Michigan commit shares insights into his bond with fellow commits and the Michigan coaching staff ahead of their official visit in June.

Recently, Michigan has been actively expanding its recruiting department in Ann Arbor, bringing in new staff members to scout potential Wolverines nationwide. Despite these efforts, Michigan has already secured commitments from several players in the 2025 cycle, including two talented prospects from Michigan: three-star defensive lineman Bobby Kanka from Howell and offensive lineman Avery Gach from Franklin (Mich.) Wylie E Groves.

Kanka was the first to commit to Michigan’s ’25 class last August, while Gach is the most recent addition to the Wolverines. Despite their different timelines, both players share a strong affinity for Michigan and have developed a close bond over the past few months. Additionally, Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot quarterback Carter Smith is also part of their circle, according to Kanka.

“I’ve grown closer to Carter and Avery,” Kanka told Wolverine Digest. “They’re both genuine and good guys, and I can relate to them on various levels, especially Avery.”

Coming from Michigan, Kanka and Gach have much in common, including the possibility of facing each other during practice at the next level. They both see Michigan as an excellent place to develop both athletically and academically.

“What impressed me most about Michigan was the opportunity to play top-tier football and graduate from one of the best universities in the country at the same time,” Kanka said.

Kanka, Gach, and Smith are scheduled to take official visits to Michigan on June 21, providing them with a chance to interact more directly with the coaching staff. Alongside them will be Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick four-star defensive lineman Nate Marshall and Alcoa (Tenn.) three-star tight end Eli Owens.

“The relationships with the new staff are just beginning,” Kanka said. “But I’m excited to develop them over time.”

Although Kanka initially committed to Michigan under Jim Harbaugh’s leadership, the transition to Sherrone Moore as head coach has maintained a level of continuity. The official visit weekend presents an ideal opportunity for these Michigan commits to bond with each other and their future coaches on campus.

“I believe that’s the weekend all the commits are planning to attend,” Kanka said.

Having grown up in a Michigan household, Kanka has had a productive offseason as he prepares for his senior campaign at Howell.

“The offseason has been going great,” Kanka said. “I’m heavier, more athletic, and stronger than last year.”

These improvements bode ill for opposing offensive lines, as Kanka recorded 17 tackles for loss and eight sacks in just five and a half games last season. With the hope of a full senior season ahead and an enhanced physical profile, Kanka is determined to surpass his achievements from the 2023 season.