Quick Analysis: What 2016 OL Michael Onwenu Brings to Michigan

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Taking a look at what the four-star offensive lineman will bring to Ann Arbor.

In case you missed it, Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines football program received a huge commitment in the form of 2016 offensive lineman Michael Onwenu (Detroit, Michigan).

Onwenu, a player from Cass Tech HS, is a force on both sides of the football at 6-foot-3 and 367 pounds. He is a four-star prospect and the seventh-ranked offensive guard in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.

The Wolverines already have a pretty good offensive tackle in their 2016 class with four-star Erik Swenson, but Onwenu gives them a dominant presence in the trenches and fits what Harbaugh wants to do in the run game perfectly. Do not let his size fool you, though, as he is deceptively athletic and can get to the point of attack with ease.

He is still a bit raw, but when it is all said and done, Onwenu could end up being the top guard to come out of this class when his collage career is all said and done.

We very well could see his stock rise with a strong summer camp showing and senior season, but Michigan already has one of the best run blocking prospects in the country where we stand today.

Michigan Football Recruiting: 2016 OL Michael Onwenu Commits to the Wolverines

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Jim Harbaugh nabbed his seventh commitment of 2016 in the form of one of the state's top prospects.

There were quite a few whispers of a possible commitment throughout Tuesday, but now those whispers have turned to cheers.

Michigan football received a pledge from 2016 offensive lineman Michael Onwenu (Detroit, Michigan) on Tuesday evening, according to his Twitter account.

Onwenu is a four-star prospect and the seventh-ranked offensive guard in the class, per the 247 Composite.

The commitment is Michigan's seventh of the 2016 recruiting cycle, joining four-star quarterback Brandon Peters, four-star running back Matt Falcon, three-star running back Kingston Davis, three-star fullback David Reese, four-star offensive tackle Erik Swenson and three-star linebacker Dele Harding.

Onwenu is the third player from the state of Michigan to commit to the Wolverines during this cycle, along with Falcon and Reese. Harbaugh and company will look to reestablish grabbing the top prospects in the state starting with this class moving forward.

Stay tuned to Maize n Brew for continued football recruiting coverage and a quick analysis on the newest member of the Wolverines.

Michigan 1, Florida 0: HAY-L! Wagner’s Shutout Forces Game 3 of the Championship Series

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Haylie Wagner's brilliant six-hit, complete game shutout propels Michigan to a 1-0 win over Florida in Game 2, forcing a do-or-die Game 3 tomorrow night.

Haylie Wagner had proven that she was ready for the spotlight as a starter.

Though an ace in her own right, Wagner had been serving as Michigan's reliever throughout the NCAA Tournament when starter Megan Betsa found herself in trouble. And, in the three games of the Women's College World Series before tonight's Game 2 of the Championship Series, Betsa had found herself in trouble in the first three innings each time, struggling with her confidence. However, Wagner entered the game each time, stopped the bleeding, and suppressed the opponent's offense. In fact, Wagner was so effective that, in her previous three contests, she surrendered no earned runs and only six hits while tossing 11 strikeouts in 13 innings pitched. That's absolutely remarkable.

So much so that, with Michigan's season on the line, trailing Florida, 1-0, in the best-of-three Championship Series after last night's heart-wrenching 3-2 loss in Game 1, head coach Carol Hutchins decided to make the switch and gave Wagner the start in Game 2.

And did it ever pay off.

Wagner was wonderful. She pitched a complete-game shutout, tossing seven scoreless innings against Florida's high-power offense, recording five strikeouts and allowing only six hits. Only three Gators were able to work their way into scoring position all game, and, each time that happened, Wagner worked her way out of the inning with ease as the Wolverines rode her to a 1-0 victory over Florida to force a do-or-die Game 3 tomorrow.

And Wagner received the only run support she needed in the first inning.

Whereas Florida had the ideal start in the first inning in Game 1, the roles reversed in Game 2. After Wagner mowed down the first three batters in the top half of the frame, Michigan's offense went to work in the bottom half. Sierra Lawrence led off by ripping an 0-2 pitch into left field for a single and then beat out the throw to second during the next at-bat when Sierra Romero hit a slow-roller to shortstop Kathlyn Medina. Two batters later, Kelsey Susalla drove in the game's only run when she floated a soft fly ball into center field that Kirsti Merritt mistimed and allowed to bounce past her. This provided Lawrence sufficient time to sprint home, giving Michigan an early 1-0 lead.

