Michigan Football is a “dark horse” in recruiting elite DB

Michigan Football made the last eight for four-star safety Javien Toviano in the 2023 recruit class, and here’s a look at the Wolverines’ chances.

Slowly but surely, Michigan football is beginning to pick up some momentum down the recruiting path. The visit list for the Class of 2023 is growing by the day and on Tuesday the Wolverines were included in the final list of eight teams for four-star defenseman Javien Toviano.

A native of Arlington, Texas, Toviano is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds. He is ranked 31st overall according to On3.com consensus rankings and is close to being a five star recruit.

Some others that have made it into his last eight include Georgia, Texas A&M, Texas, Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Oregon and Michigan Football.

Where Does Michigan Football Stand?

Among this list of finalists, the Wolverines cannot be considered favorites at this time. Georgia is the leader according to On3.com’s prediction engine and the Bulldogs have also hosted Toviano for several visits and currently have the only official visit scheduled.

Texas A&M and Texas are also in the middle. Both will want to bring him to campus for an official visit, but sometimes when a kid is as close to home as Dante Moore’s, an unofficial visit isn’t really necessary.

This could give Michigan Football and other teams an opportunity to invite him for an official visit. Here’s what he told On3.com about the Wolverines:

“Michigan has been kind of a dark horse in my recruiting lately. They’re such a worker program. I don’t think I could have crossed them off the list. The work they’ve done with corners doesn’t go unnoticed. Coach Bellamy, Coach Harbaugh, Coach Clink… I know guys like that focus on improving the man over the player. I think that’s what sets them apart the most.”

It’s no surprise Toviano is talking about Steve Clinkscale, the cornerback coach and co-defensive coordinator, or Ron Bellamy, who was the safety coach before moving to wide receiver last offseason.

The Wolverines have done a solid job with cornerbacks, and with Clink in the mix, Toviano could be considered more of a hybrid like Daxton Hill. Cornerbacks tend to go higher than safeties, so it might help to play in a place like Michigan where that’s understood.

Still, Michigan needs to get Toviano on campus before it can become a serious contender, but as of now, it at least has an outside chance.

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