Thursday Recruiting Roundup: Johnson, McCarthy and More


Welcome back to this Thursday’s recruiting roundup. This and every Thursday, The Wolverine Lounge will be here to give you all the latest news in Michigan recruiting.

Here’s this week’s installment:

Theo Johnson Talks His Recruitment

2020 4-Star TE Theo Johnson (ON.) was one of the bigger names at the Big House last Saturday for the Wolverines’ matchup with Iowa. He spoke to Evan Petzold of WolverinesWire about his experience and where his recruitment is at this point.

Johnson has narrowed his list down to four schools: Michigan, Iowa, Penn State and Georgia. He is expected to make one more visit to Ann Arbor on Oct. 26th for Michigan’s showdown with Notre Dame.

247Sports’ Composite Rankings list Johnson as the No. 95 overall player in the class, the No. 3 TE, and the top player in Ontario, Canada.

JJ McCarthy Sets High Bar

5-Star QB commit JJ McCarthy (IL.) is the top verbal commit of Michigan’s 2021 class, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing his part to make the Wolverines’ 2020 class as impactful as possible.

McCarthy spoke to The Michigan Insider, saying he wants to make Michigan’s recruiting class the best in the country.

“As a quarterback, you want to do everything in your part to help the program build the class to be one of the best in the country”, McCarthy said. “That’s my goal.”

Keeler Impressed with DL Performance

McCarthy’s Nazareth Academy teammate, Ryan Keeler (IL.) came away from Saturday thoroughly impressed with the performance of the Michigan defensive front.

In the 2021 class, 247Sports ranks Keeler as the No. 532 prospect overall, the No. 32 SDE and the No. 16 player in Illinois.

Position Switch For 2020 4-Star?

Braiden McGregor (MICH.), the 6’6″ 220 pound SDE who commited to the Wolverines back in May, is ranked on 247 as the No. 4 SDE in the nation.

However, in talking about his Michigan visit on Saturday, he expressed that DL coach Shaun Nua and DC Don Brown have spoken to him about playing all four positions on the defensive line and the possibility of playing SAM linebacker.

McGregor is currently ranked as the No. 106 prospect overall in the nation and the No. 2 player in Michigan.

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