Two 2023 recruits begin official midweek visits to Michigan today

Contradictory to what we said on this week’s Future Brew podcast, there is not one, but two recruits the Michigan Wolverines will receive on official midweek visits starting today.

Official midweek visits haven’t been incredibly common for the Wolverines in recent cycles, but they hope to impress a couple of prospects over the next few days in a more individual setting. It’s been a long time since Michigan made a commitment to the 2023 class on March 29, so perhaps one of these two guys could be next.

Let’s talk about these two guys a little more in depth.

Phil Picciotti, three-star LB

The recruit Jon Simmons and I talked about at Future Brew this week, alluding to his official midweek visit, was 2023 three-star linebacker Phil Picciotti. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound hails from Perkasie, Pennsylvania and was thought to be a Penn State-leaning for a while. He maybe he was at one point, but he completely eliminated the Nittany Lions from his main list of schools, a list that includes Michigan, Oklahoma, Auburn and Nebraska.

This visit to Michigan will be his third official visit in June, having already visited Oklahoma on the weekend of June 3 and Nebraska last weekend. He also has an official visit from Auburn scheduled for the weekend of June 24.

The Sooners are the leaders in this draft, as they reportedly pulled the visit out of the park for Picciotti. Michigan will have to do as much, if not more, than Oklahoma did to try to secure a commitment from him. Given that options at linebacker are slim, this is an important visit for Michigan.

Picciotti is the No. 38 linebacker and No. 445 overall prospect at the 247Sports compound.

Nathan Leacock, three-star WR

According to a report by On3’s EJ Holland ($) Monday night, the second official weekday visitor to Ann Arbor as of today is North Carolina’s 2023 three-star wide receiver Nathan Leacock.

It’s a preowned target for Ron Bellamy and company. Leacock was offered in April during the spring testing period. He’s tall (6-foot-3), big (200 pounds), and has the speed to boot, having also run track in high school.

After reading that, you might be wondering, “Why isn’t it ranked higher if it’s big and fast?” Well, Holland noted that one flaw in Leacock’s game is his current inability to run routes. He is reportedly very raw on that aspect of the game and will have to work on it. Of course, this was also a coup for Nico Collins heading to college, and we all know how that turned out.

If that’s the only problem with your game right now, I’d take it and make sure you get it before it’s ready for you to adapt. Being a former receiver, Bellamy can work with him on that aspect of the game, and I’m sure 2023 Michigan wide receiver Semaj Morgan could teach him a thing or two as well.

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