Seattle O’Dea 2018 guard Griffin Korican signed with Oregon State on National Signing Day as a preferred walk-on.
Fast forward about four months, and it no longer seems as if Korican will be with the Beavers in the fall. As a matter of fact, it seems as if playing for Michigan in Ann Arbor is on the horizon.
“I signed a preferred walk-on with Oregon State and during my spring break [in April], I visited Michigan and talked with Coach [Ed] Warinner and he told me I could do a PWO [preferred walk-on] if they could get me into the school,” Korican said. “Long story short, they got me into Michigan and now I’m making a decision on where to go.”
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman said he is “pretty much” committed to Michigan, but is taking a visit on June 2 to solidify his feelings for himself and his family.
“It’s more for my parents, honestly,” Korican said. “They want to meet and talk with the coaches and I want to meet with some of the players and talk with the coaches again to make sure I’m making the right choice.”
As a 2-star prospect, Korican had offers from San Diego and the Colorado School of Mines before taking the walk-on offer from Oregon State. However, he thinks Michigan gives him a better chance to be successful.
“I feel like Michigan is the only opportunity I have earned where I will compete against the best every day, which will make me into the best player I can become,” he said. “I also really like Coach Warinner because of his old-school mentality and toughness he instills in his players.
“Oregon State is a great school and has some great coaches. There’s nothing specific to why it didn’t work out.”
Through conversations with Warinner, Korican said Michigan wants him to play guard during his time in Ann Arbor, but it depends on his development as a redshirt for the 2018 season.
“I feel redshirting is the best option for me to develop and learn the offense,” Korican said.
Along with going to Michigan in April, Korican also visited the Wolverines as a sophomore. He has been in contact with the staff for about two months.
The relationship between Korican and Michigan began when his uncle introduced him to a friend — defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
In the 2018 class, Korican was ranked No. 2,595, No. 118 at his position and No. 43 in Washington, according to 247Sports.
Barring his parents’ disapproval, which seems unlikely, Korican seems locked into Michigan just months after signing to play for the Beavers. He could be Michigan’s next diamond in the rough.
Michigan signed 19 players to scholarships in the 2018 class, including Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central 4-star tackle Jalen Mayfield and Traverse City (Mich.) West 4-star tackle Ryan Hayes.
Even though Hayes is listed as a tackle, he believes tight end will be his primary position for Michigan when he arrives on campus.
“They want me to come in as a tight end the first year and see what I can do and where my body is,” Hayes stated. “Then, they will see if they want to move me to offensive tackle.”