Friday, August 5, 2016

Michigan Friday: Time For the BBQ At The Big House

Thanks to the real Jimmy's BBQ in Malvern, PA
This is always one of the most exciting recruiting events of the summer for the Wolverines.   It means, Fall Practice/Camp/Submarine is about to start and that Michigan will be hosting some of the top talent the country for a BBQ. 

Just to remind everyone, Michigan has to charge a couple of dollars to each guest, so they don't break any NCAA rules.    Recruits are not yet able to take official visits so this trip in on their dime.   This is an invitation only event.

A majority of the current commits are planning on attending, just 3 out of state guys won't make it in (Aubrey Solomon, Kai-Leon Herbert, and AJ Dillon). 

High priority 2017 recruits attending (per 24/7):

Nation's top prospect - five-star RB Najee Harris
Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones
Five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes
Four-star athlete Sione Heimuli-Lund
Four-star athlete Markquese Bell
Four-star wide receiver Nico Collins
Four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin
Four-star wide receiver Tarik Black
Four-star tight end Josh Falo
Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson
Four-star offensive tackle Aaron Banks
Three-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman
Four-star defensive end Deron Irving-Bey
Four-star defensive end James Hudson
Four-star linebacker Jordan Anthony
Four-star linebacker Will Ignont
Four-star cornerback Ambry Thomas
Four-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell

Thoughts on the above:

Would love for Michigan to grab more interest from Najee Harris a current Alabama commit, but we have a long road there.   The WR group is very deep for the visit including DP-J, Nico Collins, Opening Star Oliver Martin and Tarik Black.   To follow that up, most expect that Josh Falo is Jimmy's top TE on the board. 

Darnay Holmes like Harris is picking up his own tab in flying in from California, so he is serious about Michigan but probably not the leader in the clubhouse.

Michigan's top offense lineman will also be in attendance.  Isaish Wilson has always been high on Michigan and Toryque Bateman should be on "commit watch".  There isn't much room on the boat will the recent commits, I think Bateman dropping is likely.

The instate guys don't need to see the campus again as they all have been regular visitors to Ann Arbor.   Will someone from this elite group pull the trigger on a commitment?  Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Ambry Thomas or Donovan Peoples-Jones?  I doubt it, with official visits starting soon, I think these guys would like to see some other schools.

Another guy that says he is ready to commit is OH DE James Hudson.  The issue is, most feel its to MSU.  We will see if Michigan can grab his attention over some Ribs and Chicken. 

This weekend is also for 2018 and 2019 recruits and there will be 8-10 of those recruits as well. 

I'm excited for the recruits to get to check out the official Jumpman gear and be in a relaxed environment with the coaches.   This event usually drives a few commitments that will happen immediately or during the next week.   Hopefully, some of the guys can stay and watch practice on Monday.

I will post any commitments as soon as I hear about them, with more details coming on Monday.  
Enjoy your weekend!