Over the last couple weeks, Michigan coaches have made in-home visits to 2019 recruits and also visited with 2020 and beyond recruits, even dishing out offers to some of them.
One 2020 recruit to pick up an offer from Michigan this past week is 3-star wide receiver Chris Scott, who got the offer Thursday morning from Jim Harbaugh and linebackers coach Al Washington.
“Coach Harbaugh and coach Washington were in (my) school, so I stopped by and said hello and spoke to them for a few minutes about some things,” he told Maize n Brew Friday. “After that, coach Harbaugh offered. Since he wasn’t allowed to directly offer me, he told my athletic director and she then told me afterwards.
“This was my second time meeting coach Harbaugh, so I re-introduced myself to him and we just talked about how the season went and discussed when I could get up there for a bowl practice or just to get back on campus. We also spoke about Michigan a little, as well. Really just small talk since they weren’t allowed to say too much to me due to the rule.”
The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder was excited, and a little stunned, he received the offer.
“I would have to say I was surprised, but definitely grateful and blessed when I found out,” Scott said. “Receiving an offer to play at such a big time school gave me a good feeling. Really, it just makes me happy to see that my hard work was paying off but also made me excited and ready to get back to work so many more great things can come.”
Michigan is just the second school to offer Scott a scholarship, with Boston College being the first. Other schools showing interest in Scott right now include Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt and Purdue.
Scott has visited Ann Arbor twice before, with the most recent being the BBQ at the Big House last summer. He is now trying to work around his high school basketball schedule so he can visit again. He doesn’t have a solidified date for when he will be able to return, but he is “expecting to get up there real soon.”
Michigan’s uptick in recruiting the state of Ohio has been notable. The university already has one Ohio native committed to the 2020 class (3-star wide receiver Kalil Branham). Michigan also has six Ohio natives in its 2019 class. Scott said he does speak to some of those Ohio recruits from time to time, including Branham.
“I don’t know Kalil personally but we catch each other at some events and we speak to each other,” Scott said. “Michigan does a great job of recruiting here in Ohio and they’ve been successful in the past doing that.”
As for his own recruitment, Scott is taking things slow. He only has two offers and wants to give every school a fair chance. He doesn’t know exactly when he would want to be committed to a school, but he “would like to be pretty close, if not already committed going into my senior season next year.”
“Michigan is a great school and a great program and I’m honored to have an opportunity to play there for coach Harbaugh,” he said. “I look forward to getting back up there and visiting again and getting a better feel for the area in Ann Arbor.”