A major position of need for Michigan this recruiting cycle is offensive line. The Wolverines will be losing several from the trenches after this season and are looking to restock the cupboards on the recruiting trail. The 2017 class currently has four commits on the offensive line with hopes of adding a few more to the mix. One of the stronger options had been Brooklyn (NY.) Poly Prep 2017 massive offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, but the four-star standout picked Georgia over Michigan earlier today.
So where might the Maize & Blue look to turn? One rising target could be Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley 2017 offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie. The Golden State star has been on their radar for several months. He was one of the many talented participants at Michigan’s satellite camp held in Antioch, California. It proved to an experience that made a positive impression.
“It was really good,” McKenzie told The Michigan Insider back in June. “We had a lot of fun out there. It was a good camp. I liked the atmosphere. The coaches were really cool.”
“It was learning with the coaches and learning technique,” he added. “I learned a lot of new stuff, new stuff that they do at Michigan. I learned some stuff that works in college, with college defensive linemen. It was really a lot of good knowledge.”
With the offensive line board shrinking, the Wolverine coaching staff appears ready to increase it's interest in McKenzien.
“I’m talking to the Michigan coaches today in Coach Jay Harbaugh, Coach Al Netter, and Coach Michael Switzer,” the 6-foot-5.5, 307-pounder reported.
If the Wolverines were to extend an offer, there's little doubt it would have major effect.
“It would mean a lot,” said McKenzie. “They are my favorite school right now along with USC and they would be one of, if not my top school."
The Wolverines would also be on the receiving end of one of his remaining visits in January.
But first things first. He has to find out if Michigan wants him to be part of its offensive line puzzle.
Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider as we continue to follow McKenzie’s recruitment in the coming weeks.