Michigan Football: Expert predicts 4-star DE to Wolverines in 2022

Michigan football has been making a push with four-star defensive end Joe Strickland and one expert is now projecting him to the Wolverines. 

With March Madness coming to an end, at least for the Wolverines, much of the attention now shifts back to Michigan football.

Michigan has been taking part in spring workouts off and on over the past few weeks. And of course, things have been picking on the recruiting trail.

The recruiting dead period is supposed to be coming to an end in May, so Michigan football has been working on setting up official visits for recruits in June.

A number had already pledged to visit Ann Arbor in June on the 18-20 in what is shaping up as a big recruiting weekend for visitors.

Another recruit, Joe Strickland, a four-star defensive end out of the state of Indiana, recently set up his official visit to Michigan football too.

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And it’s been part of a push the Wolverines have been making with the 6-foot-4, 250-pound pass rusher who ranks No. 242 overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2022, as well as 12th among strong-side defensive ends.

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Strickland has been a top target for a while but there was a bit of a lull in his recruitment. It happened with a few guys during the change over in staff. Sebastian Cheeks is another who the Wolverines are re-engaging more and who will be taking an official visit to Ann Arbor.

At any rate, Michigan football has secured an official visit with Strickland, who also announced around the same time that he would take the same trip to Penn State.

That’s key because, in terms of expert predictions, the Nittany Lions appear to be the Wolverines top rival for Strickland. At 247 sports, the lone crystal ball prediction is favoring Penn State.

That was also the case over at Rivals, where the only Futurecast pick in for Strickland had him going to the Nittany Lions too. That is, until the recent push by Michigan.

That led the Rivals recruiting expert for Michigan football, E.J. Holland, to go all-in with his Futurecast pick for U-M just two days ago. That means it’s now 50/50 at Rivals.

Obviously, there’s a long way to go in this recruiting battle but it really does seem to be down to Penn State and Michigan.

The Nittany Lions have done a stellar job this cycle. They have landed a number of four-star targets, including four-star quarterback Drew Allar. This is shaping up to be another battle, but at least in the eyes of Holland, Michigan is the team to beat.