The Gators almost added a run of their own in the top of the second, but shortstop Abby Ramirez, who was at fault for two errors in Game 1, made a brilliant snag to support Wagner. With two outs and Lauren Haeger on second, Taylor Schwarz struck a fast grounder that seemed like it would squirt into the outfield and allow Haeger to score. However, Ramirez dove to the dirt and nabbed it, almost getting the third out at first. Though Schwarz beat the throw, Ramirez's play held Haeger at third, and Wagner got Aubree Munro to swing through a 2-2 pitch on the following at-bat to end the threat.

Two innings later, Wagner was able to maneuver her way out of another jam. Haeger once again reached base with a single that glanced off the outreached glove of Ramirez, and Taylore Fuller advanced Haeger's pinch-runner, Jessica Damico, to second base with a line-drive single into left-center field with only one out on the board. But, after a quick huddle in the circle, Wagner forced Bailey Castro to pop out to a racing Romero behind first base and Schwarz to ground out to Ramirez to end the top of the fourth inning.

Ramirez's bounce-back night at shortstop extended into the fifth inning, too. After Munro dropped a flare into shallow right field for a single, Justine McLean rocketed a line drive at Ramirez. Ramirez was able to handle it and then doubled off Florida's pinch-runner, Chelsea Herndon, who charged too far towards second on contact, at first base.

Michigan then had a chance to add to its lead in the bottom half of the fifth, but a controversial call by the third-base umpire extinguished the opportunity. Lawrence was on second base after a double to left-center field with one out when Romero rolled a grounder to Medina. When Medina threw out Romero at first, Lawrence took off for third base. The Gators threw the ball back across the diamond to Fuller, who was crouched in front of the bag. It seemed that, before Fuller caught the ball to apply the tag, her body blocked the sliding Lawrence from reaching the bag, which the umpire should have ruled obstruction and, thus, called Lawrence safe. Instead, the umpire ruled there was no obstruction, calling Lawrence out and permitting the Gators to complete the inning-ending double play. It seemed like the incorrect call, and Michigan should have had Lawrence on third base with two outs and another shot to drive her home.

But, ultimately, it didn't matter because one run was all Wagner needed. After forcing Fuller to line out to Ramirez with a runner on second base to end the sixth frame, Wagner sucked the life out of the Gators by posting a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out the final two Gator hitters, to seal the win and preserve Michigan's championship hopes.

After tonight's performance, there's no question that Michigan will send Wagner back out to the circle for tomorrow's Game 3 of the Championship Series (Jun. 3rd, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), the winner of which will celebrate the 2015 NCAA championship. In her last four games, she's allowed no earned runs, 12 hits, and struck out 16 batters in 20 innings.

Wagner is absolutely dealing right now.

And, if she does it once more, she'll be hoisting the trophy in the spotlight she deserves.

WCWS Championship Series - Game 2 Scoreboard
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Michigan 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 4 0

Former Michigan AD Dave Brandon calls Toys ‘R’ Us CEO opportunity a "privilege" in a statement

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The retail giant, Toys 'R' Us formally announced Dave Brandon as Chairman and CEO on Tuesday in a statement. Brandon will start his position on June 1.

What was previously reported by the Wall Street Journal early Tuesday has now come to fruition.

Former Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon has a new job outside of the sphere of athletics. Retail giant Toys 'R' Us formally announced Brandon as Chairman and CEO of the company. Brandon will replacing outgoing CEO Antonio Urcelay, who decided to retire from the company.

"I consider it a tremendous privilege to assume this important leadership role at Toys"R"Us, one of the most well-known retail brands in the world," said Brandon in a statement. "And, I feel fortunate to be succeeding such an experienced and accomplished leader as Antonio. I believe our best days are ahead of us and I'm eager to get started. Meeting our employees and vendors is something I very much look forward to, as we begin to work together to drive future growth and create memorable shopping experiences for our customers."

The Toys 'R' Us Board of Directors also released a statement outlining their excitement for Brandon's leadership.

