Trieu: Michigan football hosts second official visit weekend; here's who's coming
Michigan will have its second official visit weekend of the summer beginning Friday.
The Wolverines welcome eight to campus, with seven of those uncommitted recruits. The visitors come from six different states.
► Myles Pollard, cornerback, Brentwood (Tennessee) Ravenwood: Michigan has been one of the leaders for Pollard for a long time. He has official visits with Auburn and Oklahoma still to come in June. It was actually Kentucky who was issuing the strongest challenge to Michigan for a moment, but with defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale going from the Wildcats to joining the staff in Ann Arbor, that only has strengthened Michigan’s chances with the physical 6-foot-2, 185-pound cover man.
► Nate Johnson, quarterback, Clovis (California): Johnson is the odds-on favorite to be Michigan’s quarterback in the 2022 class right now. A track star with great foot speed, he also has exceptional arm talent. He visited Utah last weekend and it could come down to the Utes and Wolverines.
► Kody Jones, safety/athlete, Germantown (Tennessee): Jones committed to Michigan in February. It was around the same time Taylor Groves, also from Tennessee, committed. Groves has since de-committed and is no longer in the class. Jones remains committed, but took an official visit with Illinois the week before, and the new staff at Tennessee has been making a run at him, so this visit could help determine which way he goes in recruiting from here.
► Beau Atkinson, defensive end, Raleigh (North Carolina) Leesville Road: A big-framed 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect, Atkinson has drawn some comparisons to Aidan Hutchinson. He visited North Carolina and was offered last weekend, then will get to Virginia and Cal to close out June. What would make this recruitment even more contentious is if Clemson, which has continued to evaluate Atkinson, came in with an offer.
► Jack Velling, tight end, Seattle Prep School: May brought offers from Michigan, Arizona State and Minnesota for Velling, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound all-around tight end who is an excellent blocker and has sure hands. Oregon State hosted him for an official visit the first weekend of June, and he does not currently have any other official visits scheduled, but there are still a lot of schools that have not offered yet showing interest in him.
► Jahlil Florence, cornerback, San Diego (California) Lincoln: Florence’s stock has risen in the spring and summer, partially thanks to good track results at 6-foot-1 that have helped him rise to four-star status. Syracuse will have him on an official visit at the end of the month, and programs out west like Arizona, Oregon and Washington are in pursuit. Michigan’s addition of west coast native Courtney Morgan as director of player personnel has helped the Wolverines in this recruitment.
► Jeremy Patton, linebacker, Tenaha (Texas): A 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete at backer who has also played running back and wide receiver, Patton has 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State. The Longhorns and Cowboys already had him up for an official, and Baylor will get its shot after Michigan. This is a tough battle for Michigan with all those programs closer to home in hot pursuit, but the Wolverines have put themselves in position to at least issue a challenge.
► Tyler Banks, linebacker, Crewe (Virginia) Nottoway: Banks is listed as an athlete on recruiting sites, but is a linebacker recruit for the Wolverines. The previous defensive staff offered him, and he is now coming in to meet the new staff. The linebacker board is more crowded now, but this visit will help provide a clearer picture of where Banks and the Wolverines are at. He also is considering Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, which he visits later in the month, and South Carolina.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.