Welcome to this week’s Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup!
As you may know, Michigan likes to dish out offers like no other. Some people (me) would go as far to say they offer some kids way too early. Nevertheless, some of those kids will be highlighted today, as some under-the-radar recruits are getting some attention from the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
3-star LB/DE recaps ‘amazing’ trip to U-M
New York is typically a place you go to travel, eat pizza and stay stuck in traffic for hours on end, not scout and recruit high school football players. Michigan linebackers coach Anthony Campanile decided to say “screw the norm” and do just that.
2020 3-star linebacker Cullen Coleman is being recruited by Michigan’s new linebackers coach and visited Ann Arbor for the first time this past Monday.
“Michigan was amazing,” Coleman told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($). “I loved it. I loved seeing the facilities. We were treated well. Met a lot of coaches including Jim Harbaugh. Everything was great.”
Coleman also said he would be playing a hybrid linebacker/defensive end position in Michigan’s defense, which is something he “loves,” along with the campus.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has really seen his recruitment take off over the last month. Despite being just a 3-star, Coleman holds other offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue, Northwestern and more. Expect to see Coleman’s name pop up more often in the recruiting world.
3-star DL ‘freaked out a little bit’ after hearing U-M offer
One name you should get used to hearing is Van Fillinger. The Draper, Utah native is a 3-star 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end that is clearly a big fan of Michigan’s. Despite having offers from other big-time programs like UCLA, LSU, Oregon and others, Michigan is the one scholarship he wanted the most.
“Right after school I called up coach Nua that day,” Fillinger told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($). “He ended up talking to me for awhile and then offered me a scholarship and immediately I freaked out a little bit.”
Fillinger’s dad is from Detroit, and he still has family residing in Michigan, so that connection very well could help Michigan land his services.
“Michigan has been a dream school every since I was little, so I’m interested in them,” Fillinger said. “Their winning culture and my memories growing up watching their games every Saturday is what I like most.”
Fillinger plans to visit U-M this spring. He is also planning on making a late-summer commitment. Michigan is in very good standing as of now, so stay tuned.
3-star CB visiting U-M Saturday
“I want to see the culture and it will be academically-heavy I believe,” Porter told Garcia Jr. “Coach (Chris) Partridge and coach (Don) Brown say that I can come in and be a heck of a player.”
The Auburn, Alabama native is listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. He was also recently offered by Stanford, where he plans to visit April 4-5 for its junior day.
As for when he will decide on his future school, Porter said he will take his upcoming visits and “I should be ready to announce in the summer. But everything is tentative.”
Quick notes on 4-star CB
This guy is not under-the-radar whatsoever, but I thought I’d add this in real quick.
According to TMI’s Sam Webb ($), 4-star cornerback Dwight McGlothern reportedly told Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson at the Adidas West 7-on-7 Regional in Torrance, California that he wants to hear more from Michigan coaches.
“Tell your coaches I really like Michigan,” McGlothern reportedly said to Patterson. “I want to hear more from them. I’m interested.”
Patterson was out west watching his brother (2020 Michigan tight end commit Nick Patterson) play, thus how he was able to interact with McGlothern.
I am certainly interested to see how Michigan coaches react to this, and if they will pursue McGlothern at all. It doesn’t sound like the coaching staff had spoken to him much at all, which is surprising considering the talent this young man possesses.
Listed at 6-foot-1.5 and 180 pounds, McGlothern is the No. 8 cornerback in the country and the No. 120 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite.
That’s all for this week! Check back on Monday for more recruiting news.