Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh held a press conference yesterday afternoon to discuss his 2018 recruiting class. Here is what he had to say about his new players:
The new players in general
“Very excited about the class. Proud to announce, officially, Shea Patterson. Ronnie Bell, can officially announce Ronnie. Casey Hughes, who’s also a graduate transfer. Vince Gray, Michael Barrett. So welcome to the Michigan family.
3-star wide receiver Ronnie Bell
“Love all his athletic ability. Start off with the production — 86 catches, close to 1,200 yards. Kansas City player of the year in football. He’s also an excellent basketball player. Love the family, love him. Production being the key thing.
3-star athlete Michael Barrett
“Envision him getting the ball in his hands. (He’ll play) wide receiver, slot-receiver, running back, those two areas primarily for him. Spent time with Anquan Boldin who was also a high school quarterback, played some quarterback in college and eventually a wide receiver. Somebody who can get the ball and make yards after the catch or yards after contact. A receiver who can run like a running back, and also I think he will have the ability to be a running back. Lot of different areas Michael can get the football, including quarterback.”
4-star tight end/offensive lineman Ryan Hayes
“I think he’s got the ability to — we’ll see where Mother Nature goes in his physical development, but there’s a possibility of playing (offensive) tackle and also tight end.”
Utah transfer defensive back Casey Hughes, specifically on where he’ll play
“Another thing to be determined. I think he has the ability to be a corner, also has the ability by what compiles our best secondary to be a nickel or to be a safety. Think he’s got the ability to play all three of those and we’ll determine that when he gets here. But coverage ability plus tackling abilities. He’s made quite a few tackles and he’s a strong tackler.”