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Several Michigan targets are in news. Updates from around the Scout.com network give the latest on Calif. safety Jonas Mouton and linebacker Josh Tatum, along with Virginia wide receiver Percy Harvin and running back Brandon Minor, talk about visits and favorites.

The safety position is of the highest priority for Michigan in this recruiting class, and the top remaining player at the position for the Wolverines is Jonas Mouton of Venice, Calif. The five-star defensive player has taken official visits to Nebraska on Sept. 2, Michigan on Sept 9, and LSU on Oct. 14. Mouton has been in regular contact with several Michigan players, including freshman Chris Richards, whom he befriended earlier this year. However, the budding friendship doesn't appear to make the California star a lock to be in the Winged Helmet. His father lives in Louisiana and accompanied Mouton, who was born in the state, on his official visit to LSU. "I had a lot of fun down there," Mouton told Tiger Rag. "It was great being back around the people down there. It looked a lot different from what I remember but it was nice."

Mouton's family seems to be letting their West Coast star make his own decision, however. "My dad talks about how cool it would be to go come back home but he doesn't want to persuade me or anything," Mouton said. "He talks about the opportunities at LSU but he wants it to be my decision."

Mouton added that he is not certain about taking his remaining two visits. He lists a top four of Michigan, USC, LSU, and Nebraska.
After sustaining a season-ending injury against Dorsey, Joshua Tatum of McClymonds High School in Oakland underwent surgery on Oct. 2 to repair a torn ACL. He won't play football at the high school level again, but his participation in college is all but assured. "My knee is feeling really good," Tatum told Scout.com. "I've been off crutches for two weeks. I'm walking with a brace on. I'm walking without a limp with the brace. I'm shooting for a return of early February. Then I'll just work with trainers and get ready, train hard for college."

Having already officially visited Tennessee, Tatum said he would head to Miami on Nov. 18 and USC on Dec. 2. He said those three are on top.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Tatum was planning an official visit to Michigan last month, but those plans were put on hold as a result of the surgery, and he has yet to reschedule this visit. The last team in his top five, Cal, will see him in Dec. as well.
Landstown star Percy Harvin has visited Florida and USC, and will be taking an official visit to Michigan for the Nov. 19 game against Ohio State. "I have a sister at Eastern Michigan so I'll be able to see her," Harvin told Scout.com. "Michigan's got a lot of tradition and they're coming at me hard." Harvin's sister told the Virginian-Pilot that she wants her brother to come to Michigan.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound receiver will visit Miami on Nov. 26. "I grew up looking at Miami. I liked them a lot early but then it kinda got shaky there because they really weren't throwing much in the early part of the season. When they did, it seemed like the tight end was catching everything. They're doing better with it now."

Harvin has a clear idea about what will influence his decision. "Basically, it comes down to how I get along with my position coach, how much they're throwing, and how many guys they're putting into the NFL," he said. "I'll go anywhere as long as those things are there."
6-foot-0, 215-pound running back Brandon Minor of Varina High School in Richmond, Va., visit Tennessee on Oct. 8, and will trek to Michigan on Dec. 10. He will visit Miami on Dec. 17 and head to Virginia Tech on Jan. 15. He did, however, take an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech to take in the ACC showdown between the Hokies and Miami. "I was out there and the atmosphere was crazy," Minor told Scout.com. "They were really loud. I enjoyed that. I was thinking at least one of the breaks could have gone Tech's way but it didn't. Miami just came to play. They had a lot of guys step up and make plays."

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