Michigan Football Coaches Prep For Wild Recruiting Contact Period

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Here's a look at Michigan's 2017 football recruiting
Here's a look at Michigan's 2017 football recruiting class, starting with Donovan Jeter, a four-star defensive tackle from Beaver Falls, Pa.  Courtesy of Beaver Falls High>FullscreenDonovan Jeter is listed at 6-feet-5 and 255 pounds.
Donovan Jeter is listed at 6-feet-5 and 255 pounds. He's ranked the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 6 prospect in Pennsylvania. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others.  Courtesy of Beaver Falls High>FullscreenChuck Filiaga is a four-star offensive tackle from
Chuck Filiaga is a four-star offensive tackle from Aledo, Texas. He's listed at 6-feet-6 and 335 pounds and ranked the No. 16 tackle in the country and No. 14 prospect in Texas. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and USC, among others.  Courtesy of 247Sports>FullscreenTarik Black is a four-star receiver from Cheshire,
Tarik Black is a four-star receiver from Cheshire, Conn.  Courtesy of Cheshire Academy>FullscreenTarik Black is listed at 6-feet-3 and 201 pounds.
Tarik Black is listed at 6-feet-3 and 201 pounds.  Courtesy of Cheshire Academy>FullscreenTarik Black is ranked by rivals.com as the No. 10 receiver
Tarik Black is ranked by rivals.com as the No. 10 receiver and No. 76 overall prospect in the country. He's the No. 1 recruit in Connecticut.  Courtesy of Cheshire Academy>FullscreenTarik Black also reportedly had scholarship offers
Tarik Black also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Stanford, among others.  Courtesy of Cheshire Academy>FullscreenDetroit Cass Tech receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is
Detroit Cass Tech receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is the No. 1 recruit in the state of Michigan.  Salwan Georges, DFP>FullscreenDonovan Peoples-Jones is 6 feet 2 and 193 pounds. He
Donovan Peoples-Jones is 6 feet 2 and 193 pounds. He is the No. 11 player in the class and the No. 1 receiver, according to 247Sports.com. Rivals has him No. 13 overall and the No. 2 wideout.  Salwan Georges, DFP>FullscreenDonovan Peoples-Jones tallied six catches for 118 yards
Donovan Peoples-Jones tallied six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns in Cass Tech's Division 1 championship victory in late November at Ford Field.  Salwan Georges, DFP>FullscreenDonovan Peoples-Jones has a 247Sports.com rating of
Donovan Peoples-Jones has a 247Sports.com rating of 0.9924, the highest for a recruit from the state since LB Brandon Graham in 2006. He's the highest-ranked state-of-Michigan recruit on the service since LB LaMarr Woodley in 2003  Ryan Garza, DFP>FullscreenDetroit King's Ambry Thomas is seen here after winning
Detroit King's Ambry Thomas is seen here after winning the Division 2 state championship over Walled Lake Western at Ford Field on Nov. 25, 2016.  Salwan Georges, DFP>FullscreenAt 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, Ambry Thomas is the No.
At 5 feet 10 and 170 pounds, Ambry Thomas is the No. 2 player in the state of Michigan and No. 102 overall player in the 2017 class according to 247sports, playing cornerback and receiver for King.  Kirthmon F. Dozier, DFP>FullscreenA four-star recruit, Ambry Thomas is the cousin of
A four-star recruit, Ambry Thomas is the cousin of fellow Michigan commit Jaylen Kelly-Powell, a corner from Detroit Cass Tech.  Tom Hauck>FullscreenBenjamin St-Juste originally committed for U-M's 2016
Benjamin St-Juste originally committed for U-M's 2016 class but reclassified to 2017 because of academic needs going from Canada to U-M.  Courtesy of Cegep du Vieux>FullscreenBenjamin St-Juste is a four-star cornerback from Montreal
Benjamin St-Juste is a four-star cornerback from Montreal Cegep du Vieux.  Mark Snyder, DFP>FullscreenBenjamin St-Juste is listed at 6 feet 3 and 188 pounds.
Benjamin St-Juste is listed at 6 feet 3 and 188 pounds. He's ranked by 247sports as the No. 34 player at his position and the No. 308 recruit overall.  Courtesy of Cegep du Vieux>FullscreenJaylen Kelly-Powell is a three-star safety from Detroit
Jaylen Kelly-Powell is a three-star safety from Detroit Cass Tech.  Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press>FullscreenJaylen Kelly-Powell, right, is listed at 6 feet and
