Star-studded guest list in Ann Arbor this weekend
It is shaping up to be a busy weekend of visits for the University of Michigan football program, led by Jim Harbaugh, with the annual High School Football Coaches' Clinic taking place Friday and Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The event will feature some of the top high school coaches in the nation.
A few recruits will make their way to Michigan to check out the program this weekend, but the biggest star of all is Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, brother of Jim.
Great to have Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh speak to the team following practice! pic.twitter.com/TV2nnsomd0
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) March 12, 2015
The Wolverines have had their fair share of high-profile visitors in the last few weeks, but having both Harbaugh brothers on campus this weekend could create another unique scenario for players that are visiting the university.
Defensive end Khalid Kareem, one of the state's top 2016 prospects, was in Ann Arbor on Thursday and was able to get a photo op with the brothers Harbaugh.
Perhaps the biggest recruit visiting this weekend is five-star 2016 linebacker Caleb Kelly (Fresno, California), who arrived Thursday evening.
Kelly looks to be one of Michigan's top priorities moving forward, especially at the linebacker position in this class, where the Wolverines will look to rebuild their depth. His visit appears to be an all-weekend affair, so we should have a good idea where he stands after he leaves campus.
I expect this visit to firmly place Michigan near the top of his list. Oklahoma looks like the leader right now, but the Wolverines should have a good shot at him if the visit goes well this weekend.
Another big time visit taking place this weekend will come from 2016 athlete Jordan Fuller (Westwood, New Jersey).
Michigan likes Fuller at safety and they have been pushing hard for a visit recently. In fact, Wolverine247 believes he is the top safety on their 2016 board. ($)
An interesting 2017 prospect will be on campus as well in wide receiver KJ Hamler (Farmington, Michigan), according to Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247. (FREE)
Hamler is a smaller receiver at 5-foot-9, but his film shows he is one of the fastest players in the state and is an absolute burner at the position. Michigan needs athleticism and speed on the roster in the worst way, so it will be interesting to see if he walks out of Ann Arbor with an offer or not this weekend. Michigan State appears to be the leader here right now, but a Michigan offer could make things interesting.
The Wolverines certainly are not slowing down on the scholarship offer front, as a few players received pledges in the last couple of days.
The first was 2016 athlete Mecole Hardman (Elberton, Georgia), who projects to be one of the top defensive backs in this cycle.
Hardman is a four-star prospect and the 9th ranked cornerback in the class of 2016, per the 247 Composite.
Michigan also offered its first prospect of the 2018 class in offensive lineman Will Lawrence (Memphis, Tennessee).
Michigan's photo edits are fantastic
Michigan has always been a program that sends out cool edited images of high school players in maize and blue uniforms and other cool pictures, but they have really stepped up their game since Harbaugh was hired.
The most recent impressive edit went out to 2016 four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, which you can check out below.
Go BLUE pic.twitter.com/XJUnXV8k8j
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) March 12, 2015
This short video, with Drake lyrics and sort of a 3D-concept to it, is just another example of reaching out to players and creating buzz for the program. To the average fan, this may not seem like a big deal, but these recruits go nuts over things like edits and other forms of media, so to see Michigan embracing that is very cool, to say the least.
That's it for Friday. Check back in Monday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news and more.