Have Michigan football recruiting questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Michigan recruiting mailbag to discuss Wolverines recruiting. This week, we discuss recruits visiting this weekend for the Michigan State game, and how players get noticed.
Q: Kevin, great weekend for recruits. I know you are excited! Who are you looking most forward to seeing there this Saturday? — @TruBluFan115
A: This question is from avid follower Sherry Labadie. I don’t think anyone is more excited than Sherry.
The night game against Michigan State this Saturday will be a big one for Michigan recruiting as the Wolverines host several high-profile prospects from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 classes. Linebacker Cameron McGrone and quarterback Kevin Doyle are already committed to the 2018 class and are expected to be in attendance. Devontae Dobbs from nearby Belleville, Mich., is the top-rated offensive tackle in the 2019 class and he is expected to be there for an unofficial visit. Michigan State also is heavily recruiting Dobbs.
Offensive lineman Justin Rogers from Oak Park (Mich.) is the top-rated guard and overall player in the state in the Class of 2020. He’s already visited for the Air Force game this season and he’s expected to be there Saturday along with teammates Enzo Jennings, a 2020 defensive back, and Torriano Richardson, a 2019 cornerback.
Q: Is a Michigan camp the best way to get noticed by Michigan recruiters? Sarah Darby-Wright (via Facebook)
A: I’ve met a lot of recruits who have attended camps at Michigan for multiple years, so it is a good way to make contact, but it’s not the only way. Ultimately, a player’s abilities and what they show on video will be what gets them noticed. I don’t know how old your child is (unless you’re inquiring for yourself?) but your high school coach should be a great resource.
Q: I understand that there is now an early signing period Dec 20th. Could you elaborate on it and any early recruits to Michigan in 2017? — @BYonkoski
A: The NCAA approved a new 72-hour signing period for football that begins this year. It will be Dec. 20-22, and it enables players the opportunity to make their decisions official prior to the traditional period that begins on the first Tuesday of February every year.
Most of the players from the 2018 class of commits that I’ve spoken with have indicated they do plan on signing in December, but that doesn’t mean they will, or that they can enroll in college early. Quarterback Joe Milton is one player who has said he is interested in enrolling early. What the new period does is eliminate about six weeks of recruiting pressure from players who know what they want to do. Some may still opt to wait until February, but it will be interesting to see how schools react to players who have given commitments but choose to wait.
As with most new rules and laws, there will be unintended consequences and situations that arise.
Q: Does Michigan have a top recruit in QB? — Gregory Bergeron (via Facebook)
A: Segue from that last answer. Milton is ranked as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. He has built a good relationship with coach Jim Harbaugh and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton. I also previously mentioned Kevin Doyle, who is No. 21 on that list. As this season has shown, teams can’t have enough depth at the position. The top quarterbacks Michigan has offered in the 2019 class are J.T. Daniels from Santa Ana, Calif., Grant Gunnell from Houston, and Michael Johnson Jr., from Eugene, Ore.
Daniels has committed to Southern Cal, while Gunnell has committed to Texas A&M. Johnson is considering Oregon, where his father is the wide receivers coach.
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