Camping In California
There is probably no one on earth better suited to reach into California and sing the praises of Michigan football than Jim Harbaugh, but the 2015 class was stitched up on the fly and the 2016 class centered on New Jersey and Rashan Gary. Hold onto your hats, though:
Newest U-M satellite camp: June 25 at Los Angeles Hawkins https://t.co/Zpzy5LGEKv— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) May 4, 2016
This will be big. For all the talk of 'invading the south' with Harbaugh's satellite camps, establishing a presence in California could be a boon for years to come. There are two other camps planned in California as well - one at Norco High School (where Vic Viramontes played), and another at Oceanside.
As noted above, Antioch High is where Alabama commit and five-star running back Najee Harris plays football, and Augustus Hawkins is home to 2017 five-star receiver Joseph Lewis, 2018 five-star receiver Jalen Hall, 2017 four-star athlete Greg Johnson (currently pledged to Arizona), and 2018 four-star cornerback Aashari Crosswell. Hall, Lewis and Crosswell all visited Ann Arbor a few weeks ago. Steve Lorenz of 247 has said both five-star receivers were very impressed by that visit, and Lewis in particular is likely to take an official visit this fall.
UCLA Commit Is High On The Wolverines
Hunter Echols, a 6'4", 220-pound four-star defensive end, admitted to Sam Webb that he is a life-long Michigan fan and will want to make a couple trips over to Ann Arbor ($). Echols is a Los Angeles native but says distance is actually a positive for Michigan.
"(I grew up) just watching those Michigan games on ESPN," he said. "I'm a student of football, watching football highlights all the time. When I'm not doing homework I'm watching football, trying to get better. Just growing up as a kid watching Michigan and hearing my dad talk about guys like Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, Tom Brady, just a lot of stories and a whole bunch of stuff about Michigan and the alumni and what it could do for you after football. One of the best alumni (bases) in the world."
Echols has offers from 28 schools, including USC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Miami and Baylor.
Nico Collins Visiting Campus This Weekend
Michigan will be getting a visit this weekend from the #83-ranked player in the country, 2017 WR Nico Collins (Pinson, Alabama). Collins has said that Michigan stands out for him ($), and his father is apparently a fan. However, all of his Crystal Balls currently point to Alabama. This will be Collins' second time on campus.
There are going to be a lot of elite programs fighting for Collins' services, Alabama among them. Collins is a 6'5", 193-pound player with tremendous strength and pinpoint body control. This is a very hyped statement, but the first person I thought of when I watched his highlight film was Rob Gronkowski. You be the judge.
Michigan Offers Unranked Texas Receiver
The Wolverines' most recent commit, LB/FB Ben Mason, received his offer only three weeks before committing. Sometimes, recruiting moves fast. Well, Brice Marich of Scout.com has reported that Michigan just offered a zero-star 2017 wide receiver out of Waxahachie, Texas, Kenedy Snell (population of Waxahachie: 32,000). Snell, who is 5'8", 167 pounds, has offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Michigan. That's it. And Michigan leads Louisiana-Monroe.
Snell is pretty fast, by the way.
#1 Recruit In New Jersey Loves U-M, Clemson
247Sports' national analyst Steve Wiltfong spoke to Drew Singleton this week, and the four-star linebacker out of Paramus Catholic talked about Michigan, Clemson, and his summer plans ($). Here was a snippet of what he had to say.
"Coach Harbaugh is a really relaxed guy. I was laying on the couch one day watching the NFC Championship game with him. He's a really down-to-earth guy. I was looking at the TV and talking to Coach Harbaugh and thought to myself I'm sitting here with one of the greatest coaches in history, just sitting on the couch watching the game. It was really great."
Singleton was equally effusive about Clemson, and plans to see a lot more schools this summer.
More Love From Paramus Catholic
Corey Bolds, a defensive tackle standing at 6'3" and 276 pounds, is a teammate of Drew Singleton. The soon-to-be senior sat down with Bleacher Report this week to talk about his recruiting.
"I learned a lot from Rashan watching him be the guy who offenses game-planned around," Bolds told Bleacher Report. "He never let all the pressure get to him, on the field and with his recruitment. I saw how he handled it and now I need to go handle things the same way."
