Over the past few cycles, Michigan football recruiting has exploded in June. Since official visits were allowed in the spring of 2018 (excluding the class of 2021, which is not allowed during the pandemic), Michigan has filed an average of 7 2/3 times in June. And that’s not counting the handful of people who made pledges in the first week of July after the official visit in June.
This year, it looks like Michigan might be poised for another successful June, albeit with a slow start to hiring this year. The Wolverines have already lined up a slew of touted prospects for next month’s visit, so let’s take a look at them.
The weekend before Victors Weekend is actually looking very strong, with almost double-digit official visitors coming to Ann Arbor.
Christian Brothers College (MO) Jeremiah’s love – 4 stars, 189th overall, 14th ATH
Fairmont Preparatory School (CA) Collins Archipone – 4 stars, 308th overall, 16th TE
Kankakee (IL) Mount Jayer – 4 stars, 331st overall, 34th CB
Free (NV) Michael Gardner – 3 stars, 410th overall, 54th DL
Buford (GA) Paul Mubenga – 3-star, 448th overall, 38th in OT
Hun School (NJ) Logan Howland – 3 stars, OT No. 42
Cardinal Ritter (MO) Frederick Moore – 3-star, 633rd overall WR 85
Streak Jesuit (TX) Chicoholt – 3-star, 740th overall, 42nd in TE
West Grunbad (IL) Christopher Trek – 3-star, 881st overall, 78th in OT
Most people are recruiting Love as a running back, but Michigan likes him as a defensive back. Likewise, Acheampong is listed as a tight end, but he was recruited by Michigan State as a wing.
Sherrone Moore thinks highly of Mubenga, who at 6-foot-4 could slide inside at the collegiate level. Gardner, Moore and Holt all received invitations during the evaluation period, and it is clear that they have high interest in Michigan because they have scheduled an official visit.
Howland just wrapped up an unofficial weekend visit to Michigan, so it should be high on his list. Trek has been on a tear recently, and since the beginning of May he has received offers from Boston College, Iowa, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Kentucky and Missouri Book.
Bradenton (FL) Jordan Hall – 4 stars, 153rd overall, 10th LB
Penridge (PA) Phil Picciotti – 3-star, 384th overall, 34th LB
It will be a midweek visit to Hall and Picciotti, two of the top linebackers on the Michigan board. Hall will visit Florida (June 3-5) and Michigan State University (June 10-12) before stopping in Ann Arbor. He will also inspect Notre Dame after Michigan. After his visit, we’ll see what Michigan’s chances are.
Picciotti will wrap up an official visit to Nebraska the previous weekend. He also made official connections for Oklahoma and Auburn on June 3 and June 24. Oklahoma is considered the favorite here, but it helps that Michigan is third in four visits.
This date has been designated as Victors Weekend, and has been the event for most of Michigan’s June submissions over the past few years. This year’s group looks as good as usual or even better, and there’s still time to add more names.
DeMartha Catholic (MD) Jason Moore – 4 stars, 50th overall, 5th DL
Lee’s Summit North (MO) Kayden Green – Four stars, 63rd overall, 6th in overtime
Lincoln (FL) Raylan Wilson – 4 stars, 70th overall, 7th LB
Rock Island (IL) Charles Jagusa – Four stars, 71st overall, 8th in overtime
Robinsdale Cooper (MN) Jaxon Howard – 4-star, 86th overall, 7th ATH
Osceola (FL) John Walker – 4 stars, 93rd overall, 13th DL
Mustang (OK) Jacob Johnson – 4 stars, 124th overall, 11th in ATH
Covenant Christian College (Texas) Enoeta – 4 stars, 129th overall, 18th DL
Trinity Christian (GA) Aaron Gates – 4-star, 279th overall, 20th in ATH
Spring Valley (NV) Kelz Howard – 3-star, 385th overall, 51st DL
Oswego (IL) Deacon Tonelli – 3-star, 463rd overall, 25th TE
Loyola College (IL) Brooks Barr – 3 stars, 555th overall, 68th DL
North Cobb (GA) Benjamin Hall – 3-star, 632nd overall, 45th RB
Ferndale (WA) Landon Hatchett – 3-star, 683rd overall, 47th IOL
Archbishop Carroll (DC) Joseph Muboi – 3-star, 885th overall, 68th marginal
This group has a large group of talented wingers and defensive linebackers. Schools are divided on recruiting Howard as a tight end or fringe player, but Michigan State is pitching the defensive end.The lowest-ranked recruit on the list, Mu Poyi, is important because coaches love his talent and he’s close to five-star with his high school teammates Nichols Harbor.
Originally, Wilson was due to visit the week before and then to Florida, but he recently said in an interview With Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich, he’ll get up this weekend. That will definitely help Michigan, as this will be his last official, there will be some promise on campus, and it will make a bigger splash with more visitors.
Both Gates and Johnson were listed as athletes but were recruited as defensive backs by the Wolverines. Michigan is in the best position to flip the Gates from Florida after playing in the spring game.
DeSoto (TX) John Taikook II – 4 stars, 41st overall, 8th WR
It’s Monday, but it’s best for a four-star wide receiver, so that’s when it happens. The only other official visit he has scheduled so far is Florida on June 3, so Michigan can visit later and be able to give him personal attention without any other visitors on campus, which is nice.
His other finalists include Jackson State, Texas State and Texas A&M. Getting him out of an in-state school would be tough, but Ron Bellamy has done a great job here.
University Lab (Los Angeles) Jayden Osbury – 4 stars, 46th overall, 4th LB
East Lincoln (NE) Malachi Coleman – 4 stars, 237th overall, 17th ATH
Lehigh Senior (FL) Kelton Henderson – 4 stars, 299th overall, 21st ATH
Skyline Premium (ID) Kenyon Sadik – 3 stars, 559th overall, 52nd ATH
Henderson County (KY) Saadiq Clements – 3-star, 582nd overall, 72nd DL
The last weekend of June will see some targets come onto campus. Not much is known about Ausberry, but he was on campus before, and he was a rare prospect in Louisiana not locked in by LSU. A final visit in June will be important as he says he wants to make a decision in July.
Coleman was listed as an athlete but was recruited to the advantage by Mike Elston. The staff loves Clements a lot and can take him and figure out his location later, but I would lean towards safety for now. They also recruited Henderson as a defensive back, with Klinskar taking the lead.
With the first weekend of June still a few weeks away, Michigan crews will continue their efforts to lock down their prime visit targets. Stay tuned to Maize n Brew as we cover all recruitment news and updates during an exciting month for the program.