Recruiting Roundup: Fall evaluation period starts today

Dylan Burkhardt

The fall contact and evaluation period begins today which means college coaches are allowed back on the road to conduct in-home and in-school visits. News that Michigan will be checking in on top-30 guard PJ Dozier on September 17th was reported yesterday, but several other in-home visits have also been announced.

Class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. will have a long list of observers as Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, UNLV, USC, Cal, Arizona, UCLA, Duke, Oklahoma and Miami are expected at Findlay Prep to watch the five-star point guard this week.

Michigan will also join Arizona, UCLA, Florida and Xavier in checking out five-star forward TJ Leaf this week on the West coast.

Michigan’s entire staff will check in on five-star guard Tyus Battle next week. Seton Hall, Rutgers, Louisville, Virginia, Villanova and Ohio State are also scheduled to watch Battle according to Adam Zagoria.

Big instate visitors

Michigan hosted two marquee prospects for its football opener against Appalachian State: 2016 point guard Cassius Winston and 2017 five-star Brian Bowen.

Winston has made several trips to campus since he was offered on June 15th. The Detroit Jesuit point guard has also visited Michigan State, Maryland, Georgetown and Davidson this summer. Ohio State extended a scholarship offer to Winston in late August.

2971196[1]Bowen is the No. 7 player in the class of 2017 according to 247 Sports’ Composite rankings. The 6-foot-6 Saginaw wing has a versatile game and impressed throughout the summer with The Family’s U16 team. Bowen has strong connections to Michigan State (his dad mentored and trained former MSU standout Jason Richardson), but Michigan has done a good job of getting involved early in Bowen’s recruitment.

Keep track of past and future recruiting visits on our recruiting visits page.

Ranking updates

Rivals updated its class of 2016 recruiting rankings last week and several Michigan commitments, offers and targets are in the top-150. Big man commitment Jon Teske cracks the list at No. 97, earning four stars. Michigan’s other offered prospects are all ranked: Derryck Thornton Jr. (9), Tyus Battle (16), TJ Leaf (18), Josh Langford (22), Cassius Winston (35), Quentin Goodin (78) and Seth Towns (124).

Other ranked targets include Jamal Murray (20), Devearl Ramsey (47), Bruce Brown (58), Kyle Guy (60) and Tyler Cook (93).

In other news, the 247 Sports Composite Rankings feed on our recruiting profiles should be fixed and up to date.

Other notes

  • Michigan will also be in to watch Jamal Murray at Athlete Institute.
  • 2016 offer Quentin Goodin is visitng Florida for its football game against Kentucky.  Tennessee, Auburn and Xavier are expected in to watch him workout.
  • Former Michigan target Jalen Brunson is expected to announce between Illinois and Villanova on Wednesday.
  • 2015 combo forward Esa Ahmad eliminated Michigan in his latest list.