Michigan Football Recruiting: Weekend Of March 24 Visitors

Brandon Brown, Staff Writer
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With spring football underway in Ann Arbor, prospects are going to start showing up more and more to see what Michigan football is all about. Several big-time targets, all who hold an offer, were in Ann Arbor over the weekend.

Defensive tackle

0 STARS


Cincinnati

RR:

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 275.0

Class: 2019

-

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Michigan was one of the first programs to offer Cincinnati Walnut Hills defensive tackle Jowon Briggs and that definitely got his attention. He swung through Ann Arbor on Friday and got a chance to see what Michigan was about.

"[I was] just really looking for what they provide for their student-athletes as far as academic help, and obviously their facilities,” he said.

Though just a sophomore, Briggs already looks the part at 6-3, 275 pounds and was all smiles while in Ann Arbor.

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Photo courtesy of Brian Lainhart

Defensive tackle

4 STARS


Bradenton

RR: 5.8

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 290.0

Class: 2018

POSITION
162
NATIONAL
35
STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Originally from the Chicago area, four-star defensive tackle Verdis Brown is now down at IMG Academy but he made his way up to Ann Arbor this past weekend during his spring break.

The 6-4, 290-pounder is starting to bond well with the U-M staff.

“Coach [Chris] Partridge is definitely who’s recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “I’d say I have the best relationship with him of anyone on their staff.

“Coach [Jim] Harbaugh also seems like a great guy. He just brings a lot of enthusiasm to the team, and would be a great guy to play for.”

Cornerback

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Naples

RR:

Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 170.0

Class: 2018

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Naples (Fla.) High cornerback Sammy Faustin is another one of those long DB's that Michigan is targeting. At 6-2, 170 pounds, he fits the mold for what Mike Zordich is looking for.

RELATED: Mike Zordich, Michigan Recruiting A Certain Type Of Cornerback

Faustin got a chance to throw on the No. 7 jersey and spent some time wandering around The Big House. The visit could not have gone better for the versatile Florida corner.

"There was a lot to like about the visit. The facilities. The academics at Michigan — the fact it can take you anywhere after football is over. I also brought the Florida weather with me," Faustin said with a laugh.

Strongside defensive end

4 STARS


Ramsey

RR: 6.0

Ht: 6'3.0"

Wt: 260.0

Class: 2018

POSITION
38
NATIONAL
1
STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Another New Jersey product with heavy Michigan interest, Don Bosco Prep four-star strongside defensive end Tyler Friday was also in town. As the No. 3 player at his position and No. 38 overall prospect nationally, Friday is a big-time talent and one of the few defensive linemen Michigan would be willing to take almost immediately.

Back in February, Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic regional analyst Adam Friedman predicted that Friday would end up at Michigan and an early-spring, unofficial visit certainly doesn't hurt that prediction.

Strongside defensive end

4 STARS


Lewis Center

RR: 6.0

Ht: 6'5.0"

Wt: 245.0

Class: 2019

-

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Like Briggs, Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange strongside defensive end Zach Harrison is another big-time talent along the defensive line in the 2019 class. Harrison looks like a monster already and plays with a level of athleticism defensive line coaches covet at the next level.

Already carrying an initial four-star ranking, Harrison is going to be on the verge of five-star status throughout the rest of his prep career. Rivals.com Midwest regional analyst Josh Helmholdt recently broke down Harrison's game and five-star potential.

"In our evaluations of the Midwest crop in 2019, the prospect who received the strongest five-star consideration was Zach Harrison. At 6-5 and 245 pounds, Harrison has all the physical tools you look for in a five-star prospect. Not surprisingly for a kid who does not turn 16 until August, though, he has not put it all together yet. We will be watching that closely, because Harrison is certainly a five-star candidate down the road."

Offensive tackle

3 STARS


Traverse City

RR: 5.6

Ht: 6'7.0"

Wt: 250.0

Class: 2018

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Michigan has recently offered two in-state offensive tackles in the 2018 class and Traverse City West three-star Ryan Hayes is one of them. With a tight end background, Hayes is a very lean, athletic tackle prospect at 6-7, 250 pounds. He had a lot of good things to say about his visit and interactions with new tight ends and tackles coach Greg Frey.

"The visit went really well. I really enjoyed my time there and Michigan is definitely a contender," Hayes said. "I spent a lot of time with Coach Frey but I was will all of the coaches for a long time actually. Coach Frey really likes athletes like me he said."

Hayes said he will definitely return soon, possibly for the spring game. Coming to Ann Arbor from Traverse City is quite a haul but it's one Hayes plans to make fairly often.

Weakside defensive end

3 STARS

Michigan
Dearborn

RR: 5.7

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 227.0

Class: 2018

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Michigan

Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child three-star weakside defensive end Aidan Hutchinson has been committed to Michigan for a little over a month now and was excited to take in a practice over the weekend.

Click HERE to listen to Aidan and his father, former Wolverine All-American defensive lineman Chris Hutchinson, discuss everything about the recruiting process, what it's like playing for Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison, and more.

Tight end

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Orion

RR:

Ht: 6'5.0"

Wt: 225.0

Class: 2019

-

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Another touted sophomore, Orion (Ill.) High tight end Logan Lee, was in Ann Arbor over the weekend and got the full treatment. He sported the No. 45 jersey, buddied up with Jim Harbaugh, and toured campus, the football facilities, and, of course, The Big House.

Offensive tackle

3 STARS


Grand Rapids

RR: 5.5

Ht: 6'5.0"

Wt: 250.0

Class: 2018

-

POSITION

-

NATIONAL

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



Grand Rapids Catholic Central three-star offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield is the other long, lean, in-state tackle prospect Michigan recently offered and it may have been the main reason he decommitted from Minnesota.

RELATED: Jalen Mayfield Decommits From Minnesota Following Michigan Visit, Offer

Now that he's back on the market, the Wolverines appear to be squarely in the driver's seat for Mayfield and could procure a commitment from him sooner rather than later. He's likely not the overall top offensive line target but the recent visit and offer indicates that he's a very real option.

Outside linebacker

0 STARS


Milton

RR:

Ht: 6'2.0"

Wt: 195.0

Class: 2020

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POSITION

-

NATIONAL

-

STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



The youngest member of the visiting bunch, Milton (Mass.) Milton Academy 2020 outside linebacker Kalel Mullings had a very good time in Ann Arbor.

As a freshman, the 6-2, 195-pounder is far from a decision but he's already feeling the love at Michigan and couldn't say enough about his visit.

"The entire coaching staff was great," Mullings said. "The academic support structure was very impressive and the facilities were great too."

Tight end

4 STARS


Lindenhurst

RR: 5.9

Ht: 6'6.0"

Wt: 225.0

Class: 2018

POSITION
134
NATIONAL
2
STATE

Commitment status:

undecided



As one of the top tight end prospects in the country, and perhaps Michigan's top target at the position, Lindenhurst (N.Y.) Lindenhurst Senior four-star Jeremy Ruckert tweeted about how much he enjoyed his visit but also asked for some peace following the trip.

Ruckert has a top five consisting of Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin with Notre Dame in the mix as well. The Buckeyes are believed to have a slight edge over the rest of the competition but the recent trip to Ann Arbor appears to have gone perfectly.

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