May 3, 2016
ANN ARBOR – Michigan missed out on the nation’s top 2017 weakside defensive end when Joshua Kaindoh committed to Maryland on Saturday.
The Wolverines are still in the running for the top uncommitted strongside defensive end in the country in LaBryan Ray, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound junior from James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala. Ray on Monday night tweeted a top 12 of Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. Ray said the schools were listed in no order and they could change.
Ray is a four-star recruit and the No. 3 strongside defensive end in the nation, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings. The top two players at the position are already verbally committed in A.J. Epenesa (Iowa) and Lagaryonn Carson (Texas).
Ray, who has 28 offers, told AL.com in February that Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Louisville were among the schools that stood out to him, but he’s keeping an open mind. His hometown of Madison was scheduled to be the location of a Michigan satellite camp on June 6 at Bob Jones High School before the controversial practice was banned by the NCAA on April 8. That ban was rescinded on Thursday, but Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose said board of education approval was required before attempting to reschedule the Michigan camp.