Many of us are Garfields on Monday.
Not today. Michigan hosted a cornucopia of recruits at the annual Barbecue at the Big House, making headways with several prospects from elite to under-the-radar.
Brace for a full week of updates from the biggest recruiting event of the offseason, from player reactions to potential commitments. In the meantime, here’s the general recap.
Josh Sanguinetti announces top 3
While the weekend has yet to yield an official commitment, it led to positive results from elite prospects such as Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (University High) safety Josh Sanguinetti.
Our own Von Lozon wrote Michigan would be in his top three schools if he announced today. He plans to reveal a top 10 list later this year.
After yesterday’s BBQ at the Big House, it was only a matter of time before news like this was released.— Maize n Brew (@MaizenBrew) July 29, 2018
A top safety in the 2019 class included #Michigan as a top 3 school of his. https://t.co/KRR7q7tzjT pic.twitter.com/Imt4ame1SD
The 5-foot-11.5, 173-pounder is the 10th ranked safety and the 157th overall prospect in the 2019 class according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
His fit in Don Brown’s defense was a frequent topic of conversation.
“They just showed me around the campus and showed me their schemes and how they would be using me in the defense, stuff like that,” he said. ”I feel like (I can fit the system) because they want their safeties to make plays.”
He plans to officially visit Ann Arbor in the fall and announce his commitment at the February Signing Day.
Will they flip?
Two defenders committed to ACC schools look poised to spurn their current schools for the Wolverines.
Everett, Massachusetts cornerback Mike Saintrisil — currently pledged to Virginia Tech — told 247’s Sam Webb ($) about his developing connection with fellow New Englander Don Brown.
“There are a lot of good people (at Michigan),” he said. “You get treated like family whether you come there or not. I just know coach Don Brown is a hometown guy because he is from Boston, so we just have a really good connection.”
He also professes a close bond with current Michigan commits Cade McNamara, Mazi Smith and Chris Hinton, among others.
After his second visit to campus in the last few months, speculation is rising about a flip, as 100 percent of his crystal balls point toward Michigan. He looks to announce during the season.
Florida State Seminole pledge Mike Morris seems to have his head and heart battling.
Wolverine Wire’s Evan Petzold reported Sunday that, “the only thing holding Morris from flipping his commitment from Florida State to Michigan is being a Seminoles legacy.”
The Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage defensive end’s father played under Bobby Bowden in the 1980s, so his commitment to Willie Taggart was pretty easy in Feb. 2016. One of the biggest factors going for the Maize and Blue is his dad’s evolving opinion of Jim Harbaugh.
“(My dad) came into the visit thinking, ‘Oh, I don’t like Harbaugh,’” Morris explained. “By the time they were done talking, he liked him. My dad really likes Michigan and loved sitting down with Harbaugh. That was crazy.”
Mike Morris at Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House today. Gets a Michigan crystal ball. Need him at FSU as an OT. https://t.co/heGJHzMqrZ— Tridentine Nole (@TalentEvaluator) July 28, 2018
Morris wants to play for Greg Mattison’s defensive line, and is growing frustrated with Florida State potentially slating him on the other side of the ball.
“I’m a definite no for offensive line.”
His only official visit scheduled is a Sep. 8 return trip to Ann Arbor for the Western Michigan game. Will the 4-star flip that weekend?
Making inroads on several names
The staff is putting in the necessary prep work for the 2020 class and beyond.
Tight end coach Sherrone Moore gelled with 4-star 2020 tight end Lukas Ungar. The Morristown, New Jersey native sees the emphasis on tight ends — from Jake Butt to Sean McKeon — and knows he will get the proper attention from the offensive staff.
“As a tight end, it’s obvious that Michigan uses the position in a more significant way than almost anyone in the country,” he told 247’s Steve Lorenz ($). “Their track record in getting guys to the NFL has been great so far and will continue.”
A pair of 2020 in-state wideouts hit it off, as well. Rockwood’s Ian Stewart and Bay City’s Devell Washington posed as Jason Avant and Braylon Edwards, respectively.
Stewart is just outside 4-star range and looks to be a Spartan-Wolverine battle. He ranks No. 9 out of 2020 Michigan juniors, and his crystal ball is 50/50 at the moment between the in-state rivals.
The 6-foot-4 Washington is due for a ratings bump after recently receiving Ohio State and Michigan offers.
“Michigan is pretty high on my list,” he admitted to 247’s Allen Trieu ($). The No. 13 ranked junior in the state is also looking at Notre Dame and Michigan State.
Many, many 2020 and 2021 prospects took to social media to share their fun times.
It’s a HOPE Boyz takeover!! Shoutout to coach @CoachWash56 and the University of Michigan for Always showing us love! #HopeBoyz #UofM #GoBlue @Qianmagwood @JPrewitt614 @AJKirkJr1 @Paapa_yeboah @9_DWILLIAMS pic.twitter.com/3e0Sw3AFEA— Derick Alexander (@Hopefitness_) July 28, 2018
Pictured are several Ohioans, including 2019 receiver Jesse Prewitt, 2020 athletes Qian Magwood and Paapa Yeboah and 2021 defenders A.J. Kirk and Devon Williams.
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Michigan’s offensive line bonded over the weekend, and let the world know it.
Joey Velazquez — like Ben VanSumeren last year — already looks like an adult.
The Miami turnover chain made a mysterious appearance, particularly around the necks of 2020 Baltimore defensive tackle Jonathan Wallace and Georgia 4-star Josh Downs.
The award for best dance moves goes to 2020 Oak Lawn, Illinois 3-star running back Leshon Williams.
I may not be qualified to grade dancing ability. When I make my biannual visit to a club, I deploy the chicken wing.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for in-depth updates, reactions and quotes from this weekend’s visitors.