Trying to understand EDGE recruitment in 2023

There have been a number of different reshuffles when it comes to EDGE’s recruitment for Michigan football, and here’s an attempt to make sense of it.

Sometime soon there should be clarity when it comes to Michigan Football recruiting to the EDGE position in the 2023 class of recruits.

There are four targets that could be decided as early as this week and at least in the next few weeks. Tyler Thompson, a three-star North Carolina pass rusher, is the latest to announce his decision date, and after his official visit to North Carolina, he tweeted that he will make his signing Wednesday.

There was hope that he would commit to Michigan football. The Wolverines picked up two crystal balls for Thompson shortly after his visit, but more pundits didn’t follow suit and today those predictions were flipped to North Carolina.

I was concerned about the tar heels that have beaten Michigan for the past two cycles by some state (North Carolina) recruits and the visit must have made all the difference.

As for the others to be announced soon, Enow Etta still has plenty of reasons for optimism after not making any official visits following his trip to Ann Arbor.

However, the others set to decide this week are Collins Acheampong and Jaxon Howard, both of whom are four stars on defence.

Acheampong has received a number of crystal ball projections for Michigan football and the Wolverines have a 94 per cent chance of winning his engagement, according to the On3 prediction engine, but it feels a lot closer after Miami hosted him last weekend.

We’ll find out on Friday, the day Howard decides. His decision is even harder to read because there are no expert forecasts.

But The Wolverine’s EJ Holland reported (subscription required) that Michigan Football will push harder on Koumba Aymeric, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound EDGE from France.

Aymeric visited Michigan Football in June as part of a tour for international players. The Wolverines have done an excellent job of developing overseas talent and the unranked defensive end has elite athletics and would give Michigan plenty of raw ability to work with. Here’s more from 247 Sports:

“The Wolverines were one of the first schools to offer the fascinating 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, who has an impressive 7-foot span and elite athleticism, after a stellar camp performance at Mercer Camp earlier this month. “

The Wolverines have been looking to add a few other pass rushers for development and a push for Aymeric could seal the deal and could be a reaction to missing Thompson as well as possibly both Howard and Acheampong.

Howard and Acheampong could be two big recruiting wins or losses, or the Wolverines could split. A 2-0 would hurt but the way this cycle has gone it wouldn’t be shocking.

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