The state of Georgia has been friendly to the University of Michigan in terms of recruiting over the past few seasons. Aubrey Solomon, Chris Hinton, Myles Sims, Michael Barrett and Christian Turner all hail from the Peach State and were all big recruiting wins.
Another Georgian that could wind up being a big recruiting win for Michigan is 2020 4-star wide receiver Josh Downs. He is a native of Suwanee, Georgia, and has several offers from good programs, including Michigan, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Oregon and more.
We caught up with Downs to get an update on his recruitment from the Michigan coaching staff, and it seems like he has a pretty good relationship with them.
“(I talk to) coach McDaniels and (coach Chris Partridge) the most — coach McDaniels almost every day,” Downs told Maize n Brew. “And coach Roundtree.
“It’s good and building everyday. I love the interest they have in me, and Michigan is a top notch program.”
Downs explained he is close with other coaches from different schools, including North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Nebraska.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder said he plans on taking a visit to Kentucky in three weeks. He is also looking forward to visiting Ann Arbor, but that likely will not happen until the summer.
Downs has visited Ann Arbor a couple times already, most recently for the Wolverines’ victory over Penn State this past season.
“The Big House was great — very energetic and the fans are amazing,” he said.
He released his top schools list back in December, and the Wolverines were on that list next to Ohio State, Oregon, UNC, Kentucky, NC State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech and West Virginia.
I know who I am, and I give thanks to the man..— XI.. (@JoshDowns_) December 17, 2018
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The Wolverines already have one wide receiver committed to the 2020 class — 4-star Kalil Branham, but Downs would be a huge get for more than one reason. The program would be getting the 2019 Gwinnett County Wide Receiver of the Year award-winner, as he finished his junior year with 624 yards and nine touchdowns.
Michigan would also have a firm placement in the state of Georgia for the 2020 season, and possibly beyond. There are a few others in Georgia Michigan is going after, so a commitment from a fellow Georgian definitely wouldn’t hurt.
Check out highlights from Downs’ junior season below.