I'd encourage reading the full interview, which is totally free - a lot of interesting quotes from the young man. Also, here's a relevant Vine.
Steve Lorenz of 247Sports had this to say about Michigan's defensive tackle recruiting ($): "The defensive tackle board for the Michigan staff is basically beyond wide open at this point. The last two weeks, the coaching staff has seen nearly every offer on their board."
Michigan had heavily pursued five-star 2017 DT Marvin Wilson (Bellaire, TX) earlier in the cycle, but Wilson seems like he's going to stay down south. The staff is currently exploring its other options; defensive tackle is an important position for them to address with the 2017 class, and their emphasis on it in April and May is evidence of that.
Isaiah Wilson Interview
Mike Farrell talked to five-star '17 offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson (Brooklyn, NY), who broke down his top six.
Nobody needs to be reminded about Michigan's offensive tackle depth chart, but a silver lining could be getting an elite talent like Isaiah Wilson in the fold.
Emerging Safety Intrigued By U-M Offer
For those who are still getting the ins and outs of the 2017 cycle, get used to juggling it alongside the 2018 recruiting cycle, too. Harbaugh & Co. have been busy getting a jump start on 2018, and they have two commits (both blue-chips, one of them a five-star) to prove it.
Michigan managed to be the first major offer for four-star safety Otis Reese out of Leesburg, Georgia, and the junior high schooler is attracted by a number of things about Michigan ($). Not lacking in confidence, he believes he can be the next Jabrill Peppers.
"I think I can do what Jabrill Peppers does on defense, where they can play him at cornerback and play him at safety in certain packages," he said. "I don't think people realize I can play cornerback really well because of my size, but I have the agility and quickness to cover wide receivers on the edge too. I'm hoping that's how I am used by whichever school I eventually play for."
Reese isn't the only recruit who looks up to Jabrill. Another 2018 athlete, Isaiah Bolden (Jacksonville, FL), said that Peppers is one of the reasons he likes Michigan ($). Isaiah's stepdad is from Saginaw, and he might make it up to Michigan on a June trip. Bolden also has offers from Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, and Miami.
Talking Keondre Coburn
Let's stick with 2018 defenders for a quick second. Keondre Coburn spoke recently to 247Sports ($) and had a lot of good things to say about Harbaugh. Apparently he's a long-time 49ers fan. Coburn is ranked the 11th defensive tackle in the country for his cycle, and the 95th recruit overall.
One look at this kid's highlight film and it's very easy to see why. The film below shows him dominating offensive linemen with brute strength - as a high school sophomore. He also has great athleticism for a guy who weighs in at 326 pounds.
Other News & Notes
- Coaches were hitting the road this week. Chris Partridge visited four-star defensive back Kary Vincent, Jr. (Port Arthur, TX), as well as some other Texas players. Jay Harbaugh was also on the road ($), seeing four-star tight end Josh Falo (Sacramento, CA) among others.
- Another satellite camp destination will be Oakland High School in Tennessee, home of five-star 2017 safety JaCoby Stevens. Michigan has a ton of ground to make up in that race, though Oakland is also home to three-star 2017 safety Kaleb Oliver and four-star 2018 defensive tackle D'Andre Litaker. Neither have offers from Michigan at this time.
- Rivals sat down with four-star 2017 linebacker Jordan Anthony (IMG Academy). Jordan reiterated that Michigan is a top-five program for him ($).
- Jake Rudock tells Rivals he wishes he had stayed at Michigan for four years ($). "It was unfortunate - in five years, I've only been a part of one win in the last game during bowl season. The feelings you get after that - it's miraculous. As a senior, you always want to go out a winner."
- Ben Mason opened up about why he picked Michigan ($).
- Michigan will be competing ($) for recent Indiana de-commit Lynn Bowden (Youngstown, OH). Bowden is classified as a top-150 athlete in the 2017 class.
- Michigan also offered a three-star Alabama commit. Aaron Sterling sounds appreciative of the offer, but we'll see if anything really comes of it.