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, right, is listed at 6 feet and 180 pounds.  Salwan Georges, Detroit Free Press>FullscreenJaylen Kelly-Powell, right, also reportedly had scholarship
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, right, also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford, among others.  Special to the DFP>FullscreenJaylen Kelly-Powell, left, is rated by rivals.com as
Jaylen Kelly-Powell, left, is rated by rivals.com as the No. 31 safety prospect in the nation and the No. 8 recruit in Michigan.  Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP>FullscreenKwity Paye is a three-star defensive end from Warwick
Kwity Paye is a three-star defensive end from Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendricken.  Courtesy of Bishop Hendricken High>FullscreenKwity Paye is listed at 6-feet-3 and 225 pounds. He's
Kwity Paye is listed at 6-feet-3 and 225 pounds. He's ranked the No. 40 weakside defensive end in the nation by rivals.com.  Courtesy of Bishop Hendricken High>FullscreenKwity Paye also reportedly had scholarship offers from
Kwity Paye also reportedly had scholarship offers from Boston College, Rutgers and Syracuse, among others.  Courtesy of Bishop Hendricken High>FullscreenJoel Honigford is a three-star offensive tackle from
Joel Honigford is a three-star offensive tackle from Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway.  Courtesy of Sugarcreek Garaway>FullscreenJoel Honigford is listed at 6-feet-5 and 277 pounds.
Joel Honigford is listed at 6-feet-5 and 277 pounds. He's ranked by rivals.com as the No. 17 prospect in Ohio and No. 47 tackle nationally.  Courtesy of Sugarcreek Garaway>FullscreenJoel Honigford also reportedly had scholarship offers
Joel Honigford also reportedly had scholarship offers from Auburn, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, TCU and Tennessee, among others.  Courtesy of Sugarcreek Garaway>FullscreenJoel Honigford is an offensive lineman who also kicks
Joel Honigford is an offensive lineman who also kicks for his high school team.  Courtesy of Sugarcreek Garaway>FullscreenJames Hudson is a four-star defensive end from Toledo
James Hudson is a four-star defensive end from Toledo Central Catholic. The 6-foot-5, 271-pounder originally committed to Kentucky and also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.  Associated Press>FullscreenKai-Leon Herbert is a four-star offensive tackle from
Kai-Leon Herbert is a four-star offensive tackle from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage.  Courtesy of American Heritage School>FullscreenKai-Leon Herbert is listed at 6-feet-4 and 279 pounds.
Kai-Leon Herbert is listed at 6-feet-4 and 279 pounds.  Courtesy of American Heritage School>FullscreenKai-Leon Herbert is ranked by rivals.com as the No.
Kai-Leon Herbert is ranked by rivals.com as the No. 10 offensive tackle and No. 61 overall player in the nation.  Courtesy of American Heritage School>FullscreenKai-Leon Herbert also reportedly had scholarship offers
Kai-Leon Herbert also reportedly had scholarship offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.  Mark Snyder, DFP>FullscreenAndrew Stueber is a three-star offensive tackle from
Andrew Stueber is a three-star offensive tackle from Darien, Conn.  Courtesy of Darien High>FullscreenAndrew Stueber is listed at 6-feet-6 and 305 pounds.
Andrew Stueber is listed at 6-feet-6 and 305 pounds. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia, among others.  Courtesy of Sean Fitz, 247Sports>FullscreenLuiji Vilain is a four-star defensive end from Alexandria
Luiji Vilain is a four-star defensive end from Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal.  Courtesy of Episcopal High>FullscreenLuiji Vilain is listed at 6-feet-4 and 240 pounds.
Luiji Vilain is listed at 6-feet-4 and 240 pounds. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Texas A&M, USC and others.  Courtesy of Episcopal High>FullscreenCorey Malone-Hatcher is a four-star defensive end from
Corey Malone-Hatcher is a four-star defensive end from St. Joseph. He's listed at 6-feet-3 and 246 pounds.  Courtesy of St. Joseph High>FullscreenCorey Malone-Hatcher is ranked the No. 7 recruit in
Corey Malone-Hatcher is ranked the No. 7 recruit in Michigan and the No. 13 strongside defensive end nationally by rivals.com. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Alabama, Michigan state, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma, among others.  Courtesy of St. Joseph High>FullscreenPhillip Paea is a three-star offensive lineman from
