Michigan will open its home slate Saturday when Western Michigan comes to Ann Arbor, and a handful of recruits will be on hand to witness the action as well.
There will be one official visitor in The Big House, Round Rock (Texas) Cedar Ridge wide receiver Jaylen Ellis. Ellis (6-0, 180 pounds) is committed to Baylor, but has remained open to other programs since his verbal commitment. He has visited Texas, one of the programs thought to have the best chance of flipping him, and will now take this visit to Michigan.
“The toughest part is just deciding the schools that I’m going to take more seriously,” Ellis told Mike Roach of Horns247. “I actually haven’t taken any officials (yet), but I do plan on releasing a top schools list.”
Ellis has been committed to Baylor since June 2017. They were his first scholarship offer and he jumped on it. Since then, nearly 30 other programs have offered, including Michigan, who offered in May.
“I’ve talked to everybody, I’ve talked to Coach (Roy) Roundtree, Coach (Sherrone) Moore and Coach (Greg McElwain) and I’ve been on the phone with Coach (Jim) Harbaugh every now and then," Ellis said. "They are all recruiting me hard. I really like those dudes a lot. As much love as they show, I really can’t wait for my visit."
Ellis has yet to ever visit Michigan.
“I just want to see the Big House,” he said. “They say you need an actual game time vibe. So I really do want that. And just the education, how they are, they have what I want to major in, kinesiology. It’s the best in the county. Since I looked it up, that’s just something I looked at. It’s very interesting in me.”
Baylor, Oregon and Houston also may receive official visits from him.
He has said he would like to have a final decision made as to whether he is sticking with Baylor or changing his commitment to another school made by his homecoming game, which will take place Sept. 21.
Ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 65 wide receiver in the country, Ellis was selected for The Opening Finals in the summer and the All-American Bowl which takes place in January.
Additional visitors for Saturday
Michigan commit Denver Warren, a junior defensive tackle from West Aurora (Ill.), will return to Ann Arbor. The 6-foot-3, 318-pound Warren, a composite four-star, committed to Michigan in July.
Josh Thompson, a sophomore offensive lineman from Fenton, is among the underclassmen expected at the game. Already 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, the young prospect is receiving interest from Michigan State and Central Michigan, in addition to the Wolverines.
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.