Just two weeks ago, 2020 3-star tight end Blake Smith received an offer from the University of Michigan. That same day, Smith received an offer from Nick Saban and Alabama. Just five days later, he picked up an offer from Ohio State.
His top 10, which we detailed on last week’s Friday Recruiting Roundup, involves a mostly star-studded cast, including those three teams. On Sunday, he committed to one of the teams on that list, Texas A&M, after taking an official visit.
Maize n Brew caught up with Smith before his Sunday commitment.
Smith had spoken with tight ends coach Sherrone Moore in the past, but never spoke to head coach Jim Harbaugh. That is, until he picked up the offer from the head man himself.
“I saw (the phone call) was from a Michigan number and I was thinking ‘I wonder who this is, no way this is Harbaugh,’” Smith told Maize n Brew. “And he said ‘Hey buddy this is coach Harbaugh at Michigan.’ I honestly thought it was a prank call at first.
“He asked me ‘Why Michigan?’ So I laid out a couple points and I said ‘Why not Michigan?’ It’s a great academic school and produces great athletes. (Harbaugh) produces tight ends, he knows what it takes to play in the NFL. They have an amazing coaching staff so he was just kinda telling me all about Michigan.”
Smith is offered to play tight end for Michigan, but he also has played quarterback for his high school — Southlake Carroll in Southlake, Texas. That is part of what makes Smith, in Michigan’s opinion, a versatile player.
“They think I am a very versatile player,” Smith said. “I’m a player that can come in and be very developed by them, too. The people there give you good support and just want you to succeed in life on the football field and in the future. The support system up there — the fan base is kind of top notch. They want to see the best for you so they want me to come up and see it myself.”
When Smith would travel to Ann Arbor for a visit is still being worked on, but it is a possibility he visits the weekend of June 21. If you hadn’t heard yet, that weekend is set to be the biggest recruiting weekend of the summer, so far, for the Wolverines.
“It would be my first time (visiting Michigan),” he said. “(I would like to see) the weather change from Texas to Michigan, seeing if I can adapt to it. Seeing the connection with each coach. Seeing if I fit in with the team up there, vibe with the team. Seeing it all for myself.
“I want to compare it to other schools in an academic standpoint. Michigan is a top tier academic school, especially from a business standpoint where I want to go into. Comparing it academically, athletically (to other schools).”
Smith told Maize n Brew before committing to Texas A&M that he wanted to commit before his senior season begins, “probably closer to the end of summer.”
So much for that.
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