Michigan Football: No word on Drew Kendall, Rocco Spindler decisions

Michigan football is waiting to hear from its top remaining offensive line targets and a week out from Rocco Spindler’s decision, here’s what we know.

It’s not often in the world of recruiting, that a decision truly comes down to the wire, but when it comes to Rocco Spindler, Michigan football and Notre Dame, that’s exactly what we have.

At this point, we are eight days away from Spindler making his announcement on CBS Sports Network and even as we inch closer, there is no word emanating from Spindler — at all.

A lot of times, recruiting reporters will catch wind of a decision before it’s announced. Coaching staffs get told ahead of time and that will often leak out.

But as EJ Holland of Rivals reported Thursday night, there has been nothing but silence on the Spindler front and as of this moment, he doesn’t believe a decision has been made.

Here’s what Holland wrote in his most recent update ($):

“The Rivals100 Clarkston (Mich.) High offensive lineman is still playing things close to the vest and is doing his best to not tip his hat before his upcoming commitment on Aug. 8. Spindler has yet to inform coaches at Michigan and Notre Dame of his decision. As it stands right now, everyone is still in the dark. Spindler has not given any type of silent commitment.”

Essentially, all the experts from Rivals and 247 are saying this one is too close to call. The Michigan guys are sticking with their picks and the ND guys are too. Both sides feel confident and in eight days, we will find out which side was right and which was wrong.

What about Michigan football and Drew Kendall?

Of course, we can’t talk about Rocco Spindler without mentioning Drew Kendall. The two recruitments are linked, especially as Kendall, who once said he wanted to decide by the end of July, hasn’t indicated anything that would leave you to believe an announcement is coming.

At least, no announcement is likely going to come before Spindler decides. As I put in my final predictions for the 2021 recruiting class Thursday, this is a one or the other kind of situation.

I’ve been saying that if Kendall doesn’t commit to Michigan by the end of July, then I don’t like the Wolverines chances of landing him. That’s because I still believe Spindler, in the end, will choose Michigan, just as Braiden McGregor did in 2020.

And if that happens, I’d expect Kendall to go elsewhere. But, if Spindler spurns the Wolverines, then I think they will get Drew. So either way, Michigan football should be getting another four-star offensive guard in the next few weeks.

Spindler is ranked 48th overall in the 247 composite, while Kendall ranks 126th overall. Both are ranked in the top eight at their position.