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Five upcoming official visits that Michigan football needs to capitalize on

As the summer months approach, recruits make their lists of the schools they will officially attend while pondering their college choices.

Here are five prospects who will be officially visiting Ann Arbor in June. The Michigan Wolverines could impress to improve their chances down the recruiting path.

Collins Achampong

Four Star DE, Fairmount Prep Academy (attended 10 June)

Acheampong is an up-and-coming defensive end from the West Coast (Anaheim, CA) with Mike Elston, Jesse Minter and the Michigan coaching staff building a lot of momentum over the past few months. In late April, Acheampong listed Michigan among its top six schools after making an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor in March.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder spoke highly of Michigan when speaking to 247Sports recently, but said he’s looking forward to spending more time with the coaching staff this time around.

When Acheampong announced his top schools, he also set a commitment date for July 1st. With June 10th being his official visit to Michigan, it will give the Wolverines a chance to forcefully persuade him to leave the West Coast.

UCLA and Washington are also expected to receive official visits from Acheampong. Washington Tight Ends coach Nick Sheridan, an ex-Michigan quarterback, is the primary recruiter for the Huskies in this instance, making for a unique fight.

A multi-athlete in high school, Acheampong plays on both sides of the ball on his high school football team, but Michigan recruits him as a defensive end. He is the 309th prospect in the class and the 22nd player in the state of California.

Phil Picciotti

Three Star LB, Pennridge (visited 14 June)

Picciotti surprised many people when the 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker from Perkasie, PA left Penn State from his last four top schools. However, Michigan made it along with Oklahoma, Nebraska and Auburn. While Picciotti will make his official visit to Ann Arbor on June 14 and will officially visit all the schools that have made his final cut.

In March, Picciotti made his first unofficial visit to Michigan and told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn that the trip left a positive impression on him.

“They are a very solid team and they train very hard,” said Picciotti. “Coach Harbaugh is a really good guy to talk to. When I was there we talked for a while, my parents and I. Their linebackers are really good.”

Between the four schools, Michigan will be Picciotti’s third official visit, after Oklahoma and Nebraska, and is scheduled to arrive 10 days before his Auburn visit.

Dohn recently used a crystal ball for Picciotti to land in Oklahoma, while two other writers also land him in a Sooner. But perhaps the Wolverines can make a strong impression when Picciotti visits Ann Arbor in June and give one final nudge to convince him to join the group.

Picciotti is the No. 383 player in the class of 2023, the No. 34 linebacker in the class, and the eighth player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Deakon Tonielli and Jaxon Howard

Three Star TE, Oswego (visited 15 June)
Four Star TE, Robbinsdale Cooper (visited 17 June)

After losing former tight end conscript Andrew Rappleyea to Penn State, the Wolverines are looking to fill that spot by attempting to land a pair in the 2023 class. While the depth of the current roster is good and Michigan have other goals as well, it seems like the Wolverines are likely to emerge as front runners if mutual interest continues to be shown.

Tonielli has visited Ann Arbor multiple times — one during the Ohio State game last November and the other in mid-March — and has gushed about his experiences. He is ranked No. 462 in class, No. 25 in tight end, and No. 8 in Illinois state.

Howard is a high-end prospect and will be visiting two days after Tonielli, although landing him might be more difficult in the long run. He’s had an offer from Michigan since May 2020, and the good news is that Michigan has been gaining momentum a lot lately with the 6-foot-4, 245-pounder.

Howard recently narrowed his list down to four schools, including Michigan, Minnesota, Miami (FL) and LSU, and will officially visit all four in June.

According to the composite, Howard is the 87th prospect in the Class of 2023 and the highest-ranking recruit in the state of Minnesota.

cayden green

Four-Star Orienteering, Lee’s Summit North (visited June 17)

Offensive line coach Sherrone Moore has long made an impression on Green, and he has done so since tight ends coach Grant Newsome was brought on the staff. That combination has left Michigan in the mix to finish green despite having three Crystal Ball projections to Oklahoma.

When Green made his first unofficial visit to Ann Arbor in January, he told On3’s Tim Verghese he loved the trip ($).

“It was probably my favorite place so far,” Green said. “Atmosphere was pretty cool. I really enjoy Coach Moore. He seems like a very authentic guy. From what I’ve heard he seems to train hard but you can tell it’s for love. And then Coach Harbaugh, I enjoyed him.

Green’s other official visits he has planned include a trip to Nebraska on May 20 and a visit to Oklahoma on June 3. As things stand, the Wolverines have one last chance to make a good impression.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder (Lees Summit, Mo.) is ranked 63rd in the 2023 class and No. 6 overall in offensive tackle.

Joseph Mupoyi

Three Star EDGE, Archbishop Carroll (June 17 visit)

Mupoyi is an edge rusher that has long been on Michigan’s radar as the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder has plenty of room for growth and a high ceiling.

Michigan coaches visited him at his high school in Washington, D.C. for the first two weeks of the spring evaluation period, and Mupoyi last visited Ann Arbor during the spring game.

The weekend of June 17 is a busy year for Michigan football official visits, but Mupoyi’s visit could be one that seals the deal for Mike Elson and company to bring him to Ann Arbor. If Michigan gets a commitment from Mupoyi in the near future, it would be interesting to see if they’ve garnered further interest from Nyckoles Harbor, a teammate of Mupoyi.

Mupoyi currently ranks No. 885 of all prospects in the Class of 2023 and the sixth-ranked recruit in DC.

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