Michigan rolls out red carpet for Shea Patterson, others as push to early-signing period heats up

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Weekend visitors

There are 12 days remaining before the new early-signing period for football begins, a 72-hour window spanning Dec. 20-22 in which schools and players can end the recruiting process and formalize their relationships.

The push is on like never before in Decembers past. It used to be coaching staffs still had two months to work on players, but this new early period has heightened situations. Once players are signed this month, programs will have a more accurate assessment of what they have left to do before National Signing Day on Feb. 7.

Michigan is hosting several players this weekend, most notably potential Mississippi transfers Shea Patterson, Deontay Anderson and Van Jefferson. Three players who already have committed to Michigan for the 2018 class are also expected on campus this weekend: running back Christian Turner, offensive tackle Jalen Mayfield and tight end Luke Schoonmaker.

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Michigan will also host players for visits next weekend. Defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, another 2018 commit, is expected to take his official visit then, along with wide receiver Chris Olave of San Marcos, Calif., and safety Jamien Sherwood of Jensen Beach, Fla., according to a report by 247Sports’ Steve Lorenz.

Here’s a look at players known to be visiting Michigan this weekend:

  • RB Christian Turner (commit) — Told Land of 10 this week he plans on signing in December but will not enroll early.
  • OT Jalen Mayfield (commit) — More on Mayfield below.
  • TE Luke Schoonmaker (commit) — An up-and-coming prospect from New England.
  • OT Jarrett Patterson — Committed to Arizona State but appears ready to flip to either Michigan or UCLA.
  • QB Shea Patterson (transfer) — The big name topic of the week. A former 5-star recruit Michigan is pursuing hard.
  • S Deontay Anderson (transfer) — One of three Ole Miss teammates looking to leave a program hit with NCAA sanctions.
  • WR Van Jefferson (transfer) — See above.
  • ATH Michael Barrett — Played quarterback in high school in Lowdnes, Ga.
  • OT Jalen Goss — Barrett’s high school teammate who recruiting analysts believe has a high upside.

Bryan Addison to announce commitment Sunday

The nation’s top-ranked athlete plans to let everyone know which school he is choosing Sunday. Bryan Addison of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra has Michigan, Georgia, Arizona State, Nebraska and UCLA as his final five contenders. Addison is 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, and played safety in high school. He is taking an official visit to UCLA this weekend, and speculation among recruiting analyst is that’s where he will end up. Addison visited Michigan on Sept. 9, when the Wolverines beat Cincinnati in their home opener.

Postponed state championship

The blast of winter weather that swept through the South on Friday caused the postponement of four Georgia High School Association championship games, including the Class AAAAAA game featuring Lee County and 2018 Michigan commit Otis Reese.

The games were to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the NFL Falcons, but they will now be played next weekend on various school campuses. Lee County (13-1) will host Coffee (10-3), a team it beat 23-7 in the final game of the regular season to win its regional championship.

Dream Team

The annual Michigan Dream Team was announced Friday by the Detroit News. The Dream Team is comprised of the best players from across the state, regardless of division.

Three 2018 Michigan commits are part of the Dream Team: Mayfield of Grand Rapids Catholic Central, offensive tackle Ryan Hayes of Traverse City West, and defensive end Aidan Hutchinson of Dearborn Divine Child. Hayes was named to the team as a defensive lineman, although he was major part of West’s offense as a tight end who could split out as a receiver. He eventually is expected to be moved to offensive tackle when he gets to Ann Arbor.

Several other players Michigan is targeting in the 2019 class are also on the all-star squad, including Detroit Cass Tech safety Marvin Grant and Belleville offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs.

The Dream Team members will be honored at a banquet sponsored by the National Football Foundation Michigan Chapter Sunday at the Dearborn Inn.

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