The Wolverine

August 2021

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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AUGUST 2021 THE WOLVERINE 51 BY EJ HOLLAND M ichigan head coach Jim Har- baugh and his staff traveled across the country and took part in several summer satellite camps throughout the month of June. The tour allowed the Wolverines to spend time with a number of top 2022 targets. Here is a look at the five most important in the 2022 class and where Michigan stands with each heading into August. DT Walter Nolen, Cordova (Tenn.) St. Benedict Michigan wasted no time getting on the road to see its biggest remain- ing target of the cycle. On the first day of the contact period, Harbaugh and his entire defensive staff flew out to Memphis and had plenty of face time with Nolen and his family. Due to a long delay to start the camp, Harbaugh and company got more than an hour of time to hang out with Nolen. The five-star recruit went through the camp and worked with Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua as well as safeties coach Ron Bellamy — both of whom are working extremely hard on him. Nolen — the No. 1 player in Ten- nessee, and No. 2 defensive tackle and No. 6 overall recruit national per — made his way to Ann Arbor for an official visit later in the month and then subsequently in- cluded the Wolverines in his top five. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Ten- nessee are the other schools involved. OL Josh Conerly, Seattle Rainer Beach Michigan is making Conerly its top overall priority along the offensive line and flew all the way out to the Pacific Northwest to see him on the fi- nal day before the dead period began. Harbaugh, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis and offensive line coach Sherrone Moore all had an opportu- nity to work with the four-star recruit and get extended face time with him and his father. Both told The Wolverine that Michigan made a strong impres- sion on them and that they are looking to officially visit in the fall — poten- tially for the game against Washington. Michigan is squarely in the mix for Conerly — the No. 1 recruit in Wash- ington, and the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 42 overall player in the coun- try per — but there is still plenty of work to do. Washington is the favorite to keep him home. DT Deone Walker, Detroit Cass Tech A mammoth 300-pounder, Walker has risen up the rankings and the pri- ority board and is now one of Michi- gan's most coveted recruits this cycle. The four-star talent is listed as the No. 8 player in Michigan and the No. 23 de- fensive tackle in the nation according to, and camped with the Wolverines at their satellite camp at Eastern Michigan. He also spent some time with Harbaugh and company at their satellite camp in Big Rapids. Along with his satellite camp ap- pearances, Walker was on campus twice for unofficial visits — once on Detroit Day and once on Victors Week- end. Michigan is considered the favor- ite for Walker, who has continuously moved up his decision timeline. The Wolverines are looking to close soon. LB Lander Barton, Salt Lake City Brighton How important of a target is Bar- ton? Harbaugh missed the first part of the Nashville satellite camp, where he was scheduled to speak, and took a private jet to see Barton at a camp he wasn't previously slated to attend. Harbaugh personally loves Barton, and both defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald and linebackers coach George Helow are making a strong run here. Actually landing Barton — who lists as a four- star recruit, the No. 1 player in Utah and the No. 23 outside linebacker in the country — will be a bit of an uphill battle, but the Wolverines have positioned themselves to potentially receive a fall official visit. LSU, Texas, USC, Utah and others are involved here as well. OL Mark Nabou, Seattle O'Dea Conerly isn't the only top prospect the Wolverines saw during their time MICHIGAN RECRUITING Coaching Staff Sees Key Targets At Satellite Camps Josh Conerly of Seattle Rainer Beach — a four-star talent, the No. 1 prospect in Washington, and the No. 6 offensive tackle and No. 42 overall player nationally per — is Michigan's top overall pri- ority along the offensive line. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM 2022 Michigan Commitment List Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) Aaron Alexander LB 6-1 204 Belleville, Mich. (Belleville) Jayden Denegal QB 6-4 215 Apple Valley, Calif. (Apple Valley) Mario Eugenio DE 6-3 240 Tampa, Fla. (Gaither) Kevonte Henry DE 6-4 208 Lawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger) Will Johnson DB 6-2 182 Grosse Pointe, Mich. (Grosse Pointe South) Connor Jones OL 6-7 285 Monument, Colo. (Palmer Ridge) Kody Jones DB 6-0 180 Germantown, Tenn. (Germantown) Marlin Klein TE 6-6 215 Rabun Gap, Ga. (Nacoochee) Alessandro Lorenzetti OL 6-6 275 Windsor, Conn. (Loomis Chaffee School) Colston Loveland TE 6-5 230 Gooding, Idaho (Gooding) Davonte Miles DL 6-4 265 River Rouge, Mich. (River Rouge) Tyler Morris WR 6-0 175 La Grange, Ill. (Nazareth Academy) Micah Pollard LB 6-3 200 Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail) Myles Pollard DB 6-2 180 Brentwood, Tenn. (Ravenwood) CJ Stokes RB 5-10 188 Columbia, S.C. (Hammond School) Tay'Shawn Trent WR 6-4 205 Eastpointe, Mich. (Eastpointe)

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