"Dave Brandon has an exceptional track record of driving growth, operational performance and profitability in global businesses, while elevating brands and seizing opportunities in highly competitive markets," said the Toys"R"Us Board of Directors in a joint statement. "He is a charismatic and passionate leader with a deep commitment to developing talent and driving a team culture focused on achieving measurable results. We are excited to bring Dave's leadership, skills and vision to Toys"R"Us at this important juncture, and grateful to Antonio for his service and many contributions to the company during a time of significant change and reinvention."

Brandon, 63, previously served as the CEO of Domino's before named the Athletic Director for the University of Michigan. His tenure as AD saw many patches of turbulence and public relations gaffes before ultimately resigning on October 31, 2014.

As part of Brandon's separation agreement with Michigan, the school was required to pay $3 million over the course of four years in set payments. Included in the agreement was Michigan's ability to not make some of the payments if Brandon were to find another job in the four years left on the payments. Brandon's salary with Toys 'R' Us is unknown at this time but it is unlikely that the University will be responsible for paying all of the remaining payments.

Brandon is set to start at Toys 'R' Us starting July 1.

Broome and Henschke: Jim Harbaugh’s Satellite Camp Tour Starting this Week

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On this edition of the show, we discuss what we expect to see out of Michigan's satellite camps and what would be considered a successful tour.

On today's edition of the show, we discuss Michigan's satellite camp tour that starts later this week and what we can expect in terms of producing results on the recruiting trail. Also, a brief overview of John Beilein's 2015-16 roster now that Moritz Wagner is signed and officially on the team.

Be sure to download the Wolverine Sports Radio app on iTunes, which can be found here. For Android and desktop users, you can access all of the shows at any time at WolverineSportsRadio.com.

Tuesday Morning Brews (6/2/15)

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Lots of administration headlines this week.

Hitting the Links Is Bitter

Mark May v. Ohio State

The history between May and Ohio State is both long and entertaining. With May moving off of ESPN's College Football Final, Eleven Warriors looked back at the good times.

Phil Steele's Preseason All-America Team

A vote of confidence for Auburn's Duke Williams, as well as the young Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

Answering The Why's Of UAB Football Saga

If you're late to the saga and have a few questions, SB Nation has some answers.

SEC Will Crack Down On Transfers With Checkered Pasts

Mark Richt doesn't get enough credit - at least in Big Ten country - for running a classy and competitive program at UGA. Since Richt took over in 2001, the Bulldogs have had back-to-back non-10-win seasons only once.

Florida, Facilities Playing Catch-Up

When Will Muschamp left for Auburn, he made a small dig at Florida's facilities on his way out the (perhaps broken) door. In the immediate aftermath, which included AD Jeremy Foley saying he's "not into bells and whistles," an anonymous donor gave $12.5 million to Florida athletics and infrastructure is slowly being addressed.

(Meanwhile, in Ann Arbor, perfectly good sidewalk corners are getting replaced by perfectly newer sidewalk corners because we have the money to burn.)

The Titanic Two: SEC and B1G Money

The SEC is seeing a lot more money than it ever has, and they will probably be looking at satellite camps in California and especially Texas pretty soon.

More Attrition For Maryland: Marcus Leak | D'Andre Payne

The good news is that Maryland is adding a graduate transfer quarterback in Daxx Garman from Oklahoma State, who will compete with Caleb Rowe for the job. Rowe is recovering from an ACL injury, and missed the spring game.

Garman, meanwhile, put up comparable numbers for Oklahoma State to what C.J. Brown did last year for Maryland, and he has the same high-ceiling, low-floor game. Some of his deep throws look terrific, and some of the easy ones do not find their target. He's not the runner Brown was, but he might throw more interceptions, too (actually, that's likely - he had 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 9 games last year). Whether it's consistency, ball security, or the fact that this is now his third major conference (he has been in the Big 12 and Pac-12), something is just a little bit off with Garman's game.

I had hoped the presence of Rowe would force Maryland's coaches to play with a more efficient, settled offense, and it seems like Maryland will need to be a little more pro-style anyway. But if Edsall and Mike Locksley are enamored with Garman's potential, I'm not convinced it will lead them to the promised land.

Don't Sleep On Braxton Miller In OSU QB Race

Right now, the lasting image of Braxton Miller remains his limping off against a Clemson defense that downright bullied him off the field. As a competitor, he will not want that to be his last memory as a Buckeye player.

