With new prospects starting to shine in the early stages of the high school season, the offers are starting to fire out of Ann Arbor.
Maize n Brew connected with some of these 2020 targets, as well as caught up with 2019 4-star Zach Charbonnet.
2020 Arizona 3-star safety looking at Midwest, too
Our very own Von Lozon talked to Tucson, Ariz. three-star safety Lathan Ransom about snagging a maize and blue offer last Thursday.
“It was hard to believe at first,” he said. “I was filled with excitement.”
The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder heard from Michigan director of recruiting Matt Dudek just before a 56-7 rout against Dobson (Mesa, Ariz.). He is teammates with high four-star and Alabama running back target Bijan Robinson.
Ransom is the No. 9 ranked player in Arizona, the No. 20 ranked safety and the No. 344 overall talent in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite. Along with Michigan, he also holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia, Stanford, Cal, Indiana, Washington, Utah and Nebraska.
“I honestly have no favorites,” he said. “I’m taking every school into consideration. I’ll really start focusing on my recruiting after this season.”
The last Michigan commitments from Arizona were former four-stars Craig Roh and Taylor Lewan in 2009.
You can check out Von’s full story at 9 a.m.
Another Fairfield, Ohio product emerges
Tight end coach Sherrone Moore already secured a tight end for 2019 in Fairfield’s Erick All. Fellow offensive assistant Jay Harbaugh now is laser-focused on All’s teammate, running back Jutahn McClain, after a big Friday night against state powerhouse Centerville.
McClain scored seven touchdowns against the Elks in a 49-21 opening night triumph, including three on the ground, three through the air and one off a 94-yard kickoff return.
EU’s “Trust The Process” Jutahn McClain Fairfield’s RB/WR footwork and agility was shown tonight vs Centerville. He ended the night scoring 6td. @eu_beavercreek @charg1ng @enhanceu @premierhealthohio #cincinnati #euteam pic.twitter.com/oA9lZoCbMk— EnhanceU Sports (@EnhanceUSports) August 25, 2018
“Coach Harbaugh overwhelmed me by just saying the word that I had the offer, and this is truly a dream come true for me,” he said to The Michigan Insider. “All I could think about was my mom, and how proud she would be. I just had to call her and let her know. coach Harbaugh asked me if Erick and I are close friends, and I told him that we are.”
McClain is currently ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the state of Ohio for the class of 2020, and holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Maryland.
Our own Von Lozon will, again, have an exclusive interview with McClain, so be on the lookout for that.
MnB’s West Coast contingent caught up with Zach Charbonnet
Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian four-star running back Zach Charbonnet started slowly against the visiting Edison Chargers Friday night. The larger and more powerful of the committed 2019 backs carried six times for seven yards to start the evening.
Moonlighting as a safety, he turned the tide with a goal-line interception returned for 30 yards, followed by a 51-yard jaunt to flip the field. His Oaks Christian Lions went on to win 38-7, with their offensive star producing 161 yards and two scores on 14 totes.
Stay tuned for a scouting report, as I made the drive up US-101 North to Westlake Village. After the game, I briefly talked to him about his night, and his reason behind choosing the Wolverines.
While mentioning he has yet to extensively meet with fellow commit Eric Gray, he smiled when thinking about the damage they could do against the Big Ten when they reach Ann Arbor.
Also, he talked about getting a chance to work with strength coach Ben Herbert in the weight room. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds — with 11-second speed in the 100-meter dash — the thought of him getting Herbertized has to be salivating for Michigan fans.
As mentioned, stay tuned for a Charbonnet scouting report, and continue to follow Maize n Brew for all your Michigan recruiting updates.