Trieu: Michigan recruiting set to heat up again

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Jeremy Ruckert

Michigan begins spring practice this Friday, and that should mark the end of a relatively slow time in football recruiting. The practices will allow recruits to get back on campus and see the team in action. That will lead into the spring evaluation period, which begins on April 15 and goes through May 31.

Lindenhurst (N.Y.) tight end Jeremy Ruckert, a four-star prospect who holds an offer from the Wolverines, is scheduled to be there for the first practice.

Jowon Briggs, a sophomore defensive tackle from Cincinnati Walnut Hills with a Michigan offer, will also be visiting, along with Grand Rapids Catholic Central offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield, a Minnesota commit who has not been offered by Michigan yet.

On Sunday, John Waggoner, a highly regarded defensive end from Iowa who has a Michigan offer, will be on campus.

Ruckert visited Wisconsin and Notre Dame recently and it is possible that this trip to Michigan will be one of the final pieces of the puzzle for him before he makes a decision.

"He will know more once he gets back from Michigan," Lindenhurst head coach Nick Lombardo said to Scout’s Brian Dohn. "I think that will give him more of a clear-cut answer. I know he wants to visit there. He was already there, but I know he wanted to give Michigan one more look. When he comes back, it might be more clear on whether or not he is going to wait and get it out of his head for a while."

For Waggoner, this will be his first opportunity to visit Michigan since the Wolverines offered last month. He is a 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect who has additional offers from Iowa, Florida, Minnesota and more.

“Michigan is very appealing to me and I would definitely love to go meet everyone up there,” he said. “I like just the tradition and the success they're having right now.”

Michigan currently has three commitments in the 2018 class, the most recent being defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who committed a month ago.

However, with practice beginning, recruiting is set to heat up again and with that, there should be more offers extended and possibly new additions to the class.

Top East Coast receiver to visit

Highstown (N.J.) The Peddie School wide receiver Jahan Dotson tells Scout’s Brian Dohn that he will be visiting Michigan in April. Dotson is ranked by Scout as the No. 1 receiver in the East and the No. 7 receiver in the country.

Dotson (6-0, 170 pounds) also plans to visit Ohio State, Penn State, Vanderbilt and possibly others during that month.

He mentioned that Michigan’s success in New Jersey is part of what has him interested in the Wolverines.

Lone Star defensive back takes a visit

Manvel (Texas) defensive back Trent Gordon, who has 26 scholarship offers, including Michigan, visited Ann Arbor during his spring break last week.

Gordon told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich that the visit was “great” and that he got to speak with defensive backs coach Brian Smith about Michigan’s defense and how he fits in.

Recruited by some schools as a cornerback, Michigan sees Gordon as a strong safety in their defense.

LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Texas Christian, Texas A&M and Tennessee are among the other top schools that have offered. He next visits Texas, which has not offered yet, but is showing interest.

More information

Jeremy Ruckert profile

John Waggoner profile

Trent Gordon profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. 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