Rebuilding The Offensive Line: A How-To Guide

The Big Ten's biggest strengths, for the last few seasons, has been its defensive line and running backs. But the offensive line, as well as the quarterback position, are starting to show up. Michigan will be trying to join Michigan State and OSU in the elite column, and Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Indiana are all great schools at churning out good offensive lines every year. The dregs, though (Illinois, Northwestern), are pretty bad.

Top 25 Reasons To Be Excited For 2015

All of last year's top five teams - Bama, Oregon, Florida State, Ohio State, and Baylor - have a quarterback competition and a proven, explosive offense. If there is a surprise candidate in the Heisman race, it's likely to come from here.

Mike Bobo Discusses Leaving Georgia

"Bobo is cautious, pragmatic, and successful. In theory, he's got a skill set that could be perfect for a head coaching position. CSU is getting aggressive in building infrastructure, and the addition of a steady captain makes sense." That was Bill Connelly in this year's CSU preview. The Rams are in the tough division of the Mountain West - where four of the six teams won 10 games last year - and that might force a slide from last year's peak under Jim McElwain.

SB Nation Penn State Preview

It's as simple as the offensive line. Will two new transfers, and a year of experience, offset the loss of their two best players? It worked for Michigan, but Penn State's situation is a little more precarious.

SB Nation Maryland Preview

A lot of the teams they play this year are ones that I'm expecting improvement out of - Indiana, West Virginia, Penn State, Michigan, and to a much smaller extent Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Rutgers. But as Bill Connelly states, this year is really about next year.

B1G Exploring More Early-Season Conference Games

This would open the door, especially, for OOC games with independents like Notre Dame, BYU, and Army.

Florida 3, Michigan 2: The Frozen Sierra

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Sierra Romero's baserunning mistake costs Michigan the game-tying run as the Wolverines drop Game 1 of the WCWS Championship Series to Florida, 3-2.

Sierra Romero is Michigan's biggest star, but, in the biggest moment, she froze up.

Figuratively and literally.

Michigan had trailed Florida for the entire game, but, in the top of the seventh with the Gators clinging onto a 3-2 lead in  Game 1 of the WCWS Championship Series, Michigan was on the verge of stealing it. With no outs, the Wolverines had runners on the corners with Romero standing on third base -- representing the tying run just 60 feet away from home plate. Kelsey Susalla hit a hard groundball to Florida shortstop Kathlyn Medina, who had to lunge to her left to field it. Medina turned her back towards Romero at third base to try to turn a double play, and Romero should have been crossing home plate.

But Romero -- worried that Medina might try to go home -- froze in the base path.

Just froze.

And Michigan's should-have-been third run was still standing at third base.

The game wasn't over yet, though. Medina didn't turn the double play, so Michigan still had two more chances to drive in Romero and mitigate her mistake. However, Lauren Sweet swung through Florida closer Delanie Gourley's 2-2 pitch for a strikeout, and, on the next pitch, Lindsay Montemarano grounded out to Medina to seal Florida's 3-2 win.

The loss was Michigan's first since a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Minnesota back on April 3, 2015. In that two-month span, the Wolverines had terrorized the competition, winning 28 straight contests and outscoring their opponents, 246-43. But Michigan knew that Florida -- the top seed in the tournament -- wasn't going to be overpowered like that.

And the Gators made that clear from the get-go.

Florida opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Kelsey Stewart led off with a hard-hit groundball to shortstop Abby Ramirez, who struggled to get the ball out of her mitt. As a result, she rushed the throw and threw a bouncer towards first base that skipped over Tera Blanco's shoulder, permitting Stewart to advance to second base on the error. Then, two batters later, Lauren Haeger showcased why she was named the 2015 USA Softball National Player of the Year. After fouling off pitch after pitch from Megan Betsa, Haeger scooped the 12th pitch of the at-bat over the left-field wall for her 19th home run of the season to give the Gators an early 2-0 lead. Though Betsa needed 36 pitches to get out of the first inning, she settled down and struck out two of the next three batters.

