Michigan Football: A worrisome crystal ball for top 2022 target

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It seemed like Kentucky was gaining momentum with four-star defensive tackle Deone Walker and the top target is starting to trend away from Michigan football.

The 2022 recruiting class for Michigan football is short on four-star commitments. Yet, one four-star recruit who appeared likely to join the Wolverines class at some point was Deone Walker.

Walker is a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle from Detroit Cass Tech. Michigan football offered him relatively early in the process and has continued to push hard for him.

Earlier this summer, Michigan began trending with crystal ball projections for Walker, who took multiple visits to Ann Arbor and everything was going well.

That is until the SEC started to show more interest. Kentucky was always a player in this recruitment, in part because of Steve Clinkscale, who did a stellar job recruiting the state for Kentucky before joining the Michigan football coaching staff.

Alabama jumped in with an offer and then, Mario Eugenio ended up de-committing. It sounded like he was processed and Walker didn’t sound too happy about it. He and Eugenio had talked about playing together before and were each recruiting each other to Michigan.

Now that’s off and despite visiting recently, Walker received a crystal ball with a confidence level of six from a Kentucky 247 sports insider in favor of the Wildcats.

The rest of the projections are in Michigan’s favor but Allen Trieu also dropped his confidence level recently and this is another sign that things are going in the wrong direction with Walker.

2022 commitment takes visit to ACC school

While Walker was never committed to Michigan football, it would still hurt to miss out on him. But another player in the 2022 recruiting class who is currently committed to Michigan but probably won’t sign is wide receiver Tay’Shawn Trent.

There has been lots of chatter about Trent not being part of Michigan’s 2022 class. Maybe the Wolverines are going to process him too or there could be another reason.

But over the weekend, he took a visit to Louisville, which gives you an idea of where this could be headed. Trent is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds but continues to drop in the rankings and is now just a three-star according to the 247 sports composite rankings.

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And it seems like he won’t be a Wolverine in 2022. That’s what the tea leaves are saying anyway.