Class of 2020 cornerback Elias Ricks called up Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh Thursday afternoon to talk about a variety of things. But after hanging up with him, Ricks came away with an offer from Michigan, and he took to Twitter to exclaim his emotions.
So what else did Ricks and Harbaugh talk about over the phone?
“We just talked about me coming to their barbecue July 28 and getting on the phone with my parents, and also how I liked him since he was with the 49ers,” Ricks told Maize n Brew on Thursday.
Coming out of Mater Dei in Santa Ana, California, it is only natural for him to be a fan of Harbaugh during his days in San Francisco. He helped turn a run-of-the-mill 49ers team into a Super Bowl contender. But what specifically is it about Harbaugh that makes Ricks excited about the opportunity to play for him?
“He’s a players’ coach. He can relate to the players and seems fun to be around. He seem like a coach I would want to have in my corner,” he said.
Also mentioned in that phone call was a visit to Ann Arbor this summer for the BBQ at The Big House, an annual recruiting event that has seen plenty of commitments from highly ranked players in years past.
Although nothing is official as of now, he is looking forward to the opportunity to visit Ann Arbor soon for the first time.
“(A visit for the BBQ) isn’t official yet, but I’m just looking forward to seeing how it is out there and meeting the whole staff,” he said.
Michigan’s interest in Ricks is just blossoming, but he already holds offers from almost every big time school. Alabama, Georgia, LSU and USC are the schools pursuing Ricks the hardest as of now.
Ricks is visiting Alabama this weekend, along with Clemson, despite not having an offer from Dabo Swinney just yet. Other than that, he does not have any other visits lined up.
Ricks plans to cut down his list of schools to 12 after this upcoming season. He will then go through the process of narrowing it down even further. But what is it he is looking for out of his future school?
“A home feeling, a chance to play early and what the school brings outside of football,” he said.
Ricks doesn’t know a lot about Michigan football, but he is cognizant of how good the defense is, especially the secondary, which ranked No. 1 in America last season.
“They make plays and they play good competition every year and produce good athletes,” he said about the secondary.
But to make plays, you’ve got to hone in on your craft. And Ricks is doing just that. He proclaims himself as the “most physical corner in the country,” but he still admits he has things to work on, including this speed and technique.
Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 180 pounds, Ricks is the No. 2 ranked cornerback and No. 19 overall player in his class, according to 247Sports. He does not yet have a composite score, but odds are he will be, at the very least, a borderline 5-star by the time it’s all said and done.