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Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines' National Signing Day Wish List

Zach DirlamSenior Analyst IIJune 24, 2016

Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines' National Signing Day Wish List

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    After countless hours of breaking down film and traveling across the country to court the nation's top high school football prospects, the Michigan Wolverines have 26 verbal commitments and boast the No. 6 recruiting class in the country.

    There are only two spots left in Michigan's 2013 crop of recruits, and one of them may be filled on Saturday by a 5-star running back.

    As for the other opening in the class, there are a handful of options left on the table for the Wolverines, who will likely add an eighth offensive lineman or a third tight end to build much-needed depth at those positions.

    Who is on Michigan's wish list for National Signing Day? Click ahead to find out! 

    Note: All team and prospect rankings used in this article are from Rivals.com.

Derrick Green, Running Back

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    One of the few things missing from the Michigan Wolverines' outstanding recruiting class is a game-changing running back, which is exactly what 5-star prospect Derrick Green (Richmond, Va.) would bring to the Maize and Blue.

    The nation's No. 1 running back has narrowed his list of schools down to Michigan, the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers. Green is expected to announce where he will play at the college level on Saturday afternoon.

    Although the Wolverines are the favorite to land Green, the race for his signature has become a bit closer with late pushes from the new coaching staffs at Auburn and Tennessee.

    All of Green's remaining suitors will make their final pitches during in-home visits this week, according to Mike Farrell of Rivals.com.

    Barring a surprise, which is never out of the question when it comes to recruiting, Green should become Michigan's 27th verbal commitment this weekend.

Durham Smythe, Tight End

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    Head coach Brady Hoke has made the tight end position a priority in his first three years on the recruiting trail for the Michigan Wolverines. Although there will be four talented underclassmen competing for playing time in 2013, Durham Smythe (Belton, Tex.) could give the Maize and Blue extra depth.

    The 3-star prospect and No. 14 tight end in the country has already trimmed his list down to Michigan, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Stanford Cardinal. 

    Smythe originally set up an official visit to Michigan for this weekend, but since the Fighting Irish will be hosting several committed prospects on Friday, the 6'6", 230-pounder pushed his trip to Ann Arbor back one week.

    The Belton High School standout could wind up committing to Notre Dame on the visit. Although, I believe Smythe will hold off on making a decision until he sees what the Wolverines have to offer.

    The logjam at tight end on the two-deep will likely push Smythe elsewhere, but Hoke and the coaches are not going to make it easy for anyone to land the former Texas Longhorns' commit. 

Cameron Hunt, Offensive Guard

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    Five of the Michigan Wolverines' incoming prospects were once committed to other programs, and the coaching staff is hoping 4-star offensive guard Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif.) will become the sixth recruit to flip.

    Hunt committed to the Cal Golden Bears last July, but the Centennial High School standout decided to re-open his recruitment after head coach Jeff Tedford was fired following a 3-9 season.

    After trips to see the Ohio State Buckeyes, Oregon Ducks and Michigan the last thing Hunt has to do before making a final decision about his future is officially visit Cal this weekend.

    The Wolverines remain hopeful Hunt will opt to join their highly touted recruiting class, though the recent commitment of 3-star offensive guard Dan Samuelson (Plymouth, Ind.) may chase the nation's No. 213 overall prospect away. 

    As mentioned in the introduction, Michigan already has verbal commitments from seven offensive linemen, so adding Hunt would just be another cherry on top of a very large sundae at this stage of the recruiting process.

Dan Skipper, Offensive Tackle

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    One of the most intriguing prospects in the class of 2013 is 6'10", 295-pound offensive tackle Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo.), who is currently committed to the Tennessee Volunteers, but is still considering the Michigan Wolverines, Ole Miss Rebels, Arkansas Razorbacks and Ohio State Buckeyes. 

    Skipper's size has college coaches drooling and one of the five aforementioned programs will be landing a prospect with an extremely high ceiling.

    The 3-star recruit visited Tennessee last September, Michigan in December along with trips to Ohio State and Arkansas this month. Skipper will take his fifth and final visit to see Ole Miss this weekend.

    Following the trip to Oxford, Skipper will choose which one of his finalists will inherit his outstanding skill set. Do not expect his final choice to be the Wolverines, though.

    Tennessee looks like the favorite to retain Skipper's commitment, but Ole Miss has made some noise recently by landing 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.), so don't count the Rebels out either.

Ty Isaac, Running Back

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    Even though 5-star running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill.) already spurned the Michigan Wolverines for the USC Trojans last July, there have been some rumblings that the nation's No. 27 overall prospect may de-commit. 

    If Derrick Green opts to take his talents to the SEC, the Wolverines could turn up the heat on Isaac and make him seriously re-consider his commitment to USC.

    The Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish have kept themselves in the mix for the 6'3", 215-pounder, so Michigan will have plenty of competition if Isaac decides to put himself back on the open market.

    Since the Wolverines are the favorites to land Green, do not expect to hear much about Isaac after this weekend. 

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