Michigan shifts focus to recruiting as team awaits bowl announcement

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Recruiting calendar tightening

Between the end of the regular season and the bowl game, the recruiting calendar is filled with prospects visiting campuses and coaches returning the favor. Michigan’s next big weekend for visitors will be Dec. 8-10.

From the 2018 class, defensive end Ronnie Perkins and wide receiver Kyle Philips are scheduled for visits that weekend. Perkins, a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite from St. Louis, has committed to Oklahoma. Philips is a 3-star prospect from San Marcos, Calif., who has committed to UCLA but received an offer from Michigan this month.

From there the calendar tightens with is a dead period running Dec. 18 through Jan. 11 where coaches cannot contact recruits. That will not be in effect for those players who sign their National Letter of Intent in the early signing period of Dec. 20-22.

National Signing Day is Feb. 7, 2018.

Tim Drevno visiting top tackle targets

One of those coaching visits, according to Steve Lorenz of 247Sports, will be by offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno to see 4-star offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson in Mission Viejo, Calif. Patterson has committed to Arizona State but Michigan has offered him a scholarship and amped up its recruitment.

The Wolverines have two offensive linemen committed for the 2018 class with in-state players Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes. Mayfield played tackle and defensive end as he helped Grand Rapids Catholic Central win its second straight Michigan Division 4 state title last weekend. Hayes also played on the defensive line for Traverse City West but was used as a tight end on offense. He is expected to convert to offensive tackle once he arrives in Ann Arbor.

Michigan is also targeting 4-star Nicholas Petit-Frere from Tampa. Petit-Frere made his official visit to campus last weekend. Drevno was expected to visit Petit-Frere in Tampa today, according to Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider.

Early enrollees down this cycle

Michigan had 11 players enroll early among the 30 who signed for the 2017 class. That number will be down significantly for the 2018 class.

Among the 16 players committed to Michigan for 2018 at this time, only three are planning on starting classes in January and participating in offseason workouts and spring practices. Quarterback Joe Milton, cornerback Myles Sims and defensive lineman Taylor Upshaw have announced their intentions to be on campus in January.

Arriving early last January helped wide receivers Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones as they became acclimated to school and the playbook. They earned early playing time, and in Black’s case a starting position before a fractured foot bone ended his season in the third game. Enrolling early is not an automatic avenue to seeing the field sooner, however. Offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall was another early enrollee in 2017 but he didn’t play a single down. There was a report that surfaced Wednesday that Hall wants to transfer but the freshman denied that report, saying he and the coaching staff are discussing his future.

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