John Beilein and his coaching staff made frequent stops in Dallas last weekend to check in on two of Michigan’s top targets in the class of 2018 in Robby Carmody and Jerome Hunter.
Carmody, a four-star shooting guard from Mars, PA, and Hunter, a four-star wing from Pickerington, OH, were both at the adidas Gauntlet in Dallas over the weekend.
Carmody, offered in August last summer, said he plans on cutting his list down after the next two live periods. He’ll trim things down to ten, and then to five, “most likely after July.”
Notre Dame and Purdue stopped by for in-home visits before the evaluation period and he also listed Michigan, Syracuse and Butler as schools that have been recruiting him the hardest.
New Indiana head coach Archie Miller has a personal connection that Carmody admits gives the Hoosiers “a little bit of an edge” and has jumped into the mix.
“I was talking to them a little bit before, and then once Archie got there it started to pick up a little bit just because I’ve known him my whole life,” Carmody explained. “He’s from around my area. Good friends with his dad, work out all the time, so it’s a good connection.
“He knows what he’s talking about. He’s just a really good people person, fun to be around, and he really has a great head for the game. I think he’s going to do great things at Indiana.”
Hunter, the No. 104 player in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, said he has been hearing from a lot of schools — so many, in fact, that he didn’t want to list them in case he forgot any.
The Wolverines, who offered him in Aug. 2016, are one of the schools in hot pursuit.
“They’ve been recruiting me hard,” Hunter said. “It’s the same thing: They want me bad, to play the guard spot.”
Hunter didn’t seem like he was in any rush to make a decision or narrow things down and he doesn’t have any other visits planned.
“I’m open to going anywhere,” he said. “I’m just looking for the right fit. Academics, the coaching style, the players, who I’m going to be playing with.”