A perk of the early December signing period is that programs can focus on a few key recruits to round out their class in the weeks between the end of the season and National Signing Day.

Here are Michigan’s top targets on the offensive side of the ball.

Chris Olave

Olave began making noise only five games into his senior season with 33 catches for 818 yards and 11 touchdowns (via scout.com). But the California native needed to put up big numbers early if he wanted to catch the attention of big time programs as he had to sit out his junior season due to transfer rules.

The four-star wide receiver is deciding between several schools including Ohio State, UCLA, Utah, and Michigan. Olave had to cancel his official visit to Michigan in December for undisclosed reasons, but planned to reschedule the visit for January. Despite having made no official visit to Ann Arbor and still not having one, Michigan is fairly optimistic about its recruitment of the 6-1 receiver.

Ja’Marr Chase

Ever since his decommitment from Florida, the Wolverines have been putting a lot of focus on Chase throughout the recruiting season. Over the course of two months, Chase received an offer from the Wolverines, took an official visit to Michigan, and hosted the Michigan coaching staff in Louisiana for an in-home visit.

At 6-1, 195 pounds, Chase is an extremely athletic receiver similar to Tarik Black but without the height. He also recently made official visits to LSU and Texas Christian University. He also plans to visit Auburn later in January.

There are currently no wide receivers so far in the 2018 class. Five wide receivers were recruited in 2017 with two, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Tarik Black, getting significant playing time. Fellow freshman Nico Collins also saw the field several times.

All 2017 wide receivers, except for one, are taller than Olave and Chase. Coach Jim Harbaugh is most likely looking for a unit of slot receivers as the use of the smaller slot receiver Grant Perry had been successful in past seasons.

Nicholas Petit-Frere 

The five-star offensive tackle’s recruitment is a true mystery. Petit-Frere has shown virtually no indication that he is leaning toward a specific school. All that is known for sure is that Florida, Notre Dame and Michigan are still in the mix.

Petit-Frere currently attends Berkeley Prep High School in Tampa Bay, Florida. Michigan certainly did not sleep on the opportunity to show off their program to the recruit while in Tampa for the Outback Bowl. Harbaugh moved the team’s practices in Tampa to Berkeley Prep.

Jalen Goss 

The three-star offensive tackle took an official visit to Michigan in early December with his high school quarterback Michael Barrett, another three-star Michigan target. Barrett is being looked at by Michigan as an athlete with two quarterbacks already in the 2017 class.

Goss would be a huge addition to the Michigan team. Both literally and figuratively. The offensive lineman is 6-7 and 265 pounds. But he would have to be that big going up against Wisconsin’s and Ohio State’s defensive line.

For Goss, Florida State, Auburn, Miami (FL) and Michigan seem to be the schools in his shortlist.

Jarrett Patterson

The California native was offered by Notre Dame in early January, making Patterson’s decision even harder. Patterson had an official visit to Michigan in early December, followed by an official visit to UCLA. Prior to Notre Dame’s offer, the Wolverines seemed to have an edge over the Bruins, but now the offensive tackle’s choice is still unknown.

Since the loss of offensive tackle commit Emil Ekiyor to Alabama late in October, Michigan has been looking for some offensive lineman to help its struggling offense. There are already two offensive tackles of the 2018 class who have signed, four-star Jalen Mayfield and four-star Ryan Hayes.

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Hi y’all! I am a Southern soul stuck in a Michigan girl’s body. One day I will escape these six month winters. But I have cherished every moment of growing up in Northern Michigan and attending a small high school where the morale of the town varies depending on the weather and how our sports teams are playing. I was raised in the maize and blue worshipping Tom Brady, Bo, and Charles Woodson. Every Fall Saturday began with me, my brothers, and my dad huddled in the living room watching College GameDay. We cheered on Michigan, Alabama (my younger brother is a bandwagoner), and any team playing Ohio State. And Sundays were designated to preventing my dad from having a heart attack while watching the Detroit Lions wait until the fourth quarter to actually play a game. In a nutshell, sports, to me, have always been extremely emotional and that’s why I became a fan.
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Content Creator at Armchair Michigan The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Hi y’all! I am a Southern soul stuck in a Michigan girl’s body. One day I will escape these six month winters. But I have cherished every moment of growing up in Northern Michigan and attending a small high school where the morale of the town varies depending on the weather and how our sports teams are playing. I was raised in the maize and blue worshipping Tom Brady, Bo, and Charles Woodson. Every Fall Saturday began with me, my brothers, and my dad huddled in the living room watching College GameDay. We cheered on Michigan, Alabama (my younger brother is a bandwagoner), and any team playing Ohio State. And Sundays were designated to preventing my dad from having a heart attack while watching the Detroit Lions wait until the fourth quarter to actually play a game. In a nutshell, sports, to me, have always been extremely emotional and that’s why I became a fan.

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