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‘A dude I could trust’: 2022 three-star CB Elijah Mc-Cantos reconnects with Clinkscale after offer

The Michigan coaches were at FIU for a camp earlier this week when they offered Mc-Cantos.

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The Michigan football coaching staff has been busy on the recruiting trail over the last week or so. They have hosted kids on visits, made an entire day devoted to in-state prospects and have been traveling far and wide searching for talent at other schools’ camps.

One of the positions the Wolverines are looking to get a few more of in their 2022 class is cornerback, and new cornerbacks coach Steve Clinkscale has several options to sort through. But one guy he just offered as the Michigan coaching staff was down at FIU’s football camp on Monday is three-star cornerback Elijah Mc-Cantos.

“A dude I could trust,” Mc-Cantos told Maize n Brew about how he views Clinkscale. “Got a good history and healthy connections with my coach.”

That coach Mc-Cantos is referring to is Luther “Luke” Campbell. You probably know him as one of the leading members of rap group 2 Live Crew, but he switched careers nearly a decade ago and became a high school football coach. He is one of Mc-Cantos’ coaches at Edison High School in Miami, Florida.

This was not the first time Clink and Mc-Cantos have connected, as the two spoke when Clink was recruiting him at Kentucky. Now that Clink is at Michigan, Mc-Cantos is looking forward to furthering that bond.

“(I) feel great about Michigan, excited (about) building a connection with them. Me and coach Clink will have a great relationship,” he said.

Besides his new offer from Michigan, he also drew interest at the FIU camp from programs like Ole Miss, Pitt and Florida State. He already held offers from Penn State, LSU, Arizona State, Washington State, Syracuse and more, but the one school he has had interest in for a while is Illinois, a place he will officially visit on June 18.

Mc-Cantos admitted he is “real close” with the coaching staff at Illinois, and they are the coaching staff recruiting him harder than anyone else.

He doesn’t have any other visits set up, but he is hoping to hit other schools at some point as well, including Michigan. When asked if a visit to Michigan would happen this summer or in the fall for a game, Mc-Cantos told Maize n Brew, “both.”

When it comes to what he’s looking for out of his future school, Mc-Cantos said, “just a healthy relationship and a great coaching staff.” He is hoping to have a commitment decision by the end of this summer.

Mc-Cantos is the No. 77 cornerback, No. 115 player in the state of Florida and No. 814 overall on 247Sports’ composite ranking. You can check out his junior season highlights below, which, according to that film, says he did not allow a touchdown completion all year long.