Michigan fans are going to love John Beilein even more after he puts the finishing touches on the 2014 recruiting class.
Recruiting updates are rolling in with the time for official visits nearly upon us, and the Michigan basketball program has been getting some good news as of late.
Despite falling out of the mix for one elite prospect and cooling on another, the Wolverines do not have a shortage of options. New targets have been added to the board. Others are beginning to trim their lists, most of which are still considering Michigan.
Keep in mind that the early signing period begins on Nov. 13, so things will continue to heat up on the recruiting trail over the next couple of months.
There have been some significant changes to the Michigan Wolverines' recruiting board over the past couple of weeks. Since being spurned by 5-star prospect Kevon Looney, landing a combo forward has become a top priority. Several names are being tossed around, but a few are standing out thus far.
Devin Robinson, a 4-star recruit, recently picked up a Michigan offer. Paul Biancardi of ESPN believes the Wolverines are among the top contenders for Robinson. Nothing is official yet, but the 6'8", 180-pounder intends to trim his list "very soon." Look for the Maize and Blue to make the cut.
One prospect who has quietly remained a Michigan target is ESPN 100 forward Jaylen Johnson. Grades have been a concern for the nation's No. 62 overall prospect and will be monitored closely by the staff. Johnson visited Ann Arbor on Aug. 8, which is another step toward an offer. Other contenders in this recruiting battle are Louisville and Michigan State.
Former Flint, Mich. native Jonah Bolden "likes Michigan a lot," according to Chris Balas of TheWolverine. Bolden honed his game in Australia and will suit up for Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep this season. Expect a visit from him this fall.
With interest in Vince Edwards fading, the Michigan Wolverines will likely turn up the heat on their remaining small forward targets. Kameron Chatman is one of the recruits who will get some extra attention.
Only five schools remain in the hunt for Chatman: Michigan, Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon and USC.
Three of those programs already know when the 4-star prospect is coming to town for an official visit. Michigan will receive one on Sept. 6, the day of the Wolverines prime time football game against Notre Dame. The following weekend, Chatman will head to Oregon and then Arizona on Sept. 27-29.
Again, luring Chatman away from the West Coast will be a tall order. Nevertheless, Michigan appears to be in good shape for the time being.
After staying quiet about his top schools for much of the recruiting process, Trevon Bluiett chose to end the silence on July 31. The nation's No. 41 overall prospect eliminated all but seven schools: Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, UCLA and Xavier.
The next step for Bluiett, at least from the Wolverines' standpoint, is a visit to campus on Aug. 31. The Park Tudor High School standout will get a chance to take in Michigan's season-opening football game against Central Michigan.
Some believe Bluiett could commit while in Ann Arbor. However, Chris Balas of TheWolverine disagrees.
Balas wrote (subscription required):
There have been rumblings he could pledge to U-M then, but we believe he'll hold off and that UCLA is still right there. Getting a kid to pledge on a trip would be ideal - the longer a kid goes after the glow of a visit wears off, the more chance others will have to stay around - so the coaches and players will work on him when he's on campus, no doubt. We still think this one is 50-50, though the odds would go down a bit if he decided to take the rest of his visits, as planned.
The Maize and Blue faithful have every reason to be optimistic about Bluiett, but things can change in a hurry.
Update, 7:57 p.m.: Devin Booker released his top five schools via Twitter. In no order, the five finalists are Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri.
Despite the fact Devin Booker has yet to pare his list of suitors, the Moss Point, Miss. shooting guard has four official visits planned out.
Booker will take trips to Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky and Missouri. No dates have been set up for these visits aside from Kentucky, which will host the 5-star recruit on Oct. 18 during Big Blue Madness.
One school may be falling out of the mix as well.
"I have four visits set up and I haven't scheduled one to Florida yet and I'm not even sure if I'm going to do that," Booker told Scout.
It is a good sign for Michigan that Booker is already set on taking an official visit to Ann Arbor. This has been confirmed by Chris Balas of TheWolverine, who feels the Maize and Blue "remains strong" for the 6'5", 185-pounder.