While most of the focus is on the current roster headed into Saturday’s showdown with No. 14 Iowa (12:00PM ET, FOX), the coaching staff of the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines has also been doing some work on the recruiting trail.

Possessing a 2020 class with 24 members featuring an average rating of .895 according to the 247Sports Composite, Michigan has fared at least as well as every B1G program except the Ohio State Buckeyes when it comes to recruiting.

One name the staff would very much like to add to this class is expected to be in attendance for the battle with the Hawkeyes: four-star tight end Theo Johnson.

A Canadian – he hails from Windsor, Ontario – with great size at 6-foot-6, 240-pounds, Johnson also flashed impressive speed by running the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at The Opening Finals in early-July. This time was fastest among all prospects at 220-plus pounds.

Primarily playing wide receiver for Holy Names High School, Johnson’s blocking is still a work in progress. On the plus side, this experience playing out wide also gives him the unique versatility of being able to line up attached to the formation, in the slot or outside the numbers.

Previously announcing a top-four consisting of Georgia, Iowa, Penn State and Michigan, the Wolverines originally offered Johnson on January 9. The Nittany Lions appear to be Michigan’s strongest competition for the Canadian; ironically, Johnson is taking his official visit to State College for the October 19 game between Michigan and Penn State.

It is worth mentioning, however, the Alabama Crimson Tide remain on the fringes of the race. Offering Johnson on May 17, the Tide could host him for their SEC West bout with No. 5 LSU on November 9, according to The Michigan Insider.

Having already taken multiple trips to Ann Arbor, Saturday is going to be another unofficial visit for Johnson. His official is scheduled to occur on October 26 for the Notre Dame game.

With college football’s early signing period set to begin on December 18, it is understandable that Michigan has the 2020 prospect on the front burner. That being said, the staff has been making waves with a 2021 recruit, too: Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI) three-star offensive tackle Caleb Tiernan.

Sprouting into one of the state’s top offensive line prospects, Tiernan spoke with The Michigan Insider (subscription required) about recent developments in his recruitment.

“I had a lot more coaches hit me up than I was expecting,” Tiernan began. “I had coaches from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Purdue and a lot more contact me. It was pretty cool.”

The Wolverines offered Tiernan on June 20, and currently hold all four of his “Crystal Ball” predictions on 247Sports. As was the case with many of the linemen Michigan landed in the 2019 class, offensive line coach Ed Warinner has been vital in the pursuit of the 6-foot-7, 265-pounder.

“I text pretty regularly with Coach Warinner,” Tiernan shared.

“My relationship with him is really good. I love him. I feel like he really cares about his players. He really cares about doing his job right. It’s amazing. He’s just a great guy.”

Tiernan was on-campus for Michigan’s double-overtime victory over Army on September 7. He plans to see another game this season, too.

Michigan currently has two verbal commits in the 2021 cycle, including one other offensive tackle: Stevenson (Sterling Heights, MI) four-star Giovanni El-Hadi.