Michigan takes the field for the Saturday football matchup against Michigan State at the Big House in Ann Arbor. Michigan State won, 14-10. BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s primetime game Saturday against Michigan State included a huge visitor list.
Some of the nation’s top recruits were in Michigan Stadium, and despite the loss to the Spartans, the Wolverines’ recruiting future is bright. One visitor in particular drew plenty of attention: Amon-Ra St. Brown.
St. Brown, the nation’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver, comes from a family with prodigious talent. Both of his brothers play college football — one at Stanford and the other at Notre Dame — and Amon-Ra is tabbed as the best in the family.
According to 247Sports, St. Brown had a positive visit and enjoyed the atmosphere. The Santa Ana, Calif., native is believed to be leaning toward USC and Notre Dame.
“There is always a chance in recruiting,” said Allen Trieu, a recruiting analyst for Scout. “I think Michigan has pulled enough rabbits out of their hat recently that I would never call a pursuit unrealistic, especially if a kid is willing to visit. At some point, we may have said Aubrey Solomon was unrealistic or Kareem Walker or Devin Asiasi and so forth. So I think this staff has stayed on kids and turned the tide in the past. They would have to do that again with St. Brown, but the visit gives them the opportunity to do so.”
“I tend to think that St. Brown stays out west, but Michigan fits the academic profile that he is looking for,” said Marc Givler, a recruiting analyst for Rivals. “Anytime you get a kid on campus, you have a chance to make a big impression even if you are playing from behind.”