Michigan Recruiting Roundup (1/18)

Michigan is in the final four for a four-star 2015 OL target, has one big card left to play in the battle for Chris Clark, and must react to a few roads being closed off in its search for another 2015 quarterback. Plus links to visit reactions from all the major targets on campus for Jim Harbaugh's first big visit weekend.

Searching for Trench Help

Michigan’s new staff hadn’t been very active in recruiting the offensive until the last few days. Today Michigan offered UCONN commit Nolan Ulizio.  And late last week new Wolverines’ assistant Jay Harbaugh made his way to Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin to check in on an offensive lineman that was a major target for Michigan’s previous staff, Patrick Allen

The four-star offensive tackle was once committed to Georgia, but decommitted due to a change at offensive line coach and offensive coordinator in Athens.  With his recruitment now reopened the 6-5, 285-pounder is taking another look at the schools he took official visits to last fall. One of those trips was to Ann Arbor for the Minnesota game.  On the strength of that visit and the younger Harbaugh’s recent contact, Michigan is back in the mix.  Allen informed GoBlueWolverine today that his final four are Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Michigan.  Any surge the Maize & Blue makes from this point on will be a function of the relationships and comfort he builds with coaches during their upcoming visits with him over the next few weeks. Check back for more on this story tomorrow.

Face Time with Clark

Michigan did some of that relationship building with 5-star TE Chris Clark this weekend, and that definitely impacted the state of his leaderboard.  Next up is his official visit to Westwood next weekend for what will likely be his last official visit.  That would seemingly give the Bruins the advantage when it comes to making the final impression.  The Pac 12 power has been shrewd in positioning its visits (Jim Mora had his in-home with Clark the day before the talented youngster headed out for Ann Arbor), but the Wolverines will have on big card left to play at the end.

Jim Harbaugh’s in-home will take place once the young man returns from the Golden State.

As the QBs Turn

In between now and then one of Harbaugh’s prime objectives will clearly be finding more quarterback options for 2015 class. Two quarterback targets committed to other schools that Michigan had been showing interest in shut things down completely today.

GoBlueWolverine has learned that Ohio State commit Joey Burrow informed Michigan he will be sticking with Ohio State. Missouri commit Drew Lock informed Michigan he will be sticking with Missouri.

There still is Gilmer (Tex.) quarterback McLane Carter whose coach last week reported will receive a visit from Harbaugh.  Expect for more stones to be turned over in the coming days.

On the 2016 front Scout.com Ohio analyst Dave Berk checked in with news from longtime Michigan quarterback commit Messiah deWeaver.

“Just got done speaking with DeWeaver who recently transferred to Huber Heights Wayne,” said Berk.  “He's spoken to coach Harbaugh and is planning a visit to Michigan before the end of the month. No real quotes until he has that meeting, but says still a Michigan pledge.  Florida the most recent school to reach out to him.”

Visit Reactions

The first leg of Jim Harbaugh’s first visit weekend is in the books and Scout.com caught up with the each of the visitors for updates. Premium members can catch up by clicking the links below. Not a premium member yet? Click here.

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