Phillip Paea is a three-star offensive lineman from Berrien Springs. He also had scholarship offers from Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC, among others.  Courtesy of Berrien Springs High>FullscreenJ'Marick Woods is a three-star safety from Florence,
J'Marick Woods is a three-star safety from Florence, Ala.  Courtesy of Florence High>FullscreenJ'Marick Woods is listed at 6-feet-3 and 198 pounds.
J'Marick Woods is listed at 6-feet-3 and 198 pounds.  Courtesy of Florence High>FullscreenJ'Marick Woods also reportedly had scholarship offers
J'Marick Woods also reportedly had scholarship offers from Florida, Mississippi State, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.  Courtesy of J'Marick Woods>FullscreenDylan McCaffrey is a four-star dual-threat quarterback
Dylan McCaffrey is a four-star dual-threat quarterback from Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian.  Courtesy of Valor Christian>FullscreenDylan McCaffrey is the younger brother of Stanford
Dylan McCaffrey is the younger brother of Stanford star running back Christian McCaffrey and son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.  Courtesy of Valor Christian>FullscreenDylan McCaffrey.
Dylan McCaffrey.  Tim Sullivan thewolverine.com>FullscreenO'Maury Samuels is a four-star running back from Los
O'Maury Samuels is a four-star running back from Los Lunas, N.M.  Courtesy of Los Lunas High>FullscreenO'Maury Samuels is listed at 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds.
O'Maury Samuels is listed at 5-feet-10 and 190 pounds.  Courtesy of Los Lunas High>FullscreenO'Maury Samuels also reportedly had scholarship offers
O'Maury Samuels also reportedly had scholarship offers from Arizona, Cal and TCU, among others.  Courtesy of Los Lunas High>FullscreenO'Maury Samuels committed to U-M shortly after the
O'Maury Samuels committed to U-M shortly after the 2016 spring game.  Courtesy of Los Lunas High>FullscreenJa'Raymond Hall is a three-star offensive tackle from
Ja'Raymond Hall is a three-star offensive tackle from Oak Park. He's listed at 6-feet-5 and 255 pounds.  Tim Sullivan thewolverine.com>FullscreenJa'Raymond Hall is ranked the No. 13 prospect in Michigan
Ja'Raymond Hall is ranked the No. 13 prospect in Michigan and the No. 52 tackle in the nation. He also reportedly had scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.  Courtesy of rivals.com>FullscreenBen Mason is a three-star inside linebacker from Sandy
Ben Mason is a three-star inside linebacker from Sandy Hook (Conn.) Newtown.  Tim Sullivan thewolverine.com>FullscreenBen Mason is listed at 6-feet-3 and 230 pounds.
Ben Mason is listed at 6-feet-3 and 230 pounds.  Courtesy of Newtown High>FullscreenBen Mason is ranked the No. 4 prospect in Connecticut
Ben Mason is ranked the No. 4 prospect in Connecticut by rivals.com.  Courtesy of Newtown High>FullscreenBen Mason also reportedly had scholarship offers from
Ben Mason also reportedly had scholarship offers from Boston College, Cal, Rutgers, Wisconsin and others.  Courtesy of Newtown High>FullscreenJosh Ross is a four-star outside linebacker from Orchard
Josh Ross is a four-star outside linebacker from Orchard Lake St. Mary's.  Kirthmon F. Dozier DFP>FullscreenJosh Ross is listed at 6 feet and 219 pounds. He's
Josh Ross is listed at 6 feet and 219 pounds. He's ranked the No. 4 prospect in Michigan and No. 189 nationally by rivals.com.  Salwan Georges, Special to the DFP>FullscreenJosh Ross' older brother James played linebacker at
Josh Ross' older brother James played linebacker at U-M  Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP>FullscreenJosh Ross also reportedly had scholarship offers from
Josh Ross also reportedly had scholarship offers from Baylor, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others.  Kirthmon F. Dozier, DFP>FullscreenKurt Taylor is a three-star running back from Covington
Kurt Taylor is a three-star running back from Covington (Ga.) Newton.  Tim Sullivan thewolverine.com>FullscreenKurt Taylor is listed at 5-feet-9 and 201 pounds. He's
Kurt Taylor is listed at 5-feet-9 and 201 pounds. He's ranked the No. 47 prospect in Georgia by rivals.com.  Courtesy of Kurt Taylor>FullscreenKurt Taylor, right, with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Kurt Taylor, right, with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.  Tim Sullivan thewolverine.com>Fullscreen

