Michigan recruits Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal all expected to sign NLIs this week
ANN ARBOR -- John Beilein should have all three members of his 2013 recruiting class signed and sealed by the end of the week.
The Michigan basketball program is expecting national letters of intent from four-star prospects Derrick Walton, Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal this week, with the early signing period beginning Wednesday.
Both Donnal and Irvin told MLive.com on Tuesday that they plan to sign their letters during ceremonies at their respective high schools Wednesday.
Irvin is expected to sign at 10:45 a.m., while Donnal will put pen to paper at 3:30 p.m.
Walton's father, Derrick Walton Sr., said his son doesn't plan on making things official Wednesday -- but does have plans to sign by the end of the week.
ESPN.com currently rates Michigan's three-man class as the eighth-best crop in America.
Irvin, a 6-foot-6 win from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School, is currently the highest-rated prospect among the three, according to Rivals.com. Rivals rates Irvin as the 34th-best player in the 2013 class. He's a former prep teammate of current Michigan State freshman Gary Harris, and could possibly be in the running for Indiana's Mr. Basketball this season.
Walton, a 6-foot point guard from Chandler Park Academy, is rated at No. 47 in Rivals' Top 150 for 2013 -- and could be the eventual heir apparent to current point guard Trey Burke, depending on how long the sophomore floor leader stays in Ann Arbor.
Donnal, meanwhile, is the lone big man in the class. A 6-foot-9 forward from Anthony Wayne (Ohio) High School, Donnal comes in at No. 107 in Rivals' Top 150.
Beilein cannot comment publicly on any player until Michigan officially receives his letter.
All three players committed to play at Michigan in 2011.