Michigan Football: Recapping the Biggest Visits from the Weekend of March 9

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIMarch 12, 2013

Michigan Football: Recapping the Biggest Visits from the Weekend of March 9

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    The Michigan/Indiana game at Crisler this past weekend hosted a number of big-name recruits that Michigan is pursuing hard.

    The fact that the Crisler Center was electric obviously should help persuade some of these kids that Michigan is the place for them.

    So just who was all on campus? Here's a look at the biggest visitors and Michigan's chances with each of them.

Tommy Doles

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    This wasn't the first time this offensive lineman from nearby Grand Rapids visited Ann Arbor, and it certainly won't be the last.

    Michigan appears to be the clear favorite for Doles, and it's seemingly only a matter of time before Doles winds up in this class.

    Sure, it'd be great to land this local product, but it would also be nice if he was rated a bit higher. Other than Michigan, his only two major offers are from Iowa State and Northwestern, as he just hasn't been heavily pursued.

    With that being said, these Michigan coaches have an eye for talent, especially on the offensive line. Expect Doles to wind up in this class at one point or another.

Lawrence Marshall

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    Marshall, a defensive end from nearby Southfield, was once an OSU commit, but that didn't last long. In fact, he was only committed about two days before he realized that that wasn't the place for him. Needless to say, he made a wise decision.

    Marshall has a few impressive scholarship offers, including from the likes of Oklahoma and Nebraska, and seems to be a player on the rise.

    It's still pretty hard to tell where Michigan stands with Marshall, but the Wolverines at least appear to be near the top.

    The Wolverines may or may not land him, but they should certainly be in it until the end.

Malik McDowell

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    Malik McDowell, a local kid right out of Detroit, is widely considered one of the best defensive ends in the country.

    The massive 6'6", nearly 300-pound lineman has offers from the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State and Stanford.

    He is no stranger to Ann Arbor either, as this past weekend wasn't his first trip.

    Michigan is in as good a position as anybody for McDowell right now, and it'd be surprising if it didn't stay that way.

    Notre Dame is one to watch as well, as the Irish might just be Michigan's biggest competitor for McDowell.

Drake Harris

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    This is probably the one everyone has been waiting for. Harris visited Ann Arbor for a third straight week and afterwards promptly cut ties with his commitment to Michigan State.

    This caused many fans to jump to the conclusion that Michigan should now be the favorite. Although Harris hasn't said that himself, there's nothing wrong with assuming that.

    He obviously loves Michigan and has many friends here, both current players and recruits of his own age.

    But he is also picking up a lot of interest nationally, as his offer list includes schools such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State and Tennessee.

    Reeling in Harris won't be easy, but again Michigan has just as good of a shot of landing him as anybody else.

    As the process moves along, Harris will probably be the recruit Michigan fans will follow and covet the most.

Basketball Visitors

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    Even though there was a solid group of football visitors at Crisler, the group of visiting basketball players was even more impressive.

    Michigan's top four targets were all in attendance, something that is very hard to do. It's not too often that a school can gather all of its top basketball targets and get them in one place for an event.

    One of them did wind up committing, Ricky Doyle, as he became the first member of the 2014 class. Michigan also closed the gap on Purdue when it comes to landing Vince Edwards, as he was blown away by the visit.

    The final two, Devin Booker and Trevon Bluiett, are the most sought after of the bunch. Michigan is in very good position with both, but Booker is picking up big-name offers seemingly weekly; it will be a battle to land him.

    Bluiett, on the other hand, appears to currently favor Michigan and Butler, with Indiana a distant third.

    With Doyle now on board, closing the class with two of the above mentioned three would make for another great Top 10 class nationally.