The Opening Preview: U-M Targets (Part 2)

The Michigan Insider takes a look at several other top Michigan targets competing at The Opening, including Lamar Jackson, Jordan Fuller, Jamyest Williams, and more.

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Lamar Jackson recently mentioned Michigan as one of the schools he “likes a lot” and is a pretty safe bet to make his final cut. But the Wolverines are battling West Coast stalwarts like USC, UCLA, and Oregon for him.

C.J. Pollard has been mentioning Michigan as one of his top schools with Arizona State, USC and Utah. He has visited ASU and Utah and has taken multiple trips to USC (his dad's alma mater).  He has indicated plans to visit Ann Arbor also, but he is expected to announce his decision at the Opening and most observers believe the victor will be USC.  Time will tell whether he takes any visits after that.

Jared Mayden is also expected to commit during the Opening, but he has already made know his intentions to take visits regardless.  At the Wolverines satellite camp in Dallas he insisted that Michigan would be one of those stops.

Jamyest Williams camped and Michigan last summer and visited again this spring.  He continues to be one Michigan is keeping an eye on.

David Long has been among the most coveted corner targets on Michigan's board going back to the winter, and he does plan to make his way to Ann Arbor this summer for a visit. The pressure will be on for the Wolverines to really impress since he doesn't plan to go the distance with his recruitment.

Eric Cuffee was adamant at Michigan's Dallas Satellite camp that he would be visiting Michigan.

LaVert Hill hasn't wavering his commitment to Penn State, but there is considerable in-state buzz that the Detroit King star could flip to the Spartans in the coming months.  Michigan hasn't given up its pursuit despite the apparent deterrents.  With his brother on the team, Tyron Wheatley running pint in his recruitment, and Erik Campbell (who established a relationship with the Hill family during Delano's Iowa recruitment) to help out, word has it that the Wolverines still believe they have a good shot at uniting Hill with his elder sibling.

Jordan Fuller lauded Michigan as one of his favorites early in his recruitment. That strong Michigan talk died down some, but he is still in frequent contact with the Wolverines.

Linebacker heavy

Devin Bush has Michigan very high on his list after two visits that appear to have taken Florida State (his dad's alma mater) from its leadership perch and put the Maize & Blue there.  Commitments from two of his teammates (Devin Gil and Josh Metellus) seemed to have further that lead.  He could announce his decision at any time, and most expect it to be Michigan.

Jonathan Jones recently took an extended visit to Michigan and came away even more convinced the school atop his leaderboard is located in Ann Arbor.  That said, he plans to maintain a patient approach to his recruitment, even if he sees the Wolverines filling up.

Dontavious Jackson is another inside backer target that was wowed by his time in ann arbor.  His bond with Wolverine fans during his spring game visit helped further establish the Maize Blue as one of his leaders.  During Michigan's satellite camp in Houston he guaranteed Michigan's place on his official visit list.

Caleb Kelly is one of the few SAM backer targets Michigan is pursuing. The five-star standout has had the Wolverines at or near the top of his leaderboard since a long spring visit to Ann Arbor with his mentor and trainer Tony Perry.  Michigan returned the visit favor by working Perry's camp (which Kelly attended) last month.  That seemed to really resonate with the talented youngster and firm the Wolverines' standing up even more.  UCLA appears to be the team Michigan is duking it out with at the top, but the race is far from over and there are a number of other suitors he is seriously considering.

Jeffrey McCulloch is one of Michigan's most coveted BUCK targets. He impressed with his versatility at the Wolverines' Houston satellite camp, and like his good friend Dontavious Jackson made it clear that Michigan would be in it with him until the end.

Daelin Hayes is another in-state prospect that hasn't wavered in his commitment. But Michigan is definitely keeping tabs on him.  He came home from playing high school football in California last year.  If he has a good season at Skyline and the Wolverines decided to turn up the heat, would he listen. Harbaugh & company will likely try to find out if in the first extended football action of his career his play is on par with his athletic ability.


Donovan Peoples-Jones – As a local playmaker, Peoples-Jones remains a top priority for Michigan in the Wolverines own backyard. While Peoples-Jones is paying attention to the recruiting roll Michigan has been on of late, his visit plans and currently approach to the recruiting process indicates he’ll likely make several trips across the nation before coming to a decision.

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