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August 31, 2013The main event on Michigan's early-season schedule is next weekend, but that doesn't mean there will be a lack of visitors for U-M's season opener. Many of them are local underclassmen.
2014 CommitsGrand Rapids (Mich.) Christian wide receiver Drake Harris
Michigan's top-rated in-state commit to date has a Thursday evening game, and will head to Michigan Friday. The 6-4, 185-pound four-star will miss the first few weeks of his season due to a leg injury.
Southfield (Mich.) defensive end Lawrence Marshall - maybe
Marshall's team takes on a strong Cass Tech squad Friday night, and after a morning of recovery, the 6-4, 230-pounder will head down to Ann Arbor for his first game visit as a commit (he has attended as an uncommitted recruit in the past).
Underclass Prospects2015 Detroit Cass Tech offensive/defensive lineman Joshua Alabi - offered
Alabi holds a Michigan offer, and the 6-4, 250-pounder could play on either side of the line of scrimmage at the next level. His highest upside could be on offense, where he's needed most for the Technicians this fall.
2015 Detroit Cass Tech athlete/safety KeShawn Gilmore
Gilmore is a big-bodied athlete, growing to 6-2 and more than 200 pounds this offseason. He has played wide receiver and defensive back for Cass, and is likely to be a DB in college. He's still seeking scholarship offers.
2015 Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber - offered
Weber picked up an early Michigan offer, but with numbers looking tight in the 2015 class - and five-star Damien Harris already in the fold - it's not clear whether the 5-11, 205-pounder has a place in the class anymore. Still, he grew up a huge Michigan fan, and will consider the Wolverines as long as there's a possibility he can wind up in the Maize and Blue.
2016 Farmington (Mich.) wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick has been a repeat visitor to Ann Arbor, most recently for Michigan's 2016 Barbecue at the Big House recruiting event in late July. The 5-11, 170-pounder is polished for his age, and will only continue to get bigger and more physical. He could be one of the top sophomores in the state.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech cornerback LaVert Hill
Hill is the younger brother of Michigan freshman Delano Hill, but he's just 5-9, 170 pounds, and likely to stay at corner (rather than safety, where Delano ended up at Cass and in college). He has excellent coverage skills, and should end up one of the top 2016 prospects. The Wolverines clearly have an "in" with him thanks to his brother.
2016 Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy wide receiver Jalen Martin
Martin is a talented two-sport athlete, with an offer from Eastern Michigan in football and more to come on the hardwood. The 6-3, 190-pounder is a former teammate of Michigan freshman wideout Csont'e York.
Detroit Cass Tech 2016 offensive/defensive lineman Michael Onwenu
Onwenu could be the next big thing in the trenches at Cass Tech. He is hoping to visit Ann Arbor along with his teammates and coach. He already has D-1 size, tipping the scales at 6-2 and over 330 pounds.
2016 Farmington (Mich.) linebacker/defensive end David Reese
Fitzpatrick isn't the only talented prospect in Farmington's 2016 class. In fact, there are several, and Reese could develop into a bigtime prospect. His father was the coach at Southfield High School when former Wolverine Gabe Watson went through the school, so the football bloodlines are certainly there.
2017 Orchard Lake (Mich.) St Mary's linebacker Joshua Ross
Even though he's just a freshman, Ross might be one of the best players on the Eaglets' traditionally-talented roster already. The 6-2, 190-pounder is already taller than his older brother, U-M sophomore James, but needs to fill out to reach his potential as a linebacker. There's no reason to believe he can't do just that.
2016 Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Demetric Vance
Vance made his first major impact on the field for Cass Tech last night in the Technicians' win over Southfield High School, catching a few passes to move the chains. The 6-2, 180-pounder is hoping to change the stereotype of Cass Tech as a "mighty mite" factory.
Stay tuned to TheWolverine.com this afternoon for updates on which visitors we see at the game, and updates from those visitors.