There’s no doubt that Rocco Spindler and Donovan Edwards are among Michigan football’s most important targets in 2021 and here is the latest on each.
The 2021 recruiting cycle hasn’t gone the way anyone expected with all the changes in the sports world and for Michigan football, it could mean earlier decisions from two critical targets.
While the Wolverines have put together a really solid class up to this point, with 19 commitments total including 10 four-star recruits according to the 247 sports composite rankings, some key pieces haven’t come into the fold yet and two of them are Rocco Spindler and Donovan Edwards.
Since no other running backs have committed as part of the 2021 class and U-M doesn’t have any other top-100 skill guys outside of quarterback J.J. McCarthy, Edwards has to be the No. 1 priority for the class. However, Spindler would be another huge get as the No. 50 prospect in the 247 composite. Edwards sits at No. 38.
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Both players, who are from the state of Michigan, have said they want to wait and take visits this fall before making a final decision. Yet, after each player spoke with EJ Holland of Rivals ($) this week, he revealed that may not be the case.
Despite Spindler saying just recently he planned on taking all of his visits, Holland indicated Spindler could make up his mind around August 15. And since the dead period was extended by the NCAA through August and could go through September, both guys could be waiting a while for visits, so it makes sense.
As far as whether that’s good news for Michigan football, I’d say so. The staff has pushed really hard for him, but Notre Dame owns half his crystal balls and has 66 percent of the Futurecast picks from Rivals. Holland said ($) the staff feels like this will play out as Braiden McGregor’s recruitment did and we all know how that went.
In terms of Edwards, Michigan seems more entrenched as the leader and he indicated to Holland he could make a decision at any time. Certainly, he’d like to take visits, as with Spindler, but if it becomes clear it won’t happen for a couple of months, maybe he will up and announce.
It’s always good to have someone announce when things are trending in your direction. Oklahoma and Georgia are the biggest threats for Edwards and have been. But Jim Harbaugh and company have done a great job and if he decides before the season, my bet is on the Wolverines.