The Michigan football team departs for South Africa today — hell, they may be in the air as you’re reading this. But before the trip, the coaches were continuing their work of searching for and offering talented high school recruits to come play college ball in Ann Arbor.
One recruit that was offered this week is 2020 3-star cornerback Collin Gamble. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Argyle, Texas received a phone call from defensive coordinator Don Brown on Wednesday, and Dr. Blitz gave him the good news.
“I was excited — just surprised,” Gamble told Maize n Brew.
Gamble admitted he and Brown had not communicated much before he received the offer, so that is why he was a little shocked to hear the news. But now that he has the offer, he says visiting Michigan is a growing possibility.
“(I) most likely (will visit). They’ve already been asking for dates that would work for me,” Gamble said.
He still has to hammer out all the details — whether that will be an official or unofficial, who will go with him and when it will be. But to already see a potential visit in the works is good news for the Maize and Blue, who will likely take a couple cornerbacks in the 2020 class after taking just two in 2019. With Lavert Hill set to graduate after 2019, Michigan will need as much help in the secondary as possible in 2020.
Along with playing cornerback, Gamble is also a speedy kick and punt returner. According to his junior season highlight tape, he has four interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), two touchdown returns, 22 pass breakups, 45 tackles and 573 total return yards.
It’s unclear if those numbers span his career or just his junior season. Regardless, versatility is always a good and is one way to get on the field faster as a young player.
As for making a commitment, he isn’t sure when that will happen either.
“Once I make my decision, it’s the right one because I’m sticking to it,” he said.
Gamble holds other offers from Texas Tech, Northwestern, Rutgers, Utah, Boston College and more.
Watch highlights from his junior season below.