Among the topics of discussion on this week’s Future Brew podcast includes more recruits lining up to get a look at Ann Arbor this summer. And one prospect in particular who will be doing so in an unofficial manner next month.
Von: Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, according to Sam Webb, he’s got an unofficial visit planned for May 1-2. An unofficial visit is pretty significant in its own right. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, from the state of Florida. Has some other good offers from Auburn, Miami, Iowa State, Missouri, Pitt, those kind of schools. Along with football, he’s also a wrestler at his high school, and we all know how much Harbaugh loves those multi-sport guys. Jon, I’ll throw it to you. Like I said, it’s not an official, but to me, this is more significant because he’s getting up on his own dime just in a few weeks here.
Jon: Yeah, I think it’s definitely big news for Michigan to get him up here, especially for a dead period visit when he could easily just wait a month and take an official. So I think he’s chopping at the bit to get to Michigan after they’ve been recruiting him for a long time. I think he’d be an excellent prospect I think to get. Shaun Nua is his primary recruiter, but George Helow’s connections in Florida are also paying off here. Definitely like that he’s a wrestler; that’s always really good to see from especially a lineman prospect. Using that leverage, knowing how to anchor, things like that. I think Phillips would be a really good add to the class early on.
Stephen: Yeah, and you guys mentioned how much Harbaugh loves his multi-sport athletes. There is no better multi-sport athlete than a wrestler if you’re recruiting for football. In terms of leverage, hand-usage, footwork, nothing will do a better job for a lineman than wrestling. Except maybe, honestly, ballet dancing, for balance and footwork. For his film, he fires off pretty low and he has a good burst off the line of scrimmage. He has a lot of film of taking on double-teams and he is able to knife through them. The thing I really like is if the play is getting even with him, if a running back is passing through either side of the double-team, he is able to disengage and get on that. So he’s not just tunneling through double-teams; he’s able to keep his eyes in the backfield and react while taking on a double-team. I think he’s gonna be a true nose tackle just because he’s gonna be ahead of the game with his footwork and leverage. All those things are really hard for a guy of that size to learn at this point just because you can usually just overwhelm people with your size, but with his background, he has a lot of things that will get him way ahead of others learning that position.
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