Michigan’s June 22 weekend of official visits already was setting up to be full of talent from around the country, but new names continue to be added, which only serve to increase the importance of those three days on the recruiting trail.
The latest addition is Frankfort (Ky.) Western Hills’ Wandale Robinson, an electric playmaker who has scored 85 touchdowns during his three varsity seasons. The Wolverines offered the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Robinson in March. He took an unofficial visit to campus in the spring.
“With Michigan, they’re preaching to me they don’t have anyone like me,” Robinson said. “They don’t have that person that can just go score at any moment they touch the ball."
Scoring is something Robinson has done well. All of those touchdowns he scored have not all come from the same spot on the field.
“He is a touchdown waiting to happen,” 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong said. “He can score in a variety of ways from the backfield to slot wide receiver. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He is not only fast, but creative with feet and powerful with the football in his hands.”
Robinson also has an official visit set to Purdue. Kentucky, Duke, Virginia, Ohio State, Nebraska and Northwestern are just some of the other programs who have offered him scholarships. Robinson has not named any leaders, so Michigan remains one of the programs looking to remain at the forefront of his recruitment.
“I think they’re in a position to really make a move,” Wiltfong said. “Some other schools may have the edge, but he’s been to Michigan just once and we know when Michigan hosts kids for official visits, they typically blow them away and Wandale is the type of young man who fits at Michigan. If he has a good time, we’ll see what happens but he doesn’t expect to make a college decision until fall at the earliest.”
The industry-generated 247Sports Composite ranks Robinson as the nation's No. 8 all-purpose back and No. 10 rising senior recruit in the state of Kentucky.
Wolverines offer Texas TE
Dickinson (Texas) class of 2019 tight end Jalen Wydermyer was offered by Michigan on Monday. Wydermeyer, ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 17 tight end in the country, is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect with 23 offers now.
This comes on the heels of Ole Miss offering following his strong performance at their elite camp.
While analysts consider Texas Tech to be the team to beat, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M and more have also offered scholarships.
As a junior, he caught 31 passes for 518 yards and eight touchdowns.
New names emerge at GVSU Best of the Midwest
Michigan had a large amount of their staff Sunday at Grand Valley State’s Best of the Midwest Football Academy. Several players who the Wolverines have offered like defensive end Ruke Orhorhoro and VIPER Lance Dixon were present at the event, but it also served as an opportunity for the coaches to find new targets.
Among the players who emerged in the 2019 class were Canton defensive end Darius Robinson, Bolingbrook (Ill.) running back Anthony Williams Jr., Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy defensive end Armoni Dixon, and Fort Wayne (Ind.) R Nelson Snider tight end Simon Dellinger.
These four players are now planning on attending camps in Ann Arbor later this month.
Dellinger, a 6-foot-5, 227-pound prospect, already has decided to come to campus on Saturday for the Wolverines’ all-position camp.
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.