June 23, 2016
ANN ARBOR – Michigan already has one Alabama recruit committed to its 2017 class but the Wolverines may not be done plucking players from the state.
Toryque Bateman, a three-star offensive tackle from Gadsden City High School in Alabama, announced via Twitter Wednesday night that Michigan and Tennessee are leading in his recruitment and he would announce a top eight soon.
At 6-foot-8 and 305 pounds, Bateman is the No. 20 player in Alabama, No. 44 offensive tackle and No. 402 player overall in the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings. He has 18 offers, including Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and Mississippi State, but not one from Alabama.
Bateman was in Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit last weekend when Michigan held camps and hosted some of the top recruits in the nation.
“The visit went very, very well,” Bateman told Scout.com. “I had lots of fun and we toured the campus, the facilities and talked to all of the coaches. I just really hung out during the camp to watch other players. Overall, the visit was an A-plus and my expectations were very high and they did exceed them with flying colors.”
According to Gadsden City coach Matt Scott, Bateman has only scratched the surface of his potential.
“If he’d been as serious about football three years ago as he is now,” Scott told AL.com in May, “he’d be one of the top tackle prospects in the nation.”
Michigan has 15 players committed to its 2017 class, including J’Marick Woods, a three-star safety from Florence, Ala.