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Michigan football recruiting has a huge opportunity with four-star safety this weekend

Michigan football recruiting needs to bring its A-game when dealing with this major four-star target from California.



Michigan football recruiting, official visit, Marquis Gallegos
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This weekend marks the beginning of official visits for Michigan football recruiting, a crucial time for Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff. Four official visitors, including four-star California safety Marquis Gallegos, are scheduled for June 2nd-4th. Gallegos is a highly sought-after prospect by several prominent PAC-12 programs, making this visit an important opportunity for the Wolverines to make their case. Although currently trailing behind Oregon, USC, and others in the Recruiting Prediction Machine, Michigan has a chance to change the narrative with this weekend’s visit.

Michigan football recruiting looking to make a splash during official visit season

The 2024 Michigan football recruiting class stands out for its exceptional qualities, particularly the strong bond already formed among its members. With 17 hard commits, Michigan boasts the largest class and currently holds the second rank nationally. These committed players are united in their pursuit of a national championship and have been vocal about their ambitious aspirations in the Maize and Blue.

Joining a class like this holds great appeal for top-tier recruits such as Marquis Gallegos, who hails from California and plays as a safety. Being enveloped by the Maize and Blue atmosphere during an official visit to Ann Arbor can further enhance this appeal.

This weekend presents a significant opportunity for Michigan football to reverse its fortunes and emerge as a top contender in Gallegos’ recruitment, provided the coaching staff executes their strategy effectively.

A possible turning point with Marquis Gallegos

Presently, Michigan is viewed as the fourth-ranked contender in the race to secure Marquis Gallegos, trailing behind USC, Oregon, and Notre Dame according to the ON3 Recruiting Prediction Machine. However, this upcoming visit will be Gallegos’ second time in Ann Arbor, and the extended weekend trip could significantly strengthen Michigan’s position as a frontrunner.

Marquis Gallegos, a four-star safety from Chaminade High School in California, is highly regarded in the industry rankings. He holds the national rank of 223, is positioned at number 18 among safeties, and is ranked 17th among all recruits in the state of California. Although the journey to Ann Arbor, MI may be lengthy, it presents a mutually beneficial opportunity for all parties involved. Needless to say, a successful visit this weekend could be a monumental achievement for Michigan football recruiting.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.