Michigan Wolverines news: Charles Woodson recruiting, crystal ball updates, and more

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In our latest Michigan Wolverines news roundup, Charles Woodson gets in on recruiting, there are some crystal ball updates and a U-M player wins NHL Rookie of the Year. 

Anytime Charles Woodson speaks about the Michigan football program, it gets people’s attention. It also turns heads when the man starts recruiting for the Michigan Wolverines, which he did on Monday.

Four-star cornerback Aaron Scott in the 2024 class, posted some pictures of his official visit to Ohio State and asked the people of “O-H-I-O to show luv.”

Well, as an Ohio native, from Fremont to be exact, Charles Woodson chimed in and the greatest defensive player in the history of the game didn’t need to say much.

Scott tweeted back at Woodson, saying, “Respect.” It might not make a difference in the end, but Michigan football does have a shot with Scott who is making his announcement on July 4. It certainly can’t hurt that the G.O.A.T. is doing a little recruiting for the Michigan Wolverines.

Some crystal ball updates for Michigan football

On the crystal ball front, there’s some good news and bad news for the Michigan Wolverines. Three-star defensive tackle Deyvid Palepale, who is set to decide on the first of July, is trending with USC predictions now. Michigan football is in his top three along with Penn State.

So it seems like Michigan will need to look elsewhere if it wants to add another defensive tackle in the 2024 class.

However, things are looking really good for four-star EDGE Elias Rudolph. The Michigan Wolverines have been trending as the favorite for the Florida defensive lineman. He’s 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, and ranked 217th overall in the 247 Sports composite rankings.

In addition to visiting Michigan this month, he has taken official visits to Penn State, Miami, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh. So if the Wolverines can wrap it up, it would be a nice recruiting win for a kid that has a bright future as a pass rusher.

Former Wolverine Matty Beniers wins NHL Rookie of the Year

The Michigan Wolverines hockey program is in a great place right now. Michigan has made the Frozen Four in consecutive years and is getting ready to take over the NHL with its talent.

It’s already happening in some ways as a former Michigan hockey player took home the NHL Rookie of the Year Award on Monday night.

Former U-M standout Matty Beniers of the Seattle Kraken, won the award, after leading first-year players in total points with 57. He scored 24 goals which ranked second among rookies and dished out 33 assists which put him in fourth.

Beniers was the No. 2 overall selection by Seattle in the 2021 NHL Draft and made the postseason in what was Beniers’ first season with the franchise.

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It was also the first time a Michigan hockey player has won the award, but with all of the talent heading to the league, it might not be the last.