Michigan has been working with Ohio State for several weeks to fill a recruiting void that has been left by the departures of several top players.
Michigan is expected to sign three-star linebacker Dontrelle Inman, who played at Michigan for five years, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The recruiting effort, which started with recruiting Ohio State cornerback Antonio Callaway in the fall, has now expanded to include defensive linemen in five other states, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah and Texas.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will likely be the one to sign Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 248-pound defensive end from Cleveland who was an offensive tackle at Ohio State from 2012-15.
The Wolverines, which have four other defensive linemen on their roster, are set to sign five more in the coming days.
The program had a top-20 class of players in 2015 and is expected in the Top 25 again this fall.
Wilson will join a defense that is led by sophomore linebacker Jourdan Lewis, who had four sacks as a sophomore last season.
“We have been working on the recruiting side of things, getting all the Ohio State kids to come here and have their eyes set on Michigan and wanting to make sure they’re not taking Michigan out of the picture,” Michigan athletic director David Brandon told the Journal.
Michigan, which has recruited Ohio State five times in the past two years, will likely use its leverage to recruit the Buckeyes more aggressively.
“They’re a very good football team,” Brandon said of the Buckeye players.
“If they want to be on the Michigan team, they’ll have to make the right decision.”
Michigan, however, will have to contend with the presence of Ohio State’s own three-time All-America defensive end Dante Fowler, who was the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year last season and will likely take advantage of a two-year contract extension in 2018.
Ohio St. had the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation last year.