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Michigan offer surprises 2020 CB Lamareon James
Norfolk (Va.) Christian 2020 cornerback Lamareon James’ primary recruiting contact from Michigan is defensive backs coach Michael Zordich. On May 11, the Wolverines became the second program to offer the rising prospect after visiting him at his school.
“It came to me as a surprise,” James said. “I’ve heard great things about Michigan, but I didn’t know they were coming to see me.”
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback has Division I offers from Michigan and Maryland. He plans to keep his interest level in the Wolverines high for his entire recruitment.
“I like Michigan a lot,” James said. “I’m interested in them and they will definitely be on my radar.”
Along with obvious interest from the Wolverines and Terrapins, James is being looked at by Duke, Temple, Boston College, N.C. State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Old Dominion.
“I want a great academic support system and coaches that I can trust and build a bond with,” he added. “I want that home feeling.”
Since James is waiting for the “home feeling,” he said he will not rush his commitment. He is going to give it a year and a half before deciding on where he will spend the following three to four years.
“I’ll probably make my commitment by the end of my senior football season,” James said.
In his 2017 sophomore season for Norfolk Christian, James carried the ball 102 times for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns. He made 24 receptions for 568 yards and 6 scores.
In 23 basketball games, James averaged 16.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
James does not have a dream school but does have a dream to play in the NFL. He has recognized the talent developed and sent to the league by the Wolverines.
“I know Michigan has a great coaching staff and I know they love players that can play multiple positions,” James said. “Also, they have sent a ton of players to the NFL.”
The cornerback from Virginia is the type of player who has the potential to develop into a 3-star or 4-star prospect by the end of his recruitment. Since everything got off to a slower start than normal, Michigan has put itself in an excellent position by throwing in an early offer.
As long as James’ visits to Ann Arbor go well, the Wolverines’ early offer could play a pivotal role on commitment day.
2020 OT Seth McLaughlin plans to ‘check everything out’ at Michigan
Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner made his way to Buford (Ga.) High School to check out a few prospects. Following Warinner’s visit, 2020 take Seth McLaughlin had an offer from the Wolverines in hand.
“I shook hands with Coach Warinner and he just said he liked my film,” McLaughlin said. “Then, he told Coach [John] Ford [of Buford] he wanted to offer me, so I heard through coach. It was a huge honor.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound tackle has offers to play for Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, N.C. State, North Carolina and South Carolina.
“Schools aren’t allowed to contact me directly yet, so it will be interesting to see who is going to recruit me hard or just offer me,” McLaughlin said. “Generally, at this point, the only relationship I have with schools are the offers themselves. It’s going to be fun to see how it all plays out.
“I don’t have a dream school, so I’m just going to take a lot of visits to see where I’d like best.”
Speaking of visits, McLaughlin said he plans to get to Ann Arbor sometime before his recruitment ends to “check everything out.” He is also excited to meet coach Jim Harbaugh.
“Coach Harbaugh is great from what I’ve heard,” he added. “Michigan is always competitive in football.”
McLaughlin, who has lived in Georgia all his life, is open to playing at a school in the northern part of the United States. Michigan is his only school in the north so far.
“Cold weather doesn’t both me much,” McLaughlin said. “Saying that, I’ve never faced anything like the Michigan snow and cold.”
“I’d say I’m athletic for a big man and can move well,” McLaughlin said. “I’ve got to get much stronger in order to really impose my will on people during games.”
Buford (Ga.) 2021 pro-style quarterback Aaron McLaughlin is not related to Seth, but the two have a couple of things in common — the same last name, same high school and an offer from Michigan.
Seth has not yet talked to Aaron about Michigan, but hopes the two will visit Ann Arbor together at some point. Aaron said he wants to visit and is still interested in the Wolverines.
“I am interested,” McLaughlin said. “It’s just hard for me to get up there and visit. It’s just a program with such a great tradition and Coach Harbaugh is an amazing person and coach.”
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