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Michigan focus on Georgia paying off
Welcome back after a week on vacation. Nothing happened in Michigan recruiting, right? Yeah, right.
The big news for Michigan’s 2019 class was tackle Trente Jones of Grayson (Ga.) High School committing to the Wolverines. Grayson is the school where Michigan sophomore running back Kurt Taylor Jr. played as a senior and helped the Rams win the Georgia Class 7A state title. It’s in Gwinnett County, northeast of Atlanta, and in the same area where Michigan 2018 running back signee Christian Turner (Buford) and 2019 defensive end commit Christopher Hinton (Norcross Greater Atlanta Christian) reside.
— Kurt Taylor (@KurtTaylorRb2) February 22, 2018
It’s no secret that Michigan has targeted Georgia as a recruiting foundation. While the Wolverines missed on linebacker Otis Reese when Reese flipped to the in-state Bulldogs on National Signing Day, they signed three players from the state in the 2018 class (Turner, cornerback Myles Sims, athlete Michael Barrett) and two in 2017 (Taylor Jr., defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon). Jones is the third player from the state committed to Michigan in 2019; besides Hinton, linebacker Charles Thomas, who plays at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is from Fairburn.
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“Every coach that has come through here from the University of Michigan, you can tell that they’ve done their due diligence,” Grayson coach Christian Hunnicutt told Land of 10. “They’ve done their backgrounds on all the players and they ask the questions that need to be asked in terms of what kind of football character do they have and what are the intangibles of each kid.
“They don’t get caught up on the measurables. They certainly do their due diligence.”
That will be key for any school not named Georgia to have success within the state. Georgia and coach Kirby Smart had the No. 1-rated recruiting class in 2018, according to the 247Sports composite, and isn’t looking to slow down its momentum following its runner-up finish in the College Football Playoff Championship Game in January.
“I think that Coach Smart and his coaches are absolutely relentless,” Hunnicutt said. “They clearly are passionate about recruiting. The University of Georgia under coach Smart has just thrown the hammer down and they’re leaving no stone unturned in making sure they ask all the questions about a player’s work ethic, about his character, what motivates this player to play at an elite level, and who are the five influencers of a player. The University of Georgia has done a tremendous job in their recruiting efforts.”
Wolverines offer Daequan Hardy
Michigan offered 2019 athlete Daequan Hardy of Pittsburgh Penn Hills on Monday. Hardy (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) plays cornerback and wide receiver for Penn Hills. He got the call while with trainer Dewayne Brown, who posted the video to Twitter.
@DaequanHardy getting @UMichFootball offer @Evolve2_10ths @EdOBrien247 @phqbclub @wpialsportsnews @Finestpreps @DC5StarAthlete @L10Ryan @MikePanther247 @SWiltfong247 @overtime pic.twitter.com/o1wq4MTvGD
— D Brown (@2_10ths) February 26, 2018
Hardy doesn’t have a ranking or star rating by the 247Sports composite, and his only two previous offers have come from Army and Toledo. But as noted above by Hunnicutt, Michigan coaches are good at doing their due diligence on players and aren’t relying on recruiting-service star ratings. According to his junior season highlight video, Hardy had 8 interceptions on defense to go along with 35 receptions for 769 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.
Detroit freshman gets Michigan offer
Catching up on other offers made by Michigan last week, the Wolverines reached out to 2021 offensive lineman Raheem Anderson from Cass Tech in Detroit. They also offered 2019 players Luke Deal of Greenwood, S.C.; Jalen Perry of Dacula, Ga.; Chester Kimbrough of New Orleans and Tyrique Stevenson of Homestead, Fla. Deal is a 3-star tight end, while Perry, Kimbrough and Stevenson are 4-star cornerbacks.
Perry committed to Georgia last Oct. 30 but if Michigan is going to be serious about recruiting in the state, it can’t shy away from potential battles with the Bulldogs.
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