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Emil Ekiyor reaffirms commitment
Emil Ekiyor is sticking with Michigan.
That’s what the Indianapolis Cathedral High School 4-star offensive lineman has told Josh Newkirk of The Michigan Insider after Ekiyor took an official visit to Alabama in September. Ekiyor committed to Michigan last October but that hasn’t stopped him from doing his due diligence on the recruiting trail. It’s hasn’t been about keeping his options open as much as it is him being prepared for whatever might happen.
For everything he’s discovered, he say’s he’s holding to his decision.
“I’m committed to Michigan,” Ekiyor told Newkirk. “That’s, like, no doubt.”
Ekiyor is Michigan’s highest-rated commit for the Class of 2018. He is the top-rated player in the state of Indiana, and helped the Wolverines land the commitment of linebacker Cameron McGrone of Lawrence North. Ekiyor and McGrone are longtime friends who are from the same area of Indianapolis, although they’ve never played on the same team. The two will finally get to be teammates in January when they play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Ekiyor was in Bloomington last weekend to watch the Wolverines’ 27-20 win in overtime against Indiana. He is planning to visit Ann Arbor next weekend for the game against Rutgers.
A college program has no way to keep a player from taking a visit, official or otherwise, to another school but it certainly can discourage it once a player offers his commitment. Michigan didn’t give Ekiyor any such discouragement. Instead, Ekiyor says, he has kept in contact with coach Jim Harbaugh, offensive coordinator and line coach Tim Drevno and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton throughout the process.
Recruiting is about building relationships. Ekiyor and Michigan have a good one.
‘Spider’ Sims featured in Hudl series
The recruiting website Hudl.com is producing a series entitled “The Contenders” this football season, and it includes a look at Michigan 2018 commit Myles Sims, who goes by the nickname “Spider.”
The latest episode focuses on Sims’ Westlake (Ga.) team taking on Cartersville and quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a Clemson commit and the No. 2-rated player in the 2018 class by the 247Sports composite. There is a good backdrop story leading up to the game, including footage of Sims intercepting a Lawrence pass last season.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sims, he is a 4-star cornerback who committed to Michigan on April 7 after taking an unofficial visit on March 11. He was one of four Michigan commits to participate in The Opening finals in July, along with Ekiyor, running back Christian Turner and cornerback Gemon Green. Sims (6-foot-2.5, 173) has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
— Hudl (@Hudl) October 17, 2017
Michigan vs. James Franklin
I wrote in this space earlier this week about the five Pennsylvania natives on Michigan’s roster and how they’re approaching the game Saturday night at Beaver Stadium against No. 2-ranked Penn State.
My Land of 10 Penn State colleague Tyler Donohue has a good piece posted about some of the best recruiting battles that have taken place between the Wolverines and Nittany Lions since James Franklin was hired as Penn State’s coach in 2014.
Yes, it’s written from a Penn State point of view, but there are a few Michigan wins included in the list. It’s worth your time.
— Land of 10 PennState (@Landof10PSU) October 20, 2017
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