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Harris, McDowell Headline Visitors

This weekend, Michigan is hosting a lot of repeat visitors from previous weekends, but it's still big nonetheless. With return visits slated for top targets Malik McDowell and Drake Harris headlining, the bulk of this weekend will revolve around the coaching staff continuing to develop relationships with players they have had at the top of their board for months.

Huber Heights, OH safety Tyree Kinnel will visit this weekend. He has claimed Michigan as a favorite and is a 2015 name to watch going forward.

WR Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, MI/Christian): As everyone is well aware, this is Harris's third weekend in a row visiting Ann Arbor as the Wolverines continue to make a strong push up his list. He's committed to Michigan State for now, but it's difficult to imagine a scenario where that stays the case in the long run at this point. Whether Michigan is actually in front has been a matter of debate, but I believe they've put themselves in about as good a position as they possibly could have at this point. With Devin Gardner as his possible quarterback in 2014, the positives keep coming in this recruitment.

Best Case: Michigan continues to build momentum and implants an impression on his mind that he doesn't forget going forward.
Worst Case: Harris uses the last three visits to see what he wants to see, but doesn't get blown away.

Malik McDowell (Detroit, MI/Loyola): McDowell is another frequent visitor, making his second trip in three weeks. His recruitment has been covered multiple times a week, so there's not a lot to go in depth about with him. Michigan and Notre Dame continue to look like the leaders with Michigan State as the likely third place team. He got a taste of the educational opportunities Michigan provides on his last visit, and I expect the coaches will pitch it again. Don't expect him to name a leader after this visit, however.

Best Case: Michigan shows enough academically to convince him it's a place he can succeed both on and off the field.
Worst Case: Status quo.

OL Tommy Doles (Grand Rapids, MI/Christian): Doles has visited Michigan now six times since his recruitment began and has not visited another school more than once. They are likely still a strong leader, but Mark and I were both told that he really liked his visit at Northwestern a lot last weekend and that they may actually become a contender in his recruitment. Remember, Doles is a very academic-oriented recruit, so seeing him like Northwestern should not be a surprise. Still, Michigan looks to be in a good position with him and this visit will most likely continue to be a building of the relationship between he and the coaches.

Best Case: Michigan strengthens their lead.
Worst Case: Things stagnate.

CB Jalen Embry (Detroit, MI/King): Embry has been one of the hotter names related to Michigan in the last couple weeks. There's a growing belief that the Wolverines may eventually offer Embry, and if they do, he's a potential commit-on-the-spot candidate. This is a big visit for him and the coaching staff as Michigan coaches will likely clarify their situation with him so he knows how things are going to go going forward.

Best Case: Embry and Michigan leave on the same page and he feels better about a potential future offer. I don't believe he will get offered this weekend, but it's likely coming at some point.
Worst Case: Things are still up in the air and he leaves unhappy.

2015 DB Tyree Kinnel (Huber Heights, OH/Wayne): I look at Kinnel much in the same light I do Shaun Crawford; both are highly talented regional players that Michigan will almost certainly offer sometime in the near future, but now is not that time. Michigan has been recruiting Kinnel for quite a while now, and Michigan is his favorite school. He's a player I feel comfortable speculating will be part of the 2015 class provided his progression on the field continues. He's very excited to make this visit.

Best Case: He leaves loving the atmosphere and campus, emboldening his early love for Michigan.
Worst Case: I don't foresee a bad visit in this situation.

2015 DL Joshua Alabi (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech): Alabi is another return visitor from last weekend who has been to Ann Arbor multiple times now. Being only a sophomore with an offer, there's a really long ways to go with the talented defensive end, who will see plenty of offers from some big time schools in the end. This weekend is another opportunity to continue to build the relationship.

Best Case: Michigan wins, Alabi enjoys himself.
Worst Case: I don't foresee a bad visit in this situation.

Late additions to visitors' list: 2014 DE Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, MI/Southfield), 2015 RB Mike Weber (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech)

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