The new assistants at the University of Michigan continue to extend offers to high-upside prospects in the 2022 class, as co-defensive coordinator/cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist extended an offer Wednesday evening to four-star athlete Taylor Groves.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder hails from Cross Plains, Tennessee. He holds other offers from schools like Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Penn State and more.
Groves’ conversation with Linguist on Wednesday was the first time he ever spoke with him, but it is a conversation that really resonated with him.
“It was great, one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with a coach,” Groves told Maize n Brew. “He was real about everything he said, and I’m definitely a big fan of Michigan already just after that conversation.”
It was just the first conversation of many to come with the Wolverines, but Groves is already buying what Linguist is selling him, which includes playing defensive back in college as opposed to the usual wide receiver position he plays in high school.
“I think (Michigan’s) coaching staff can get me to where I want to be for my future (the NFL),” he said. “I want to win a national championship, too, and I feel like I could do that there.
“(I will play) wherever I’m needed.”
The other schools that have offered him that he is highly interested in include Ole Miss, Tennessee, Notre Dame and LSU. He is also hearing often from Alabama, Florida and Ohio State, despite not being offered by them just yet.
Before the recruiting dead period began last year because of the pandemic, Groves was able to visit Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky. He is hoping to visit Michigan when he is able to do so, along with USC, Alabama, Georgia and Clemson.
Among the things he is looking for in his future school include, “a coaching staff that our relationship is just really strong, and I want to come in and compete my freshman year.”
Groves aims on committing in August, right before his senior season begins.
Groves is the No. 6 player in Tennessee and No. 242 overall player in the 2022 class on 247Sports’ composite. There is one crystal ball in for Ole Miss. You can check out some of his highlights from his junior year on his Hudl page.