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    Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh arrives before the Orange Bowl against Florida State on Dec. 30, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.(Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, DFP)

    The Wild West, a.k.a. the final NCAA football recruiting contact period of the cycle, opens for business Thursday. And the Michigan football coaching staff is set to hit the road for the 2 1/2-week sprint to National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

    Much of U-M's 2017 class already is committed or enrolled. Eleven already are in school at U-M.

    But one priority is visiting the other committed players and firming up those pledges. That usually involves visiting their schools and meeting with their families. Often, but not always, head coach Jim Harbaugh is a part of that.

    Will all 16 of the unsigned commitments stay with U-M? Four-star offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert, for example, is planning visits to other schools.

    The second focus is filling the final spots. At this point, U-M has 27 commitments in a class that could top 30 as some enrolled players are backdated to the 2016 class to adhere to NCAA class-size rules. U-M still has nearly 10 known targets, many highly ranked.

    The two highest are defensive tackles: five-star Aubrey Solomon of Lee County, Ga., and four-star Jay Tufele of South Jordan, Utah. Michigan is not considered the favorite for either but has been able to sway top prospects late in the process, shown last year grabbing tight end Devin Asiasi. Solomon has showed renewed interest lately.

    Also high on U-M's board is four-star receiver Nico Collins of Pinson, Ala. Steve Lorenz of 247Sports reported that Harbaugh will visit Collins on Thursday, an indication of U-M's interest even though the Wolverines already have landed elite receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black.

    Collins named Michigan his leader last summer, and many thought that he would have committed by now. But with official visits scheduled to Florida State, Alabama and Georgia, other schools remain in the mix.

    Another four-star target who might be realistic for U-M is Starkville, Miss., linebacker Willie Gay -- especially following Jabrill Peppers' NFL departure. Gay is scheduled to visit LSU in two weeks and also is considering his home-state schools.

    The other known targets are three-star offensive lineman Mekhi Becton of Virginia, who officially visited in the fall, and Alabama three-star Toryque Bateman.

    Three-star Connecticut cornerback Brandon Sebastian, a Boston College commit, said this week that he will visit U-M this weekend.

    The unknown is what will happen if Michigan needs to clear spots for new recruits. Will it be like last January, when a few players got the hint to look elsewhere or weren’t even sent a letter of intent?

    On top of all of that, the assistants will travel this month to touch base and lay groundwork with 2018 prospects.

    Tracking the indefatigable Harbaugh’s travels -- which usually play out on social media -- will be a road map to U-M’s priorities.

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