Michigan Football: Updating some key recruiting battles for Wolverines

It was a big weekend on the recruiting trail for Michigan football and there were good things that happened, as well as some bad and here’s a breakdown.

It was a big weekend on the recruiting trail for Michigan football and while some key targets paid a visit to the Wolverines, that wasn’t the only thing going on.

While there certainly is some good news coming out of the weekend for Michigan football, the first bit of bad news has to do with five-star wide receiver from 2020 Julian Fleming. The No. 5 overall player from 2020 and the top receiver in the class left the Wolverines out of his top five.

Michigan’s hire of Josh Gattis seemed to get the Wolverines back in the race for Fleming, who has drawn comparisons to guys like Julio Jones and A.J. Green, however, UM will need to focus elsewhere and in truth, it has no shortage of targets at the position.

The news about Fleming is a bummer, especially since it looks like he will end up with either Penn State or Ohio State, but there is good news for Michigan football with another five-star recruit and that is in-state offensive lineman Justin Rogers.

Rogers visited Michigan Saturday and it seems like things went well for the Wolverines with the No. 16 prospect in 2020 according to the 247 sports composite rankings. He’s predicted by 247 to land with Ohio State, so the Wolverines desperately needed to gain ground and according to The Michigan Insider, it appears they did.

Four-star defensive end Braiden McGregor, another top in-state prospect, also visited Michigan for the second time in a month. According to Wolverines Wire, he has some more visits to make and then he will sign early.

Michigan football is still in a dog fight with McGregor but the Wolverines do seem to be the favorites as of right now but that can always change. On another front, a different player came away impressed with his visit to Ann Arbor and that was four-star corner Luke Hill.

Half of Hill’s crystal ball predictions have him going to Clemson but he clearly came away impressed with the visit and he told Wolverines Wire that UM was on his top five list along with Clemson, Oregon, Florida and Ohio State.

Things can change quickly in recruiting but for the most part, it seems the Wolverines had a positive weekend, even if one of the top players in the country crossed Michigan off his list.