Michigan football is the favorite for these seven 2023 recruits
Michigan Wolverines football just wrapped up a June period in which the program hosted over 30 official visitors. The Maize and Blue sit in a nice spot with several prospects, including a couple who will make their decisions soon.
Here’s a look at seven recruits that the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) has Michigan leading for.
RPM is the industry’s first algorithm and machine learning-based product to predict where athletes will attend college. It factors in machine learning, expert predictions, social sentiment, visits, and historical trends. However, expert predictions are still a big piece of the RPM equation.
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EDGE Enow Etta, Colleyville (Texas) Covenant Christian Academy
RPM: Michigan (96.2 percent), Michigan State (1.4 percent)
Michigan is considered the favorite among Etta’s top four, which also includes Alabama, Michigan State and Stanford. The four-star is set to decide “soon,” per his Twitter account.
Etta has taken four of his five allotted official visits — Utah (June 3), Michigan State (June 10), Michigan (June 17) and Stanford (June 24).
The 6-4.5-260-pounder is ranked as the No. 140 overall player in the nation per the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
OL Amir Herring, West Bloomfield (Mich.) High
RPM: Michigan (71.7 percent), Nebraska (23.4 percent), Missouri (1.2 percent)
Michigan sits in a great spot for the four-star interior offensive lineman as his July 7 decision date nears. Nebraska was once considered the favorite, including coming off his June 3 official visit to Lincoln but the Wolverines made a recent move during his June 17 OV to Ann Arbor and are back on top.
Herring is the No. 274 overall player in the land on the On3 Consensus.
LB Semaj Bridgeman, Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood
RPM: Michigan (91.6 percent), Penn State (3.3 percent), Rutgers (2.3 percent)
In early June, Bridgeman released a top six of Oregon, Alabama, Georgia, Rutgers, Michigan and South Carolina. The Wolverines have received the four-star recruit’s lone official visit to this point (June 10) and have the lead for the time being.
Bridgeman is slotted as the No. 319 overall player in the country per the On3 Consensus.
DL My’Keil Gardner, Peoria (Ariz.) Liberty
RPM: Michigan (54 percent), Oregon (42.3 percent), Texas (1.3 percent)
The four-star defensive lineman has taken official visits to California (May 13), Wisconsin (June 2), Michigan (June 10), Texas (June 17) and Oregon (June 24). The Wolverines are the slight favorite for his services coming out of June.
On3 has the 6-3, 287-pounder ranked as a four-star, while the On3 Consensus has him as a three-star. He’s the No. 428 overall player in the country per the latter set of rankings.
OL Paul Mubenga, Buford (Ga.) High
RPM: Michigan (91.5 percent), LSU (1.9 percent), Texas A&M (1.6 percent)
The three-star recruit appears to be Michigan’s to lose, even after officially visiting LSU and Texas A&M this month, and he said he’ll set a decision date after the Fourth of July. He took his OV to Ann Arbor June 10.
Per the On3 Consensus, Mubenga is the No. 619 overall prospect in the 2023 class.
OL Logan Howland, Westfield (N.J.) Hun School
RPM: Michigan (80.8 percent), Vanderbilt (4.5 percent), Iowa (3.9 percent), Oklahoma (3.2 percent)
While U-M appears to have a commanding lead, look out for dark horses Iowa and Oklahoma. The three-star recruit took official visits to the four contenders listed above, plus one to Miami June 17. He plans to make a commitment in July.
He’s the No. 530 overall recruit in the land per the On3 Consensus.
WR Fredrick Moore, St. Louis (Mo.) Cardinal Ritter College Prep
RPM: Michigan (92.7 percent), Illinois (3.1 percent), Michigan State (1.6 percent)
The three-star wideout appears to be Michigan’s to lose as well, with a commanding RPM lead heading into his July 1 decision. There were questions as to whether or not he’d be a take for the Maize and Blue, but expert predictions have come in for him to land in Ann Arbor.
He’s taken official visits to Illinois (June 3), Michigan (June 10) and Michigan State (June 17).
Moore is the No. 546 overall player nationally on the On3 Consensus.
One Michigan is close with
Easily the highest-ranked player Michigan is in on, Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll five-star athlete Nickoles Harbor is the No. 6 overall recruit in the land per On3, and the 12th-best prospect on the Consensus.
Maryland has the slight lead at 28.8 percent on the RPM, and other schools like LSU (17.2), USC (8.5) and Miami (6.9) are in the mix, but U-M is right behind at 22.3 percent.
Harbor has taken just one official visit — to Miami June 24 — and is letting recruiting take a back seat for the time being. He took an unofficial trip to Michigan last September.