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April 12, 2013Michigan's spring game is a football recruiting opportunity just as much as it's one chance for fans to see the team before the long wait until next season. Here's the expected visitors list.
Richmond (Va.) Collegiate School quarterback Wilton Speight
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole
St. Clairsville (Ohio) linebacker Michael Ferns
Salt Lake City Highland defensive tackle Bryan Mone
Mone couldn't make the trip, but will visit Ann Arbor during the summer.
Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier defensive tackle Brady Pallante (greyshirt)
Pallante visited last week, at which time he committed.
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris
The obvious headliner at this point among 2014 prospects. Harris is a 6-4, 180-pound Michigan state decommit who has the Wolverines at or near the top of his list. He is visiting Ohio State this afternoon before heading up to spend the rest of the weekend in Ann Arbor.
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake wide receiver Artavis Scott
Visiting along with his teammate, Michigan commit Mason Cole. Scott has visited Ann Arbor twice before with Cole, including for the Michigan State game last fall.
Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day wide receiver Moe Ways
Ways is high on Michigan - he's been in Ann Arbor each of the past two Saturdays - and has heard positive vibes from the coaching staff, though he'll have to continue waiting just a bit longer for an offer. The 6-3, 190-pounder is impressive physically.
Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood tight end Daniel Helm
Michigan was one of the first big-time programs to offer Helm, and became his favorite when he visited over Presidents' Day weekend. Others have entered the fray, but U-M is still in good shape.
Jefferson Hills (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson linebacker Chase Winovich
Winovich visited Michigan for a basketball game this Winter, and was disappointed when he left town without an offer. The Wolverines fixed that perceived injustice by offering the 6-4, 205-pounder Monday. He's a strongside linebacker candidate.
2015 DeWitt (Mich.) quarterback Jake Johnson
A lifelong U-M fan despite growing up in the shadows of Spartan Stadium, Johnson has visited Michigan multiple times in the past, and will return for this weekend's spring game.
2015 St. Charles (Ill.) East offensive lineman Brennan Bosch
Bosch is the younger brother of early-enrolled freshman Kyle Bosch, and although he's not quite as big as his brother yet (6-3, 255), he has only completed his sophomore season of football, and there's plenty of time to grow to a similar size.
2015 Cary Grove (Ill.) offensive lineman Trevor Ruhland
Ruhland's father, Matt, played on the offensive line at Iowa, so he has the bloodlines to be a successful Big Ten player. He also grew up idolizing the Big Ten as a conference - and Michigan in particular. He has yet to pick up his first scholarship offer, but at 6-4, 280, looks capable of playing in the Big Ten.
2015 Manlius (N.Y.) Fayetteville-Manlius defensive end Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
The son of the former Michigan standout by the same name isn't a running back with track speed like dad was. However, he's also much bigger, with a 6-6, 235-pound frame, and still has plenty of athleticism. He already holds a Michigan offer - and understandably grew up a fan of the Wolverines.
2015 Southfield (Mich.) defensive back/athlete Ray Buford Jr.
Buford has already made a spring trip to Ann Arbor, and the lifelong wide receiver will be recruited by the Wolverines as a defensive back. His 6-1, 160-pound size is a great fit at that position. He is still seeking his first scholarship offer.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman Ostell Martin
TheWolverine.com recruiting intern Branden Hunter shares that the big freshman from a Michigan feeder school plans to make his second visit of the spring to Ann Arbor. He previously visited for a weekend practice.
2016 Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson
Swenson should be one of the region's top 2016 prospects, and is already 6-5, 280 pounds as a freshman. He's already received a few scholarship offers - and grew up a Michigan fan.
As always, stay tuned during and after the spring game for updates to the visitors list with those who actually make the trip.