Although they’ve been on campus multiple times, Camden (N.J.) High School teammates Brad Hawkins and Ron Johnson have something significant in common: neither has seen a game in Michigan Stadium. They’ll rectify that situation this weekend, when they see U-M take on undefeated Northwestern (3:30 p.m. Saturday, BTN).
Johnson is the higher-ranked of the pair of U-M commitments, a 6-foot-3, 221-pounder who is the No. 10 weakside defensive end and No. 222 overall prospect in the nation, according to rivals.com. He’s ranked No. 6 in New Jersey.
Johnson says he’s ready for the experience of being in Michigan Stadium. He committed during his most recent trip to U-M, on June 25.
“I know the team’s going to fight,” Johnson said. “I’ve been watching them. Michigan’s season is going well.”
Hawkins isn’t ranked far behind his teammate, just two positions in the national rankings and immediately behind him in the state of New Jersey. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder is the No. 50 wide receiver in the nation. He’s looking to see one particular Wolverine do well, before potentially following in his footsteps.
“I want to see a show,” Hawkins said. “I want to see the team do well, and want to see (Amara) Darboh, the receiver, want to see him doing well.”
4-star receiver Brad Hawkins commits to U-M
The duo will be making an unofficial visit, along with high school coach Dwayne Savage. And they won’t be the only big-time recruits in Michigan Stadium on Saturday. Three-star defensive ends Levi Onwuzurike of Allen (Texas) High and Quayshon Alexander from Wayne (N.J.) DePaul are set for official visits. Alexander is a soft commitment to Nebraska, while Onwuzurike boasts scholarship offers from Baylor, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Oregon and several others.
A number of in-state prospects also will be in attendance, including one of the top 2017 players in Michigan, St. Joseph defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher. Should the Wolverines knock off the Wildcats, plenty of recruits will have the chance to see U-M approach the top 15 in the national rankings.
Tim Sullivan is the football recruiting editor of The Wolverine magazine and thewolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @tims_wolverine.