Michigan football hasn’t gotten a commitment on the recruiting trail since July but the Wolverines look like the favorite now with a five-star offensive tackle.
Beating Western Michigan isn’t going to do a lot for recruiting, but there’s no doubt that the way Michigan football looked last week was a positive.
The Wolverines looked explosive on offense and the defense actually used its best players in the proper ways such as Daxton Hill and Aidan Hutchinson.
But in the long term, beating the Broncos isn’t going to be a measure of success Michigan football can sell to recruits, but beating Washington this weekend would certainly help, especially with a number of elite-level recruits set to visit.
Five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly Jr. is one of the recruits set to visit this weekend and prior to that, Michigan football recruiting expert EJ Holland of Rivals put in a Futurecast pick, projecting him to the Wolverines.
Conerly is ranked 20th overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for 2022 and has two crystal ball projections to Washington, as well as a Futurecast pick. But those were months ago and certainly before the shocking loss to Montana last week.
Now, the Huskies head to Ann Arbor, and Conerly, who is from Seattle, will be in attendance. Although other programs are in the mix, such as USC, Michigan football seems to have taken the lead and can cement that with a win over the Huskies.
That win, which could lead to a 4-0 start for the Wolverines, could at least end some of the stability questions as Michigan would at least look like well…Michigan.
Unlike crystal balls, Rivals doesn’t have confidence levels to go with Futurecast picks, and while it’s a good sign all the same — the Wolverines have work to do, especially on Saturday.
Michigan football gets crystal ball for in-state recruit
The Wolverines don’t have a commitment yet in the 2023 recruiting class but that could be changing soon and one of the recruits most likely to commit early is Semaj Morgan.
Morgan is listed as a three-star wide receiver according to the 247 sports composite rankings and is the fifth-ranked player in the state of Michigan in that class out of West Bloomfield. He’s 44th among wideouts and 314th overall, just outside of being a four-star recruit.
Recently, Allen Trieu of 247 sports placed a crystal ball for the Wolverines this week with a confidence level of six. Of course, Holland put a pick in for Michigan football months ago.
Morgan was on campus last weekend and it’s going to be back for the Washington game and who knows, he could be the first big win of the 2023 recruiting class.