Updated Visitors List: Feb. 16, 2014
The U-M basketball season is heating up, and football recruiting is one beneficiary. This weekend's contest against Wisconsin should see a number of underclassmen drop by Ann Arbor.
Michigan commits2016 Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson
Swenson was the first member of the U-M Class of 2016, and could end up as its highest ranked come Signing Day in nearly two years. Already 6-5, 290 pounds as a sophomore, Swenson is one of the ten players to watch in the 2016 class according to Rivals, which could eventually mean five-star status.
Class of 2016 prospectsBolingbrook (Ill.) linebacker Tuf Borland
With a name that seems to indicate he's destined for the linebacker position, Tuf Borland is one of the top 2016 linebackers in Illinois. He holds an offer from Illinois, and is in regular contact with several dozen other schools. This will be the 6-1, 215-pounder's first visit to Michigan.
Wyandotte (Mich.) Roosevelt wide receiver Donnie Corley
Corley is a 6-2, 170-pounder still looking for his first scholarship offer. He has good size, but more importantly the speed and ball skills to test a defense deep. He starts in the defensive secondary as well as on offense for his high school team.
Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah DeWeaver
DeWeaver comes from an established Michigan pipeline - Trotwood has sent Roy Roundtree, Mike McCray, and others to Ann Arbor in recent years - and has visited Ann Arbor multiple times already. The 6-2, 184-pounder is a pro-style passer and solid distributor who impressed at Michigan's 2013 summer camp.
Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg - likely
A 6-4, 265-pounder, Eichenberg already holds an offer from Ohio State - his only at this point in the process. He comes from one of Ohio's top high school programs (which produced the likes of U-M linebacker jake Ryan in recent years), and should have plenty of opportunity to show his stuff on the national stage going forward. He currently projects to guard, but could grow into a tackle in due time.
Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill defensive end Lawrence Gordon
Gordon was in attendance at last night's HYPE Showcase, but did not participate in the 7-on-7. The 6-5, 240-pounder has visited Ann Arbor multiple times, including for last summer's 2016 Barbecue at the Big House.
Muskegon (Mich.) offensive lineman Juanye Johnson
A 6-4, 275-pound right tackle for his high school team, Johnson is still young enough that he could grow into the tackle position in college or stay about the same height and become a guard down the road. Either way, he's one of the state's top 2016 offensive linemen, and one with plenty of potential. This will be his first visit to Michigan.
Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy wide receiver Jalen Martin
Martin is a big-bodied 6-3, 190-pounder who excels on the football field and the hardwood for Chandler Park Academy. He's been a teammate of freshman Wolverines (Derrick Walton Jr. in basketball and wide receiver Csont'e York in both) in each. He already holds an Eastern Michigan offer, and should see many more down the road.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy defensive/offensive lineman Prince Michael-Sammons
A 6-6, 260-pounder, Sammons has the frame to play either defensive end or offensive tackle, depending on how he fills out. He's new to the game after moving to the United States from Nigeria, and he didn't play as a freshman while waiting for his eligibility situation from the international move to be sorted out.
Mount Pleasant (Mich.) wide receiver Kalebb Perry
Perry put together a strong sophomore season at Mount Pleasant High School despite being limited by injuries. He's a 6-2, 165-pounder with speed and leaping ability that allow him to serve as a deep threat whether it's through running by the defense or over them to make a catch.
Farmington (Mich.) linebacker David Reese
The 6-1, 235-pound Reese plays linebacker for his high school team, but could even play defensive end in college if he continues to grow. He visited Ann Arbor this fall for a football game, and has made the rounds at the in-state programs. His father played at Michigan State, so the Spartans were a sentimental favorite growing up.
Midland (Mich.) Dow tight end/wide receiver Mike Robb
Robb is a towering high school wide receiver at 6-6, 190, but it's likely he'll pack on weight and move to the tight end position as his body continues to develop. He has good speed - timed in the 4.7-second range in the 40-yard dash - and ball skills, and should become a legit BCS prospect in due time.
Naperville (Ill.) Central wide receiver/defensive back Emmanuel Rugamba
A 6-0, 170-pounder, Rugamba played both ways for his high school team this fall and hasn't determined which he feels is his best long-term fit. This will be his first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor.
Hartland (Mich.) tight end Nathan Skene
The son of former U-M offensive lineman Doug Skene, Nathan doesn't quite have the wide frame of his All-Big Ten dad. However, thanding 6-5 and 190 pounds as a sophomore, he should continue to fill out and develop the body of a Big Ten-caliber tight end. He has visited Ann Arbor several times, including for the 2016 BArbecue at the Big House in July.
Delaware (Ohio) Hayes outside linebacker Ethan Tucky
Already standing 6-3, 215 pounds, Tucky has a long, lean frame ideal for growing into the outside linebacker position at the next level. He holds an early offer from Eastern Michigan, and has taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Notre Dame, and others.
Class of 2017 prospectsDetroit East English Village Prep offensive lineman Emani Mason
Mason is likely to be one of the state's top prospects in the 2017 class, and already stands 6-4, 265 pounds even though he's just a freshman. He started at left tackle for a program that sent Khalid Hill to Michigan in the 2013 class, and also produced the likes of Brandon Graham in past years (in a previous incarnation as Crockett High). Mason visited multiple times this fall.
Miamisburg (Ohio) offensive lineman Josh Myers
Myers already holds offers from Illinois and Indiana, and stands 6-5, 260 as a freshman in high school. This will be his first visit to Ann Arbor, and he also has trips planned to Tennessee and others this offseason. His older brother Zach plays on the offensive line at Kentucky.
Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill defensive end/tight end Will Rogers
A 6-6, 235-pounder, Rogers was one member of a physically imposing defensive front for Arthur Hill, while also contributing a bit on the offensive side of the ball. He's still a young player, so his body should develop in time.
Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's linebacker Joshua Ross
Ross is the younger brother of U-M junior standout linebacker James Ross. The younger brother is already taller, at just over 6-1, but will have to dedicate himself in the weight room to get as massive as James was in high school. Either way, he has similar instincts and athleticism. Ross already holds offers from Michigan State and Oklahoma.
Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban running back Todd Sibley
Sibley tore up the competition this fall even though he was just a freshman. Of course, he doesn't look much like a freshman already standing 5-11 and 188 pounds. He could end up being one of Ohio's top Class of 2017 prospects when all is said and done.
Not AttendingMerrillville (Ind.) Andrean 2015 linebacker Josh Barajas
A recent Michigan offer, the 6-3, 215-pound Barajas will visit Michigan State Sunday instead. He will head to Ann Arbor a weekend with a greater 2015 presence.
Farmington (Mich.) 2016 wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick
Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's 2016 linebacker/athlete Daelin Hayes
Both Fitzpatrick and Hayes had tentatively planned to visit Michigan this weekend, but altered their plans in order to attend the Core6 Showcase in Cincinnati Sunday. They will reschedule for a later week.
St. Joseph (Mich.) defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher
A 6-3, 210-pound freshman playing on the varsity, Malone-Hatcher put together a solid first high school campaign. He had planned to visit this weekend, but has an AAU basketball conflict and will make up the trip.
Stay tuned over the next couple days for further updates to the list, and Sunday afternoon for visit reactions from the prospects in attendance.
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