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Weekly Recruiting Wrap: Garden State of mind

Michigan's coaches is making bigtime inroads in the state of New Jersey (and across the Mid-Atlantic region), and surely the staff will be paying close attention to the Rivals Camp Series stop in the Garden State this weekend.
More than a dozen players with Michigan offers - and many more who could receive that honor down the road - will participate at Piscataway (N.J.) High School, and the on-field action should be plenty intriguing. The recruiting news to flow out before the competition itself will be just as exciting for Wolverine fans to follow.
Gary on topThe highest-ranked player in attendance will be Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 2016 defensive tackle Rashan Gary, a five-star and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country. The 6-4, 290-pounder will have plenty of good offensive linemen to test himself against, but there's no question he should stand out in one-on-ones.
For Michigan fans, the next phases of his recruitment should be just as interesting. Gary visited Ann Arbor in the spring, and is tentatively planning a return to campus for the coming months. His former head coach at Paramus Catholic, Chris Partridge, is now a recruiting staffer in Ann Arbor, which should help.
If Gary has firmed up plans for his U-M return, Michigan fans can start to get excited about the possibility of reeling in a five-star defensive lineman.
Recent offersSeveral prospects will hit the field for the first time since picking up an offer from the Maize and Blue.
2016 LB Koby Quansah
West Hartford (Conn.) Kingswood Oxford • 6-1, 212 pounds
Four-star, No. 6 inside linebacker and No. 186 overall prospect nationally
Quansah picked up a Michigan offer in mid-February, and has expressed interest in visiting since, but hasn't yet had the opportunity. He'll have the chance to show what it is that college coaches like about him (Iowa, North Carolina, Pitt, and Wisconsin are among his other options) by competing with better competition than he usually sees in Connecticut.
2016 WR Donald Stewart
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic • 6-4, 180 pounds
Two-star, No. 31 prospect in New Jersey
Stewart played his first season at Paramus Catholic this fall under Partridge, after heading over from Seton Hall Prep where he played as a sophomore. He put up big numbers, but has to show the physical development to move up the rankings. He has the size - and is developing good speed - to be a three-star prospect or better, and proving he can get open in one-on-one will help him.
2017 RB D'Andre Swift
Philadelphia St. Joseph's Prep • 5-10, 201 pounds
Four-star, 6.0
Swift is one of the most exciting players in attendance, as evidenced by his early offer list: Alabama, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech were in the mix before Michigan hopped in earlier this week. The high school teammate of 2015 signee Jon Runyan Jr. is an electric prospect who has built up his mass to add power to his game, and should have the chance to impress in competition.
2017 DE Corey Bolds
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic • 6-3, 268 pounds
Bolds picked up a Michigan offer when he visited campus along with Gary, with the Wolverines joining Boston College and Rutgers on the list. If U-M is building a pipeline to Paramus Catholic, Bolds would certainly be a piece of that. Despite his size, he has burst off the edge and could be a standup pass rusher, or grow into a three-technique tackle.
2017 LB Drew Singleton
Paramus (N.J.) Catholic • 6-2, 210
Singleton picked up his Michigan offer Wednesday along with Stewart. He's been hyped for a couple years as one of the next great players out of Northern New Jersey's most talented program of recent vintage. If he shows out on the field, expect the competition for his services (currently just Rutgers and Boston College) to increase.
U-M on the riseMichigan has been in hot pursuit of Philadelphia Imhotep Charter 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur since last summer, and his interest has been piqued by the arrival of a tight end-friendly offense under Jim Harbaugh. He's tentatively planning to make it back to Ann Arbor this offseason, and finding out his plans to return could be in the offing during interviews.
The South Jersey trio of 2016 four-stars Ahmir Mitchell (Egg Harbor City Cedar Creek) and Brad Hawkins Jr. and Ron Johnson (Camden High School) visited Michigan at the same time as Gary, and the Maize and Blue made a strong impression. Improving the chances with one probably improves the chances with all, and they're highly coveted prospects.
Could earn an offerJim Harbaugh dropped by Cheshire (Conn.) Cheshire Academy during the contact period to open this year, and although the 2015 propects didn't catch his eye, 2017 wide receiver Tarik Black certainly did.
Black is a 6-2, 184-pounder already ranked as a four-star prospect - and already holding offers from a number of East Coast schools. If he manages to dominate the competition in the manner that his physical tools should allow him to, expect many coaches to get word, including Harbaugh. While an offer shortly after the camp isn't a guarantee, if Black lives up to the early hype, it could happen.
Michigan has put effort into recruiting the East Coast, and Black projects as one of the region's best players. Testing himself against competition outside of Connecticut preps schools is a chance to prove he's worthy of bigtime offers.
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep 2017 offensive lineman Ben Petrula is also a prospect in whom Michigan has already shown interest. Petrula is a 6-5, 275-pounder with early offers from Rutgers and Temple, and St. Peter's Prep coach Rich Hansen indicated that Harbaugh has inquired about him.
If Petrula impresses against some of the best talent in the Northeast - including challenging reps against Gary - he should shoot up the board of many programs, including Michigan's.
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