But Haeger was a thorn in Betsa's side yet again two innings later. Haeger followed a Nicole DeWitt single by driving a pitch all the way to the wall in right-center field for a double, which provided DeWitt enough time to speed around the bases to extend Florida's lead to three runs. The Gators were chomping at the bit for more runs in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs thanks to a hit-by-pitch and a walk, but Haylie Wagner -- like she has throughout this postseason -- entered the circle to relieve Betsa and caused Taylore Fuller to pop one straight up to the catcher for the third out.

Michigan's bats weren't quiet in the first three innings as they tried to answer Haeger's three RBIs, but the Wolverines weren't able to mount a serious threat. They had a single up the middle in each of the first three frames and added a second baserunner on a Blanco walk in the second, but Florida starting pitcher Aleshia Ocasio ended it there.

As Michigan's normally explosive offense then sputtered, it was Wagner that kept the Wolverines within range. She didn't allow a single hit in 3.1 innings pitched, and only two Gators reached base against her -- one on an error by Ramirez and the other on a hit-by-pitch. And, because of Wagner's dominance, Michigan finally made its move in the sixth.

With one out and runners on the corners, Wagner almost knotted the score at 3-3 when she drove an Ocasio pitch deep down the left-field line. However, the ball sailed just a few feet to the outside of the left-field pole. Wagner then popped up to the second baseman for the second out, but Ramirez didn't let this opportunity go to waste. With the bases loaded, Ramirez slapped a roller to the left of the Florida shortstop into the outfield. It brought in two runs and cut Florida's lead to 3-2. Sierra Lawrence then tried to extend Michigan's rally and drive in the two runners Michigan had on second and third base, but her deep fly ball to left field was caught just short of the warning track.

Michigan had one last shot to even it up in the seventh, but Romero didn't run home.

The Championship Series isn't over, though. Romero will have a chance to redeem herself tomorrow (Jun. 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN), when the Wolverines will meet the Gators again for Game 2. This is a best-of-three series, so Michigan must win tomorrow to keep its championship hopes alive. Will Michigan force Game 3? We'll find out.

But, in 2005, when Michigan won it all, they lost Game 1 before winning Game 2 and 3.

So it can be done.

WCWS Championship Series - Game 1 Scoreboard
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 2
Florida 2 0 1 0 0 0 - 3 4 0

Michigan to play Utah in primetime on Fox Sports 1

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Michigan's season opener will be played under the lights in Utah on Fox Sports 1.

It's only fitting that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's return to college football will be played in primetime under the lights.

The university announced on Monday in a statement that the Wolverines first trip to Utah in program history will be played in primetime on Fox Sports 1. The season opener on Sept. 3 will kick-off at 8:30 p.m.

The game against Utah will mark the third night game of the season for Michigan with games against Maryland (Oct. 3 8:30 p.m.) and Minnesota (Oct. 31 8:30 p.m.) away from Michigan Stadium. There will not be a home night game scheduled for the Wolverines this season.

The upcoming contest against the Utes will be the third meeting between the two teams. With Utah winning last season's matchup 26-10 in a weather-delayed contest.

Game times and networks for the remaining scheduled games, including Big Ten conference games, will be announced at a later date.

Big Ten Football Preview 2015: Three Key Players for Purdue Football

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The Boilermakers will need improved quarterback play and contributions from their defensive line to give themselves a chance to climb out of the cellar in 2015.

We kick off our Big Ten Conference preview coverage today, which means football is just around the corner. Every Monday, we start the week by taking a look at three key players for each team in the conference based on their finish last season. Seeing as Purdue was last in the Big Ten in 2014, our preview will start with them.

Austin Appleby, Junior Quarterback

The starting quarterback spot for the Boilermakers is still somewhat up for grabs heading into 2015, but many expect junior Austin Appleby to begin the season under center leading the charge. After inconsistent play from Danny Etling, Purdue went to Appleby, who led the team to a win over Illinois and Darrell Hazell's first win in conference play at the school.

However, Appleby went on to struggle mightily down the stretch, as the Boilermakers scored only 60 points in their final four games. He finished the year 144-of-272 for 1,449 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

The Purdue offense should be improved due to experience this coming year, but its success will certainly depend on what they are able to get out of the quarterback position. Offensive Coordinator John Schoop would surely like to see the Appleby that led the team to 107 points in his first three starts as opposed to what he saw down the stretch.

