Recruitment Summary: Key four-star CB target recaps visit for Illinois game < Illinois

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and welcome to today’s Michigan Recruiting Roundup!

In today’s recap, we’re going to round up a few more recruits who visited last weekend’s game in Illinois, as well as an interesting update on some international destinations. We start with one of the most important additions remaining on the board in 2023.

Top CB target recaps visit for game in Illinois

Jyaire Hill visited Ann Arbor several times during his recruitment process. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound, four-star cornerback prospect has also been to Illinois a number of times, which given the school’s proximity to his hometown of Kankakee, Illinois, and the legitimate interest he has in the program, makes sense.

So it came as no surprise that he was in Ann Arbor for last weekend’s Michigan-Illinois game. He summarized his journey to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($).

“Michigan is Mars, to sum it up,” Hill laughed. “The fandom is the alien population.

“The staff is over the top. You are not shy at all. They know they are a big university, but they put you first.”

Hill’s unofficial top two are Michigan and Illinois, and that’s what it will come down to whenever he makes his decision. He said Wiltfong Michigan was in his “top three,” but didn’t specify which other two schools were up there.

At this point, Michigan did everything it could with Hill. Now it’s up to him what he wants. We’ll find out soon enough as the early signing deadline is less than a month from December 21st.

Three Star DT, ex-Wisconsin conscript, details of trip to Ann Arbor

Another big visitor last weekend was three-star defensive tackle Jamel Howard of 2023. The massive 6-foot-3, 320-pounder was cleared by the Wisconsin Badgers ahead of his trip to Ann Arbor, and now it looks like it , as if the Wolverines are ahead.

Howard caught up with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) to discuss details of his visit.

“It was great,” Howard said. “I had a lot of fun. (The main highlights were) seeing one of my pals from high school, Jimmy (Rolder), and watching him achieve his dream.”

Howard mentioned his former high school teammate Rolder. That’s something Michigan has to offer, as does the defensive scheme Mike Elston has been using as a recruit spot since he offered it back on Oct. 26.

“[He told me]that I would be an important part of their defense and that they want to bring in these great guys from Illinois,” Howard said.

This was an unofficial visit, so there is still a chance for Howard to pay an official visit before the early signing deadline. That’s the plan, at least, so expect him to pay an official visit sometime before December 21st.

A few crystal balls have been submitted for Michigan since the weekend visit. At this point I would be stunned if he didn’t commit and sign his letter of intent with the Wolverines.

3 overseas prospects are visiting Ann Arbor this week

According to On3’s EJ Holland, the Michigan Wolverines had some prospects from Germany visiting Ann Arbor this week. Those prospects are 2023 quarterback Lukas Kottstorfer, 2023 defenseman Farradj Titikpina and 2024 linebacker Justin Okoronkwo, the latter of which received an offer from Michigan over the summer.

These visits were organized by Brandon Collier, founder of PPI Recruits, an organization that helps international prospects get noticed by college coaches. This program helped the Wolverines land three-star French edging Aymeric Koumba from 2023 and German defender Manuel Beigel from 2024 and Julius Welschof in the 2018 cycle.

Holland noted that Okoronkwo ran a 4.49 40-yard dash time and was measured at 6-foot-3 and 205-pounds. For a linebacker that ticks pretty much every box you could have. He will occupy an important position in the 2024 class among Michigan’s priorities.

As for the other two prospects, Titikpina is 6ft 4, 305 pounds and ran a 4.85 40-yard dash. He is currently holding offers from Ole Miss and Temple. Meanwhile, Kottstorfer has no offers, but could earn some when the cycle ends.

Obviously the big fish here is Okoronkwo, who the Wolverines will be courting quite heavily in junior class. It’s great that he can see Michigan up close again.