We’re two years away from recruits in the 2019 class making their final decisions. But that doesn’t mean Michigan can’t begin getting a head start with those prospects right now.
The Wolverines are doing exactly that in their recruitment of Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2019 WR DeMarcco Hellams. The only recruiting service to have ranked many 2019 prospects is Scout.com, which ranks Hellams as a 4-star prospect.
Hellams received an offer from the Wolverines on Jan. 18, his 10th scholarship offer. The likes of Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Tennessee have already offered the high school sophomore.
With a recruitment that’s likely to not end until the homestretch of National Signing Day 2019, Hellams has already been feeling some urgency from Michigan.
“I have talked with defensive coordinator Don Brown, and I plan to visit (Michigan) in the spring,” Hellams said. “The conversation went well. We talked about the history of the program, what Michigan has to offer more than just football.
“Coach Brown said (Michigan) liked me as an athlete, but if I went to Michigan, I’d be playing defense. He likes my size, speed and ability to play both ways.”
Michigan isn’t shy on recruiting athletes who can play both sides of the ball. Of Michigan’s 30 signed recruits in its 2017 class, 10 played both sides of the ball.
Hellams’ size at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds would give the Wolverines a solid weapon at three different positions: defensive end, linebacker and wide receiver. The message from Brown was to play defense, and with two years to grow, it’s likely that Hellams ends up as an end at the next level, if he chooses the Wolverines.
His relationship with Brown — along with the Wolverines being the only school exclusively recruiting him for defense — has Michigan standing out in a big way to the Maryland native, who also holds head coach Jim Harbaugh in high regard.
“Michigan is definitely a school that’s standing out,” he said. “I’m a fan of Coach Harbaugh, I like the personality he has … being able to relate to players, but also being a winner and a serious coach.”
It will be a long time until Hellams makes his decision. By this time next year, these 10 offers will likely have grown to 20-plus.
So, yes, while it’s true a 2019 recruit isn’t one who’s expected to have a decision any time soon, it’s a wise move by the Wolverines to get an important head start in the recruitment of one of their top targets in the 2019 class.
This won’t be the last time we hear about Hellams.