Spring practice rings in official start of the Harbaugh era
Tuesday marked the official beginning of the Jim Harbaugh era for the University of Michigan football program, as spring practice finally kicked off in Ann Arbor. Excitement is at an all-time high for the Wolverines right now and this is a fresh start for all involved.
The coaching staff seems to echo the fact that everyone has a blank slate now and that only opportunities are guaranteed. With recruits set to visit practices leading up to the spring game, it should create a uniquely competitive atmosphere for the prospects in attendance.
Up until now, the message that Harbaugh and staff have been selling to players has been all talk. Now they have their chance to show what their program is all about.
Expect to see several in-state prospects drop by throughout the duration of camp. Desmond Fitzpatrick, a 2016 wide receiver who was recently offered, was in Ann Arbor yesterday and it would seem likely the recently offered Cass Tech contingent of players will be by, too. Most notably, 2016 athlete Michael Onwenu and 2017 wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.
Baker reacts to Michigan offer
Michigan offered 2016 defensive end Willie Baker (Livonia, Louisiana) on Tuesday, which was extended to him by defensive coordinator DJ Durkin.
Baker was contacted by both Durkin and director of player personnel Chris Singletary regarding Michigan's interest in him. Both made it clear that they believe he'd be a good fit at Michigan.
"They really liked that my style of play is what they are looking for in their defense," he said. "They told me they liked they liked me in the classroom too, with me having a 3.0 (GPA). They really think I could fit in at the University of Michigan."
Baker said he does not think he will be able to make it up for a visit any time soon, but that as of now he would like to use one of his official visits to Ann Arbor in the fall.
He is a three-star prospect and the 24th ranked weak-side defensive end in the class of 2016, per the 247 Composite.
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That's it for Wednesday. Check back in with us Friday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news.