GBW Recruiting: News & Notes

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Erik Swenson—2016 OL Downers Grove (Ill.) High—Swenson was on Michigan's campus for their camp last month, and came away impressed after his two-day visit. It's no secret that he grew a Michigan fan, and has stated that Michigan is one of his top-three schools at the moment. His next visit will be for the BBQ at the Big House later this month. He also says he plans to attend the Michigan versus Notre Dame game under the lights Sep. 7. Michigan will be in on him till the end. He says he doesn't plan on camping at any more schools, cause he already has the offers that he wants. He wants to stay in the Midwest, too.

Desmond Fitzpatrick—2016 WR Farmington (Mich.) High—He already has three offers to his credit, with Indiana being the biggest name on his list. He is generating interest from bigger schools in the Big Ten, including Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Maryland, to name a few. Still growing, he comes in at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, and will most likely be one of the top wide receivers in the Midwest when it's all said and done. He said he grew up a Michigan fan and might be on campus for the Barbecue at the Big House later this month.

Jayru Campbell—2015 QB Detroit Cass Tech—He coming off his second straight state championship and is looking for his third in a row when Cass open up their season against Southfield (Mich.) High this August. Campbell has been a mystery to Michigan fans, not on who he is, but will he ever get a U-M offer? He has the winning pedigree. He is familiar with the program. Cass has a known pipeline to Ann Arbor. With all that being said, he says Michigan is staying in contact and wants to see how he develops this season. So having a huge junior campaign will bode well for Campbell on getting a U-M offer or not. It should be interesting to watch.

Matt Draper—2015 LB Cleveland Glenville—He camped at Michigan last month and definitely had the attention of the coaches. He is a speed linebacker No .1. He already has notable offers from Louisville, Cincinnati and Kentucky. What's crazy about his offer list, is he was mostly a backup and special teams contributor last season at Glenville. Along with the Wolverines, he camped at MSU and OSU and is certainly a name to keep an eye on moving forward.

Justin Tranquill—2015 Safety Fort Wayne (Ind.) High—Already with a Toledo offer, Tranquill came to the U-M camp last month with little knowledge of the Wolverines. The younger brother of Drue Tranquill, Justin can play some football, too. He was one of the top performers at Michigan's camp, and says he plans on coming back to visit Ann Arbor for a game in the fall.

Jon Runyan Jr.—2015 OL Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's Prep—Runyan Jr. came to the U-M camp to prove he was worthy of a Michigan offer, he would earn an offer and commit a week later. It was no surprise that he committed. He admitted he was a lifelong Wolverine fan and is the son of former U-M great, Jon Runyan. He is currently 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, and will most likely play on the inside once he gets to campus.

Ray Buford—2015 CB Southfield (Mich.) High—Buford made the switch to cornerback from wide receiver this off season, and is now getting looked at by many BCS schools, and Michigan is one of them. He has already been to Michigan's campus numerous times and admits he grew up a fan of the program. He already holds offers from Toledo and Eastern Michigan, and more are surely to follow. If he has a big junior season, Buford's recruitment could heat up tremendously.

Brian Cole—2015 WR Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage High—Cole is a big time talent, and already holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Ohio State, to name a few. He was on Michigan's campus during their camp and brought his mom (her first time on campus) along for the first the visit. He says he likes the Wolverines a lot. While he won't name a leader, Michigan seems like they will be part of his recruitment till the end.

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