Michigan doesn’t often recruit in Tennessee, but that didn’t stop the Wolverines from offering one of the state’s rising 2018 tackle prospects.
Cordova OT Jerome Carvin has picked up a lot of recruiting momentum of late, receiving offers in piles from some of the nation’s top schools following a February offer from Alabama.
Yet despite the competition, Michigan threw its hat into the ring following a busy couple days to end the week. While passing through Memphis on Thursday, Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh chatted with Carvin and told the 247Sports 3-star prospect he would check with offense coordinator Tim Drevno about possibly offering.
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A day later, Harbaugh sent Carvin a message to call him. And when Carvin dialed up Harbaugh, the assistant coach had great news for the No. 40 offensive tackle in the 2018 class.
“[Coach Harbaugh] called me and offered me [on Friday],” Carvin told Land of 10. “I was excited. It was an honor to get the offer. This is major, and this offer is high for me right now.
“Coach Harbaugh said he liked me a lot. And that he asked all over the city about who I am, and no one said anything bad about me. So that’s why he wanted to offer me.”
Most Tennessee kids of Carvin’s caliber end up in the SEC somewhere, a lot of times with the in-state Volunteers.
But things are wide open right now for Carvin, who is still weighing his many new options that have come in the last few months.
With so many schools interested and the phone ringing throughout the day, it can be difficult for recruits in Carvin’s position to simply keep up with each school.
But Carvin knows more than you may think about the maize and blue.
“The tradition of the program and the success of the program,” Carvin described as what he knew right away about Michigan. “And Coach [Jim] Harbaugh is a great coach.”
But this is just the beginning for the Wolverines and Carvin, who will look to learn a lot more about Michigan throughout his recruitment.
It was a surprising offer for Carvin, but it’s one he is taking seriously.
He told Land of 10 that a visit to Ann Arbor will ‘definitely’ be happening. The question now for the Wolverines is, with an inevitable rise in the rankings coming soon for Carvin, can Michigan make up ground on the SEC schools surrounding him?
Expect him to visit soon — summer being the most likely time — and expect a push forward from the Michigan staff.