There’s less than a month left until National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Michigan is looking for another top-5 class. Check Land of 10 daily for an update on what’s to come in Ann Arbor.
We’re in the homestretch of the 2017 recruiting cycle and things are heating up. We’ll focus on one of Michigan’s offensive line targets left on the board – Mekhi Becton – and a 2018 target from IMG Academy.
Mekhi Becton’s final 3 visits
A 3-star OT prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, Becton will be announcing his decision on signing day. He tells Landof10 that Michigan is his leader at this point.
Until then, the Virginia product will be using his final three official visits. He visited Michigan and Virginia in the fall during the season. At the time, Michigan was focused on some other recruits. But, after missing out on 5-star Isaiah Wilson, the Wolverines’ focus has shifted to Becton for Michigan’s final tackle spot. It also has a lot to do with the status of current Michigan tackle commit Kai-Leon Herbert – you can read more on that here.
As for his final visits, Becton will take trips to Louisville, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Michigan State was listed in his top-5 schools, but the Spartans’ struggles on the recruiting trail continue with Becton. He won’t be visiting East Lansing, thus eliminating them from the race.
Oregon’s recruiting efforts have been on fire with new head coach Willie Taggart at the helm. According to reports, Taggart could be adding Alabama powerhouse recruiter Mario Cristobal to his staff, too. So, while the Ducks are not a threat as of right now, they very well could be after the visit.
For now, Becton sounds down to two. Virginia and Michigan have always been his two favorites. The Cavaliers have the hometown feel, while the Wolverines have the program and history that leaves him enamored. And he loves The Big House.
I like Michigan here. And since the Wolverines missed on Wilson, I jotted down Becton as an immediate replacement. The last three 247Sports crystal balls read Michigan as well. Watch out for that Oregon visit, though.
Curtis Dunlap puts Michigan in top list
Not to be the one to bring up the 2018 class in January … but the Wolverines made an important top schools list in that of 4-star G prospect Curtis Dunlap out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).
Dunlap is a teammate of early enrollee Cesar Ruiz and linebacker commit Jordan Anthony. It’s public that the two of them are actively recruiting him to join them Ann Arbor.
— S A U C Y ™ (@_OverCees) January 11, 2017
If Dunlap were to come, Ruiz and Dunlap would line up next to each other on the offensive line, as they did at IMG.
Ranked as the No. 216 prospect in the country, Dunlap has a lower base that is scary, much like Ruiz’s, and, well, all offensive linemen from the nation’s No. 2 high school football program. He is a perfect fit into Michigan’s offensive line mold. And I think that’s the pitch to him.
And I know enough right now to say the Wolverines have a slight edge in his recruitment. The competition is stacked, though, as the Wolverines are going up against the likes of LSU, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, USC, Miami and others.
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— Curti$ (@Curtisdunlapjr) January 10, 2017
Ruiz’s presence in this recruitment is felt, but it won’t be the deciding factor. Still, the Wolverines look good right now for Dunlap.