The Wolverines did not recent any commits at the event itself, but as has happened in past years, a prospect went home and committed the following week.
This year, that prospect was Toledo Central Catholic's James Hudson, a high school defensive end who has been growing into a tackle and says the Wolverines plan to play him inside. At 6-foot-5, 280 pounds, he has the size to do that. He's a kid the Wolverines had a lead for, seemingly lost that lead when Michigan State turned up the heat, then made late efforts to to get the commitment. One key factor was the distance from home (45 minutes) allowing friends and family to easily see him come play.
Most of the kids who attended the event, at least in the older classes, already came in with offers, but the Wolverines offered two of their home state's best sophomores-to-be.
Belleville's Devontae Dobbs (6-5, 270 pounds) and East Kentwood's Logan Brown (6-6, 278 pounds) both have size and athleticism beyond their years, and both now have Michigan offers. It would not be a surprise to see these two kids end up as the two top kids in the state in that year. Brown told The Michigan Insider's Brice Marich that Michigan is already one of his top schools and he is "big time interested." (Full premium article)
Dobbs has a who's who of offers, but Michigan is going to be a top school for him. He comes from family of Michigan fans and his father was reportedly very excited about the offer. Brown now has offers from Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Central Michigan.
Movement with top prospects
It does not get much bigger than the nation's top prospect, Alabama running back commit Najee Harris, who made the trip with his mother. Sam Webb provided a pair of premium updates (#1, #2 and #3) which paint a picture of the Wolverines improving their position, being in the race, but still having work to do as the Tide continue to hold his commitment and schools like USC and Ohio Ste are coming after him still.
Update #1 also points to the connection Harris and fellow top prospect Donovan Peoples-Jones and their families were able to make with recruiting administrator Gwen Bush. All signs continue to point towards the Wolverines being the team to beat for Peoples-Jones.
Speaking of wide receivers, Nico Collins said Michigan is No. 1 ($), which is no surprise to those who have followed his recruitment. This was Iowa City West's fast-rising Oliver Martin's first time to campus and he says it put Michigan "at the top ($)" with other schools. He would like to make a decision this month, but notes that he will not rush it if he is not ready and at the moment, we think he still has more to see before he is ready to decide. Finally, Tarik Black had a good visit, to the point that Webb says Michigan may now take four receivers ($). Black spoke to Scout's Brian Dohn as well for this free update on his time at the BBQ.
In addition to Harris, another California five-star, cornerback Darnay Holmes told Scout's Greg Biggins that the visit "definitely moved Michigan up ($)" and that he spent some time with fellow Californians David Long and Dylan Crawford, both beginning their freshman seasons at Michigan. Holmes plans to return to Michigan for an official visit.
Along the offensive line, Toryque Bateman put Michigan at the top ($) of his list, and that the Wolverines said “Their message was to stay on top of my grades and ACT score..." which will be important factors in whether or not he ends up as a Wolverine. Isaiah Wilson made the trip and, as we understand, this is still a likely battle with Bama for the Brooklyn native. He has now set an official visit with Michigan for November 19. Massive (6-7, 344 pounds) Californian Aaron Banks had a good visit to Michigan and TMI now hears that the Wolverines are one of the top teams on his list. Another top offensive line target from the West Coast, four-star Henry Bainivalu, also made the trip to campus.
Flint Southwestern defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey made his way to Michigan for the first time since he was offered by the Wolverines and called the visit a '10' ($). Still, he is not likely to make a decision until after his football season is over and Michigan State remains the school we think the Wolverines have to battle the most although he has hinted there is an offer out there that would catch his attention, but declined to say which school that was.
Detroit Cass Tech safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell said recently that he would not make a decision until after his senior season, but attended the BBQ and said Michigan was in his top five ($). We continue to believe Michigan is the team everyone will be looking to beat when he takes his official visits.
Detroit King's Ambry Thomas came by with his mother, and reports have been positive on that end. TMI has updates coming from both Thomas and Mom on the visit.
At linebacker, Will Ignont attended as did offered 2018 Detroit Country Day product Kolin Demens.
Demens was part of a good crew of young prospects from Michigan who came including Cass Tech cornerbacks Kalon Gervin and Xavier Goldsmith, East Kentwood defensive tackle Mazi Smith, Belleville defensive back Patrick Lupro and King linebacker Tyrece Woods. Another interesting Belleville visitor is 2018 basketball star Davion Williams, who will play football this year and is said to be an explosive athlete with a lot of potential as a wide receiver.
Stay tuned to Scout and The Michigan Insider for much more on the BBQ throughout the week.