The Michigan Wolverines' current football team has a rivalry game against the Michigan State Spartans to concern itself with this Saturday, but the coaching staff will be focusing some of their attention on 5-star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va.), 4-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.) and several other visiting prospects.
Although Green trimmed his list to six finalists back in August, the Wolverines, Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers appear to be the three schools duking it out for his services.
Tennessee and Auburn have struggled mightily so far this year, and no one really knows for sure if either of their head coaches will be retained come season's end, which makes this a pivotal weekend for the Wolverines if they hope to eventually secure a commitment from Green.
Green will be an official visitor this Saturday and Michigan had the Virginia native thinking about making a verbal pledge earlier this summer, though since then things appear to have leveled back out in his recruitment with the exception of the aforementioned factors.
On the other hand, Treadwell will be on an unofficial visit to the Big House for Michigan's in-state showdown against the Spartans.
The Wolverines were Treadwell's top school for close to a year, but multiple schools have made up ground in the recruiting battle for the nation's No. 23-ranked overall prospect and No. 1-rated wide receiver.
Treadwell recently narrowed his list of suitors down to five finalists, and, like Green, is expected to take his recruitment well into the winter before making a decision.
Michigan made Treadwell's latest cut along with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oklahoma Sooners, Ole Miss Rebels and Michigan State.
In case the Wolverines happen to miss out on Treadwell, the coaching staff has already begun laying ground work with unranked wideout prospect Da'Mario Jones (Westland, Mich.), who is currently a Central Michigan Chippewas commit.
Jones will be an unofficial visitor and does not have an offer from the Wolverines at the moment, but if Treadwell opts to take his services elsewhere, expect Michigan to give Jones a scholarship and attempt to steal the John Glenn High School standout from the Chippewas.
As far as the class of 2014 prospects go, only offensive lineman Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), safety Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa.), cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich.) and Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, Ohio) have earned a Michigan offer.
Other highly sought-after prospects visiting this weekend are wideout Dominique Booth (Indianapolis, Ind.), tight end Chance Sorrell (Middletown, Ohio), offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio) and Cole's teammate Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla.).
None of the class of 2013 and 2014 recruits who will be in town to watch the Wolverines battle their in-state rival are expected to commit by the end of the weekend, but a large group of current Michigan commits will be in their ears constantly.
Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Shane Morris has been Michigan's top recruit since he committed last summer and will be on campus this weekend along with 14 other prospects currently in the Wolverines' No. 3-ranked 2013 recruiting class.
This is an important weekend for the Wolverines on and off the field to say the least.