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Trieu: Can Michigan turn tide on five-star Quavaris Crouch?

By Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Quavaris Crouch

Michigan has two home games left this season to host recruits, but this Saturday’s matchup with Penn State will be a spotlight game and an opportunity for the Wolverines to show prospects the Michigan Stadium atmosphere for that type of contest.

Five-star athlete Quavaris Crouch from Charlotte (N.C.) Harding will be on his official visit to Michigan. At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Crouch has made a name for himself as a bruising tailback, but given Michigan’s tailback recruiting, Crouch is viewed as more of an athlete for the Wolverines. Clemson is viewed as the leader here, and this is very likely to be Michigan’s last chance to turn the tide.

Everett (Mass.) cornerback Mike Sainristil will be taking an unofficial visit to Michigan. He already took an official to Ann Arbor in the summer. Sainristil was committed to Virginia Tech at the time, but has since de-committed and Michigan is considered the team to beat among recruiting analysts, with Boston College also in the picture.

At one point, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School running back Kenny McIntosh was targeting this weekend for an official visit with Michigan, but that is no longer happening, according to a recent interview he did with 247Sports.

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A number of juniors with Michigan offers are expected to be in attendance. Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinett wide receiver Josh Downs will be back in town. He attended the BBQ at the Big House in the summer. A four-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite, Downs played with Michigan commit D.J. Turner a year ago before Turner transferred to IMG Academy. Turner will also be at Michigan this weekend.

Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace cornerback Jaheem Joseph will visit Michigan this weekend. The Wolverines offered in May and are considered a leader in his recruitment. Louisville, Marshall, Syracuse and others have offered the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Joseph.

Southfield A&T defensive tackle Bryce Austin does not have an offer from Michigan yet, but the Wolverines have been in contact and he will visit this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Austin has offers from Missouri, Pittsburgh, Iowa State and more.

Four-star junior running back offered

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet running back Seth McGowen was offered by Michigan on Sunday. McGowan is ranked as the No. 10 junior running back in the country by the 247Sports Composite.

Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Arizona State and 19 other schools have offered.

McGowen earned District 15-5A Offensive Sophomore of the Year honors after rushing for 1,020 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. As a junior, he has already surpassed those numbers.

Kansas sleeper earns Michigan offer

Michigan offered an intriguing senior prospect on Tuesday in Amauri Pesek-Hickson, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete from Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley North who has been playing running back and linebacker this season.

Michigan is his first major offer in football. Pesek-Hickson is in his first year playing high school football. Prior to this, he played basketball and was looking to be recruited for hoops.

His return to football has brought colleges his way, but Michigan is the first to take the leap of extending an offer.

Pesek-Hickson will take an official visit to Michigan on Dec. 8.

More information

Quavaris Crouch profile 

Mike Sainristil profile 

Josh Downs profile 

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.