 4-star Detroit King CB Ambry Thomas.
Enjoying the day at 〽️ichigan. #GoBlue
— Jaylen Kelly-Powell™ (@JKellypowell) November 5, 2016
Nico Collins, 4-star WR
Pinson (Ala.) 4-star WR Nico Collins made his trip back to Ann Arbor – his fourth since June – and you could just tell by his body language that he was loving it. Michigan fans screamed his name as he walked down the sidelines, and I’m confident they will be doing that again next season.
Although he may not announce until National Signing Day, for now it’s all Michigan, and has been since June.
Andrew Stueber, 3-star OL
Michigan OL commit Andrew Stueber from Darien (Conn.) made his official visit on Saturday. Stueber is locked in to this class, and isn’t visiting any other schools.
Mekhi Becton, 3-star OL
Richmond (Va.) 3-star OL Mekhi Becton made the trip Saturday for his official visit. Becton was on the field before the game when Michigan strength and conditioning coach Kevin Tolbert went and measured Becton’s hand in comparison to his own. It’s safe to say Becton’s were bigger.
His 6-foot-7 frame is rare, but Michigan has a great shot with several good linemen, so Becton will likely stay in its back pocket if they happen to strike out on any other guys. Virginia is still the leader for him.
Corey Malone-Hatcher, 4-star DE
Michigan commit/recruiter Corey Malone-Hatcher, a 4-star DE from St. Joseph (Mich.) made his fourth trip to Michigan on Saturday. Malone-Hatcher was recruiting others all game, mainly Solomon and Kelly-Powell.
He sent this cryptic tweet, something he’s become famous for, during his visit about how Michigan is making “moves.”
Moves moves moves ?
— Corey Malone-Hatcher (@CMH2017) November 6, 2016
Aaron Banks, 4-star OT
El Cerrito (Calif.) 4-star OT Aaron Banks made the trip. He’s a good prospect, but he’s not as exciting as the offensive linemen that Michigan have a great shot with like 4-stars Chuck Filiaga, Cesar Ruiz, Isaiah Wilson, Jedrick Wilson and Tedarrel Slaton.
Banks is likely staying out on the West Coast, and this was just a free official visit. But, again, if Michigan were to strike out, Banks took an unofficial visit before in August, so if the staff pursues him, I’m sure he would listen closely.
— Columbus Football (@ColumbusFtball) November 5, 2016
Josh Jobe, 4-star CB
Miami (Fla.) Columbus 4-star CB Josh Jobe made a surprise visit. Jobe, a 2018 prospect, is committed to his hometown Miami Hurricanes. He is a seriously good prospect, ranked at No. 59 overall in his class, and the ability to get him in Ann Arbor from Miami on his own dime in his junior season is huge.
As for now, I think he stays a Hurricane, but he has a whole year and some change to make up his mind, and probably a visit or two – at least – back to Michigan for them to convince him to leave home.
Jeremy Ruckert, 4-star TE
Lindenhurst (N.Y,) 4-star TE Jeremy Ruckert came to check out Ann Arbor for a second time on Saturday. Ruckert, another big-time 2018 prospect, is ranked No. 79 overall in his class along with being the third-best TE nationally.
Ruckert visited in the summer, and will likely return again next summer for an official visit.
He’s one of two top targets at tight end in 2018 for Michigan, along with 4-star Missouri City (Texas) recruit Mustapha Muhammad.
He’s Ohio State’s top target at the position, along with Penn State. Michigan is definitely in his top three, but with a whole lot of time left, the Buckeyes have a slim lead early on.
Top no-show: Stanford Samuels
The 5-star DB from Hollywood (Fla.) Flanagan High School was slated to visit, but said earlier this week that things were still foggy. He had a playoff game on Friday, and it interrupted his travel time. Samuels didn’t make the visit. There’s no word on if he’ll eventually make the trip, but regardless, there isn’t much hope for Michigan to flip him from his Florida State commitment.
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