With much of its 2019 class locked up, Michigan football is focusing on 2020 and two of the best wide receivers are already considering the Wolverines.
When it comes to recruiting the work is never done and on the trail this week, Michigan football got some promising news from two talented 2020 wide receivers.
Christmas is usually a time to open presents, watch old movies and spend with family and friends, but these 2020 recruits also used the holiday to announce some of their top schools.
The first wide receiver we will look at is five-star Julian Fleming, who put Michigan football in his top 10 when he tweeted it on Christmas Day. Fleming also included Penn State, Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech, LSU, Clemson, Florida and USC.
TOP 10 pic.twitter.com/Ap29y3pMLh
— 🃏0J4🃏 (@julian_040) December 25, 2018
Fleming is 6-foot-3 and comes out of California. He’s the top wideout in 2020 and the No. 3 player overall. Right now, Penn State holds 83 percent of his crystal ball predictions, while Ohio State is second at 17 percent.
While Fleming is one promising target of the Wolverines, another that much be a more likely target to commit is four-star 2020 wide receiver Jadon Thompson, who announced that Michigan football was among his top six with Illinois, Missouri, Purdue, Michigan State and Minnesota.
Merry Christmas 🖤 pic.twitter.com/LN2TbXc9rg
— Jadon Thompson1️⃣ (@Jay_Thompson5) December 25, 2018
Thompson is a 6-foot-2, 160-pound wide receiver from Illinois and you can get a feel for his midwestern preference when you look at all the finalists. However, when you look at the competition it would seem like the Wolverines have a much better chance of landing him than Fleming.
It’s still early in the process. But there are strong indications that Fleming prefers Penn State. Thompson, on the other hand, doesn’t have any crystal ball predictions. The Wolverines are also the only true elite football power among the other favorites for Thompson, which should give them an advantage.
The Wolverines offered Thompson back in May and we will see if he takes an official visit to Ann Arbor, but unless he decides to play in his home state, it’s hard to see how he would choose any of those schools over Michigan, unless he is worried about the wide receiver depth chart and not getting to play.
Either way, it will be worth watching both Thompson and Fleming. The Wolverines will certainly try to make some ground up on Fleming, one of the top prospects in 2020, but if not, Thompson could be a very nice consolation prize.