Merry Christmas, everybody! While I’m sure all of you are busy opening presents with your families, I’ve got a few nuggets of recruiting information to stuff into your stockings.
Michigan monitoring JUCO DT
There aren’t too many elite defensive tackles left on the market after the December signing day, so it appears Michigan is pursuing a different avenue than usual. According to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich, the staff has been keeping tabs on JUCO three-star defensive tackle Almosse Titi ($).
Titi says members of the staff recently followed him on Twitter, but haven’t contacted him yet. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle is originally from Tampa, but plays for Iowa Western Community College.
Michigan rarely pursues JUCO players, so this development will be notable if it extends further. You may remember a couple of months ago when a JUCO cornerback announced he received an offer, but that turned out not to be true. We’ll see if they pull the trigger on Titi at some point.
Four-star ATH not hearing from U-M staff
Another piece of digging TMI’s Marich did is about Ohio State commit — but not signee — Cameron Martinez ($).
The Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan, Martinez is a four-star athlete who committed to the Buckeyes in July, but did not sign during the early signing period in the wake of defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley leaving to become the head coach of Boston College.
This obviously raised questions about whether Michigan would try to reestablish contact, but Marich confirmed they have not reached out yet. Martinez could play on either side of the ball, but with the depth chart loaded at slot receiver, I’d bet the staff would take him as a defensive back first.
Son of former NFL QB offered
Michigan has been spraying out the offers at tight end recently. The latest to receive one is Bogart (GA) 2022 prospect Jake Johnson.
Thankful to receive an offer from The University of Michigan! #thebighouse #classof2022 pic.twitter.com/g0TnoppcVM— Jake Johnson (@Jakejohnson2022) December 23, 2019
Michigan joined an impressive list of schools to have offered Johnson so far, including Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Penn State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech.
That list is not surprising, giving Johnson’s bloodlines. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and the nephew of former Georgia and Miami head coach Mark Richt. His older brother, Max Johnson, is a four-star quarterback who signed with LSU this cycle and who also held and offer from Michigan.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Maize n Brew, and I hope you have a safe and happy holiday with the ones you love!