Jay Toia and other Michigan football targets enjoyed their visits this weekend but none ended up committing to the Wolverines.
That doesn’t mean that Michigan won’t land the former top-200 recruit who signed with USC in 2021 and enrolled early before entering the transfer portal.
Toia is a huge target and would be a monster addition based on his talent and position. Michigan football needs more talent at defensive tackle and Toia is as good as U-M could have expected in its search for defensive tackle help in the transfer portal.
Toia is also considering UCLA and he visited the Bruins also. Yet, he seemed to really enjoy his visit to Ann Arbor and said “it felt like family.”
Toia has a strong connection with defensive line coach Shaun Nua and clearly, he can see the need the Wolverines have at the position. But Michigan is still a long way from California. There was some hope that he was going to commit this weekend but it obviously didn’t happen.
Still, you have to like Michigan’s chances, even if a little less than yesterday.
Micah Pollard commitment watch?
Three-star outside linebacker Micah Pollard was another official visitor over the weekend and he also reported this his visit went really well on Twitter. He used the word “amazing” to describe his visit and tagged a bunch of coaches.
Pollard is listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, and is out of Jacksonville, Florida. George Helow has strong ties to the area and has Michigan in it with a few recruits from Florida.
Ranked 525 overall in the 2022 class according to the 247 sports composite rankings, Pollard is also ranked 54th at his position and was already trending with crystal ball projections to the Wolverines.
U-M is high on his pass-rush ability and last season, he was credited with 27.5 tackles for loss, as well as 12 sacks. EJ Holland of Rivals has also projected Pollard to Michigan. Mike Farrell, a national reporter for Rivals, also added a Futurecast pick, so Pollard to U-M has definite smoke.
Pollard has a bunch of offers including from Auburn and Kentucky in the SEC, yet Michigan has felt like the favorite and while this is another case where it was surprising to see him leave without making a pledge, a commitment could be coming very soon.