Michigan Football: What to expect on Early Signing Day

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Top recruiting targets left in 2022 

Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy four-star safety Keon Sabb

Man, Dabo Swinney really messed up here, huh? Just when it looked like Keon was lost to Clemson forever, Dabo has a dumb rule in place that doesn’t allow recruits to visit other schools once they’ve committed to Clemson. If they do, then they are forced to decommit.

What kind of a dumb rule is that? Dabo is taking away from a recruit’s experience. They only get to go through the recruiting experience one time while in high school. It should be a time of exploration and heavy debate, but also enjoyable.

Anyways, Sabb violated that Dabo “rule” and visited Ann Arbor for the Ohio State game and has since decommitted. Michigan football is now the favorite to land the four-star safety. Expect him to put pen to paper and make it official on Wednesday with the Wolverines.

Baltimore St. Frances Academy four-star DL Derrick Moore

To be honest, I didn’t really know about this recruit until a few days ago. Michigan always need a big-bodied defensive lineman, so you can’t say no to him.

There is a slight problem though. Former St. Frances Academy head coach Biff Poggi is on staff at Michigan, and there is a rule in place which prevents schools from hiring support staff for a two-year window before and after a prospect’s commitment.

I don’t expect this to be a problem though. Michigan football was able to get a waiver for Blake Corum and Nikhai Hill-Green, so they should be able to find a way to get around that rule.

Currently, Moore has one crystal ball for Michigan, as he decommitted from Oklahoma last month after the whole Lincoln Riley situation.

I wouldn’t say for sure expect him to end up as a Wolverine, but more than likely, he will probably put pen to paper and sign with the class. Just be on the lookout for his name throughout the day on Wednesday (we’ve also got to pray that if he does sign with Michigan, it doesn’t turn into a whole Xavier Worthy-type of debacle again because frankly, Michigan fans wouldn’t be able to handle that BS).

Ponchatoula (La.) three-star WR/DB Amorion Walker

Michigan’s recruitment of Walker has went on a very long time. Although Walker has stayed committed to Notre Dame all of this time, I fully expect him to flip tomorrow and sign with Michigan.

All three crystal balls are in Michigan’s favor, and Michigan only has one WR committed in the class right now (Tyler Morris), so he wouldn’t have a  ton of competition in his own recruiting class with Michigan.

Detroit Cass Tech four-star defensive tackle Deone Walker

Again, just like Derrick Moore, Deone Walker would fill a need along the interior of Michigan’s defensive line if he commits. Michigan can’t really do much else. They’ve been recruiting him for a very long time. He’s 6-6 and 350 pounds. Michigan could use another mammoth defensive lineman on the interior.

The recruitment has been rocky at times, with Deone Walker seemingly about to commit to Michigan, but then backing off and pushing his commitment dates further and further down the timeline. Hey, fans might get frustrated at this (I’ll even admit I have as well before), but again, these kids should get to enjoy their recruiting process.

You never want these recruits to feel like they are being rushed into something (although OSU, Bama, and those other elite recruiting schools do that to recruits year in and year out), even if it takes five-six extra months for them to decide

I’m optimistic that Michigan will win over his services and he will sign tomorrow with the Wolverines. They have made it known that they need and want him, he’s close to home, so let’s hope he makes us all happy tomorrow.

Portland (Ore.) Westview four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons

Over the weekend, Darrius visited Michigan, and apparently, things went extremely well. Michigan picked up a projection from 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and also analyst Brandon Huffman. It’s funny because Darrius had cooled on Michigan just a few months ago, but notice when you win big games you attract attention?

If Michigan had had a mediocre 8-4 or 7-5 season, Darrius would not be projected to Michigan I can tell you that with 100% certainty. It also helps too that former Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal left for Miami, as that’s where Darrius was expected to commit for a long time.

I expect him to commit to Michigan tomorrow as well. The guy runs a verified 4.37 40-yard dash, so if he commits, Michigan would finally have that burner that they’ve been searching for what seems like an eternity for.