With one of the weaker home schedules in recent memory, Michigan’s in-season football recruiting efforts are focused mostly on Saturday’s game against Penn State (3:30 p.m., ABC) and the following weekend against Wisconsin.
The tussle with the Badgers is going to bring in more of the big prospects, but this weekend’s game against Penn State also has some of the staff’s top targets slated to visit:
Five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones: Michigan’s top target in the 2017 class, Peoples-Jones will make his first visit to a U-M game this year. Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Ohio State are among the programs also pushing for official visits, and he took his first one to Nebraska a couple of weeks ago. Spending this weekend in Ann Arbor is another sign that the Wolverines appear to be in good shape for the Detroit Cass Tech star.
Four-star wide receiver Nico Collins: Collins will make his fourth visit in five months to Ann Arbor. Within that time frame, he has seen only one other school (Alabama). Michigan has made the Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville native a major priority, and the Wolverines have been named a public leader for his services multiple times. Anytime you can get a top target on campus unofficially in the middle of the season, it’s usually a good sign for your chances. Georgia recently has emerged as the main competition for Collins, with Alabama sticking around, as well.
Four-star wide receiver Oliver Martin: There are conflicting reports as to whether Martin (Iowa City West) will visit Michigan or Notre Dame this weekend. If he visits Michigan, it will be his second visit in three months, as he was one of many who came up for the BBQ at the Big House in August. Martin is a mercurial recruit who has kept things mostly to himself, but all indications are that he will take all five of his official visits before deciding. Michigan State, which offered him a scholarship after watching him camp for 15 minutes, has been Michigan’s main competition, along with Oregon, Iowa and the Irish.
Three-star offensive tackle Toryque Bateman: Bateman is another prospect who will be making his third visit to campus in four months. The Gadsden City, Ala., tackle is a legitimate 6-feet-8 and weighs around 340 pounds. He’s a high-ceiling prospect who has caught the attention of U-M offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and company. Michigan most likely leads for him, with Tennessee and Miami (Fla.) also chasing him.