Recruiting: Michigan hosting prospects for spring football practice – Detroit Free Press
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Although the prime recruiting visit date of Michigan spring football practices — the April 1 spring game — doesn’t arrive for another couple weeks, that hasn’t prevented the coaching staff from welcoming several recruits to campus in recent days.
Perhaps the most urgent of the visits came from Port Washington, Wis., four-star offensive lineman Tyler Beach — not because the Wolverines have ground to make up but because he might be closest to making a college decision. Though he plans to take a look at a few more Big Ten schools, the home-state Badgers are battling U-M for his favor.
“I plan on committing in April or May,” Beach said. “Michigan and Wisconsin are my top choices right now, and I’ll just pick whatever place feels right.”
The Hutchinson name has some familiarity among Michigan fans. Dearborn Divine Child 2018 defensive end Aidan Hutchinson’s dad, Chris, was an All-America defensive tackle at U-M in 1992. The younger Hutchinson is still looking for his first college scholarship offer, but the 6-foot-4, 227-pound sophomore could be getting closer.
“I have talked to many schools, but Miami (Ohio) came in to look at me,” he said. “They told me I look Big Ten and they would never have a chance to get me, so they didn’t offer. It was very cool to hear that, and I just have to keep on grinding to achieve my goals.”
Another class of 2018 prospect, Springfield, Ohio, outside linebacker Antwuan Johnson, also recently was on campus. He’s even more high-profile than Hutchinson, already holding scholarship offers from the Wolverines, Cincinnati, Louisville and others. His trip was an opportunity to bond with the U-M coaching staff.
“I hung out mostly with coach (Michael) Zordich and coach (Don) Brown,” Johnson said. “I spent time with both Jay and Jim Harbaugh, too. The coaching, in general, just stood out to me. The way they coached, how they interacted with all the players during practice and how energetic they were throughout practice really stood out.”
Michigan has another couple of weeks of spring practice — which should mean a steady stream of visitors, especially with high school spring breaks approaching — before wrapping things up until August.
Tim Sullivan is the football recruiting editor of The Wolverine magazine and thewolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @tims_wolverine.