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Michigan makes top 10 for O-lineman Jerome Carvin
Three-star Cordova (Tenn.) tackle Jerome Carvin released his list of top-10 schools via Twitter on Monday night.
The list was loaded with powerhouse schools, including Michigan.
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— JEROME CARVIN7️⃣4️⃣ (@JeromeCarvin) June 12, 2017
Carvin wrote that this list could change, and a different school could crack his top 5, which he plans to release before the fall. Once the list is cut in half, he’ll make an official visit to each remaining school.
Carvin spoke with Land of 10 on Tuesday about why the Wolverines made the top 10.
“Michigan has rich tradition,” he said. “When [tackles/tight ends] Coach [Greg] Frey and [running backs] Coach Jay Harbaugh came to my school, we had a great conversation and I have a good relationship with them.”
Carvin is also taking notice of what a lot of others are at Michigan … its coaching staff stacked with NFL experience. And the school’s 11-man NFL draft class.
“Michigan is known for putting offensive lineman in the NFL,” Carvin said. “That stuck out to me.”
Carvin has no visits planned yet, but his mother is already a fan of Jay Harbaugh, the assistant that offered and discovered Carvin for the Wolverines.
That could play a prominent role in Michigan’s chances.
“My mom liked when Coach Jay Harbaugh reached out to her,” he said. “They had a pretty good conversation.”
Carvin said that no school is standing out to him right now, despite Alabama having two Crystal Ball predictions for him.
He told Land of 10 that he will visit Michigan this summer, but the date isn’t official. The original plan was for him to visit the team’s Big Man Camp on June 24, but Carvin can’t make it.
Notre Dame takes substantial lead for 4-star LB/S Shayne Simon
For months, Shayne Simon has been Michigan’s top target for the rover position (playing a mix of both defensive back and linebacker). The Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 4-star recruit has been tabbed a Wolverines favorite for a long time.
He was recently invited to The Opening finals in Beaverton, Ore., as he’s climbed up to being the country’s No. 145 overall prospect per the 247Sports composite rankings.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) May 25, 2017
But it looks like things have changed on that front.
Even though Simon has family ties to Michigan (he has multiple family members that have attended school there), and even though he’s the best fit at rover in Don Brown’s 4-2-5 defense, it sounds like the Irish have taken the lead for the first time in his recruitment.
Simon isn’t very active on social media, so you won’t find any hints from him via Twitter. You won’t find many, if any, interviews from him outside of ones he has to do at camps or at his school.
He’s been a mystery for chunks of his recruitment, but the 247Sports Crystal Ball was very active recently — and it isn’t a good thing for the Wolverines.
Since the calendar turned to June, six new predictions have been placed, with five of them favoring the Irish and one is “foggy,” meaning the predictor is unsure of which school Simon will choose.
The Wolverines will continue fighting to land him, but until something changes, it looks like Simon will join the Irish, where two of his St. Peter’s Prep teammates — 4-star recruits Justin and Jayson Ademilola — have been committed for nearly a year.