Michigan Football: Latest on 5-star DT and unfavorable crystal ball at QB

Walter Nolen runs through a drill with his team on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during a practice at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova.091520 Walternolen 02 Msg
Walter Nolen runs through a drill with his team on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, during a practice at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova.091520 Walternolen 02 Msg /
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Five-star defensive tackle and Michigan football recruit Walter Nolen hints at a decision plus bad news about a QB target in 2022. 

The thing about recruiting is that it’s unpredictable. Few experts predicted that five-star defensive tackle Walter Nolen would be making a decision soon, but he tweeted on Sunday that he was “shutting down” his recruitment.

Nolen spent time with the Michigan football staff earlier this week at a camp in Memphis, but also just got done with a visit to Florida, which has people thinking the Gators are now the team to beat.

It’s hard to know exactly what that means because Nolen has visits scheduled with Alabama and Michigan coming up. Will those be canceled? It’s possible.

Florida obviously did a good job with its visit and Nolen was always going to be hard to get out of SEC country, but it’d be surprising if he didn’t at least visit Bama before making his decision.

His grandparents also live in Michigan and the Wolverines seemed to be in a really good spot just a few days ago. They have always been around the top 3-5. Yet, in the end, you’ve got to be No. 1 and right now, that team feels like the Gators.

And even though Jim Harbaugh spent a lot of time with Nolen this week, if he makes a decision before taking his official visit to Ann Arbor, it’s hard to see him picking the Wolverines.

QB target projected to Ole Miss

Michigan football has been all over the place with its quarterback recruiting in 2022 as target after target keeps winding up elsewhere.

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Some of the recent focus has been on four-star quarterback Justyn Martin, who is committed to Cal but is taking visits and looking at other options.

Michigan is going to host Martin for a visit and the Wolverines seemed to have a solid shot at flipping the California prospect, but now, Ole Miss has picked up a crystal ball for the 6-foot-4 passer ranked in the top 300 according to the 247 sports composite rankings.

Yancy Porter flipped his pick, which was previously for Cal to Ole Miss. He’s also the Ole Miss insider for 247 sports. Martin has had a growing relationship with the Rebels and Lane Kiffin has a fun offense to sell to quarterbacks.

Martin has been under the radar with his talent level, but his recruitment has picked up lately. Ole Miss appears to be the new favorite to flip Martin, but once U-M has him on campus, then you never know, it could still win out.