Frankie Williams, Senior Defensive Back

Frankie Williams was the sole Boilermaker to make the All-Big Ten team in 2014 as a second teamer. He was third on the team with 74 tackles and hauled in three interceptions last season and will anchor an inexperienced secondary.

Purdue's pass defense was ranked 10th in the Big Ten last season, but 55th nationally, which is not too bad considering the season they had. Williams will be a big part of maintaining and perhaps even improving those statistics this season.

Defensive Line

Okay, I am aware this is a three key players article, but the defensive line for Purdue as a whole is really going to have to step up its game in 2015.

Defensive ends Ryan Russell and Jalani Jenkins are both gone from a unit that was the 91st-ranked run defense in the country last season. The efficiency of this group in 2015 will largely depend on the development of sophomore Gelen Robinson and junior Evan Panfil.

Purdue has a pair of really solid defensive tackles that made some strides this spring. Junior Jake Repolgle had 40 tackles (10.5 for loss) and senior Ryan Watson had 17 tackles (5.5 for loss) in 2014.

That'll do for the Boilermakers. Be sure to check back in next week as we take a look at three key players for the Indiana Hoosiers.

Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Weekend Visits Reaction and a Possible Commit Watch

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In this edition, we recap a busy weekend for visiting prospects in Ann Arbor, top targets continue to narrow their lists of schools and a possible commit watch could be on the horizon.

Michigan hosts several visitors over the weekend

As we head into the summer and satellite camp season, Michigan hosted a fair amount of prospects this past weekend, including targets like four-star 2016 defensive end Khalid Kareem (Farmington, Michigan) and three-star wide receiver Donald Stewart (West Orange, New Jersey).

Three-star prospect JD Spielman (Eden Prairie, Minnesota), a 2016 athlete, and 2018 wide receiver Will Mallory (Jacksonville, Florida) were also in Ann Arbor. Spielman is the son of Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, while Mallory's father Mike played wide receiver at Michigan.

Another big visit that took place was 2017 four-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey (Littleton, Colorado). McCaffrey is the third-ranked pro-style signal-caller in the class and I really like his chances of ending up in Ann Arbor and being a part of the 2017 class.

The most notable takeaway from the weekend is that it appears Michigan may be on the rise for the services of Kareem. He spent some time with Jim Harbaugh one-on-one this weekend. He has turned heads all across the country, but this very well could end up being a battle between the Spartans and Wolverines that plays out on the recruiting trail.

Future visitors?

A few prospects said over the weekend that they will visit Michigan this summer.

Four-star 2016 defensive tackle Fred Hansard (Princeton, New Jersey) revealed via his Twitter account that he plans on making it to Ann Arbor some time in the next few months.

Rising 2017 wide receiver Jaylen Harris (Cleveland, Ohio) will indeed visit Michigan and told Scout's Josh Newkirk that he will be in town sometime in June.

Top targets trim schools, Michigan out for Farrell

As we have discussed quite a bit recently in these roundups, we are in a period of the 2016 recruiting cycle where players are starting to trim their respective lists of schools and set up visits throughout the summer and into the football season.

Michigan has been on the positive end for many of these cuts so far, but it is impossible to win them all. Four-star 2016 tight end Luke Farrell (Perry, Ohio) has removed the Wolverines from consideration, according to Newkirk,

Look for the nation's fifth-ranked tight end to end up with the Ohio State Buckeyes before it is all said and done.

A trio of linebackers trimmed their lists over the weekend and did include the Wolverines, so there was still good news in that regard in recent days.

Four-stars Jeffrey McCullough (Houston, Texas), Dontavious Jackson (Houston, Texas) and Camilo Eifler (Oakland, California) all still have Michigan in the mix.

Wolverines offer Evans, commitment to follow soon?

Class of 2016 running back Chris Evans (Indianapolis, Indiana) was also visiting Michigan over the weekend, where he pulled in a scholarship offer from the program.

When it was revealed that Evans was visiting late last week, many began to speculate that a commitment to Michigan would follow shortly after, and still may.

People at first thought that Michigan was done at running back after pulling in commitments from Matt Falcon (Southfield, Michigan) and Kingston Davis (Prattville, Alabama), but the team has a desperate need for playmakers and Evans could give them a very nice change-of-pace back and home run threat.

Stay tuned to this one.

Evans is a four-star prospect and the seventh-ranked all-purpose back in the 2016 class.

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