Michigan Football: Wolverines moving up with elite 2020 WR A.J. Henning

Michigan football hosted a bunch of top-notch recruits last weekend and one guy the Wolverines made a good impression with was top 2020 WR A.J. Henning.

It has been well documented that the Michigan football program has focused its recruiting efforts on 2020 and beyond and so far, that shift has been a successful one.

Michigan football hosted a bunch of 2020 and 2021 recruits in Ann Arbor last weekend and one the guys in attendance was four-star wide receiver from 2020, A.J. Henning. Henning was probably the most high-profile recruit in attendance, as the No. 51 overall player for 2020 and the eighth-ranked wide receiver according to 247 sports.

Early on, Michigan football didn’t seem to have much of a shot with Henning, however, after he released his top 10 with the Wolverines included, that thinking changed a little. Henning was also high on the hiring of offensive coordinator Josh Gattis.

Well, over the weekend, it appears that Michigan did enough to become a player in Henning’s recruitment, which isn’t something you could say a couple of weeks ago. This comes from a report by Steve Lorenz of the Michigan Insider, who states in his article ($): “Michigan did what they needed to do and they’re trending up.”

That certainly sounds like good news for the Wolverines, who would love to land the 5-foot-10, 175-pound wide receiver that Gattis said would be a perfect fit for the new offense which emphasizes speed in space. Lorenz actually quoted Gattis as saying Henning is a “near-perfect fit for what Michigan is looking to do offensively.”

While Michigan football is going to be in the hunt for Henning, it doesn’t mean the Wolverines are going to get him signed. The top player from Illinois is also being pursued heavily by both Notre Dame and Ohio State and right now, the Fighting Irish hold 83 percent of his crystal ball predictions. Ohio State holds 17 percent.

But there is a long way to go until players in the 2020 class can sign, nearly 11 months in fact. So a lot of things can change. The hiring of Gattis certainly seems to have bolstered the Wolverines chances and who knows, the vision of Michigan’s explosive offense might be enough to get Henning to UM. At this point, only time will tell.