With giant recruiting weekend, Michigan stresses importance of winning

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It’s perhaps Michigan football’s biggest recruiting ever, as a bevy of five-stars will descend upon The Big House on Saturday evening to take in the Wolverines’ primetime matchup against the Washington Huskies.

According to 247Sports’ Steve Lorenz, the maize and blue will host the following big-time prospects for the big game:

  • 2022 Powell (TN) five-star DT Walter Nolen, the top overall prospect in the class

  • 2022 Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach five-star OT Josh Conerly

  • 2022 Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei five-star CB Domani Jackson, currently committed to USC

  • 2023 Detroit (MI) King five-star QB Dante Moore

  • 2023 Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep five-star WR Jalen Brown

That’s not all, as 2022 Detroit (MI) Cass Tech four-star OT Deone Walker, 2022 Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb four-star LB Joshua Josephs, and Notre Dame three-star ATH commit Amorion Walker will be among those also in attendance.

As far as how the coaches see it, it’s not just about showing the recruits a good time while they’re on campus, Michigan needs to prove to them that it’s determined to oversee a culture of winning. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis spoke this week about the importance to not only winning on Saturday while they’re on campus, but also in general.

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And with the game being at home on Saturday, now that the Wolverines can welcome fans back to Michigan Stadium, it creates a welcome atmosphere to truly woo those who are considering wearing a winged helmet.

“It’s big, but the key to recruiting is winning,” Gattis said. “When you win the game, that’ll handle itself. We expect it to be a great environment, being a night game, it’s a maize out. Just the excitement of getting fans back in the stands. Oftentimes, at a place like this, you take for granted the atmosphere. When you go through a year when you don’t have that atmosphere, you appreciate everything about it even more when you get a chance to be in front of a full crowd. Just going out there last week in front of the 109,000 was everything to our guys, because they went all last year without it. That’s gonna be important. Anytime you get a chance to have homefield advantage and then also for recruiting, any time recruits can come on campus and they see the crowd and see how electric the fans are, that’s gonna set the bar for them as far as their recruiting visits as they go forward.”

Michigan and Washington are set to kick off at 8 p.m. EDT with the game being nationally televised on ABC.

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