Durkin accepts DC job, offers two prospects
After a ton of rumors and speculation on who or when the position would be filled, former Florida defensive coordinator DJ Durkin has agreed to take the same position at Michigan under new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Durkin was an assistant under Harbaugh at Stanford and is widely considered one of the best recruiters in the country, a trait that the new members of the staff seem to share.
No official announcements have been made by the athletic department, but Durkin's name appears in the University's directory, so it is all but official until an announcement take place.
Durkin spent much of Tuesday already working the phones on the recruiting trail, as he offered two committed prospects that could potentially help fill the remaining spots in Michigan's 2015 class.
The first prospect is four-star defensive end Charles Omenihu (Rowlett, Texas), who is currently committed to Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns. Omenihu tells Wolverine247 he is not sure if he will take an official visit to Michigan. (FREE)
Durkin also extended a scholarship offer to three-star defensive back Damon Arnette (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), who is a South Carolina commit.
Four-star linebacker Roquan Smith (Montezuma, Georgia) stated a few days back that if Durkin was to take the job at Michigan, he would be setting up an official visit, which will take place the weekend of Jan. 16, the same as tight end Chris Clark's, per Wolverine247.
Right off the bat, Durkin is making his presence known throughout the country in just his first official day on the job for the Wolverines. He not only has coached some of the top defenses in the nation over the last few seasons, but he has made out like a bandit on the recruiting trail. Expect him and Harbaugh to combine to put together some very talented classes in the future.
Alex Malzone talks Harbaugh
Michigan's 2015 quarterback commit Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) is now officially enrolled and on campus at the University of Michigan. The talented freshman will begin his first college classes on Wednesday and appears to be ready to get things started in Ann Arbor.
Malzone spoke to David Goricki of the Detroit News about how Michigan is his dream school and how he is anxious to play for coach Harbaugh.
Even when things got rough during the season for the Wolverines, Malzone was a leader and never wavered in his commitment to the program.
"My dream came true when Coach Hoke offered me a scholarship and said he wanted me to be his quarterback," said Malzone. "I was always a Michigan fan and always wanted to play here. I never took an official visit anywhere."
Malzone said he talked to new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh twice on the phone before meeting him in person Sunday.
"He's definitely business-like," said Malzone of Harbaugh. "He gets things done the right way. I know he's had a lot of success at a lot of different levels. I know he's offensive-minded and a quarterbacks coach too.
"I know he wants a quarterback who can throw and be competitive, and I definitely feel I can be that guy. I enrolled early to get bigger and stronger, to learn the system and compete in spring for the starting job."
Malzone threw for nearly 3,000 yards with 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions in his senior season at Brother Rice this fall.
2017 running back speaks on Harbaugh
I spoke briefly to 2017 running back prospect Todd Sibley (Akron, Ohio) on Tuesday evening about his thoughts on Harbaugh and Michigan.
Go ahead and add him to the list of prospects excited about the hire.
"I'm very excited that Harbaugh is coming to Michigan," he said. "I can't wait to see what he brings to the table.
"I'm very interested in Michigan and I hope that I am still on their radar."
Sibley has no immediate plans for a visit to Ann Arbor, but tells me he is trying to set them up soon. He was previously recruited by Fred Jackson and Roy Manning. The status of those two coaches on the new staff remain to be seen.
That's it for Wednesday. Check back in with us Friday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news.