ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh welcomed three players who signed Wednesday with the Wolverines, as well as graduate transfer Casey Hughes and Shea Patterson, who transfered from Mississippi.
Harbaugh offered projections on wide receivers Michael Barrett and Ronnie Bell, two of Michigan’s more athletic signees. Harbaugh also outlined a position change for Ryan Hayes, a December signee.
Here’s what Harbaugh said about several members of the spring recruiting class and Michigan’s transfers.
Michael Barrett, Lowndes (Valdosta, Ga.):
“I envision him getting the ball in his hands. Wide receiver. Slot receiver. Running back. Those two areas, primarily for him.
“I spent time with Anquan Boldin, who was also a high school quarterback and a quarterback in college, and who eventually became a wide receiver. Somebody who can get the ball and make yards after the catch or yards after contact. A receiver who can run like a running back, and he also has the ability to be a running back. A lot of different areas where Michael can get the football.”
Ronnie Bell, Park Hill (Kansas City, Mo.):
“I love all his athletic ability. Start off with the production, 89 catches and close to [1,600] yards.
“Kansas City player of the year in football and also an excellent basketball player. Love the family. Love him. Production. Production, being the key thing.”
Ryan Hayes, Traverse City (Mich.):
“He’s got the ability to see where mother nature goes in his physical development. There’s a possibility of playing tackle and also tight end.
Casey Hughes, Utah:
“[His role is] another thing to be determined. With his ability to be a corner, also has the ability, by what makes up and complies our best secondary, to be a nickel or be a safety.
“He has the ability to play all those, and we’ll determine that when he gets here.”