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Michigan offers Richmond (Texas) Bush High 4-star S Jamal Morris
With assistants on the road during the evaluation period, Michigan is getting after it in offering an abundance of 2019 prospects.
The Wolverines offered a new sophomore on Wednesday morning in Richmond (Texas) Bush High S Jamal Morris, as Morris reported on Twitter.
— Jamal Morris (@KinngMorris) May 17, 2017
Things are beginning to heat up for Morris, as he’s received three offers in the past seven days from Baylor, Iowa State and, now, Michigan.
He only claims four offers to his credit at the early stages of the game for the high school sophomore. That number will continue to grow as the season approaches, with so much momentum and big schools offering the Texas prospect.
Without a 247Sports Composite score yet — as most 2019 prospects don’t — Morris is rated Morris as a 4-star recruit and the nation’s No. 225 overall prospect by the 247Sports solo rankings.
He, like most defensive backs Michigan has offered since defensive coordinator Don Brown’s arrival last winter, is a big defensive back. He stands a little taller than 6 feet, 1 inch and weighs 180 pounds.
He’s the big and rangy safety that the Wolverines continue to seek out for their future classes.
Morris’ recruitment is so premature that it’s hard to read what exactly he is looking for in his future school. But despite that, his fit into Michigan’s defense should warrant at least some interest in the Wolverines. And that could result in a visit in the future.
The two in-state schools to offer thus far — Baylor and SMU — could be schools that get visits early due to their proximity to his home.
Dallas Gant is a Buckeye, so who will Michigan target now at linebacker?
In case you missed it, one of top recruits in the Class of 2018 committed to Ohio State on Monday afternoon.
Toledo (Ohio) St. John’s Jesuit 4-star OLB Dallas Gant chose the Buckeyes, announcing at his school and via a video with Land of 10’s own Jeremy Birmingham.
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) May 16, 2017
Gant was Michigan’s top target at linebacker since offering him earlier in the process. Being just 45 minutes away from his hometown, the Wolverines were able to get Gant up for a couple visits and inevitably inserted themselves as one of the top schools for the national talent.
But no school was ever going to beat out the Buckeyes for Gant, who many believed had his decision made up for quite some time now.
With Gant now officially a Buckeye, who can the Wolverines turn to, to fill the void at outside backer?
Here’s a look at a couple of names to keep an eye on.
Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 4-star OLB/S Shayne Simon
The latest: Simon can play at both outside backer and safety. Word is that the Wolverines would like to place him at safety, if they were to land him. But missing out on Gant might lead to trying him out at the spot he’s listed at in high school. His 6-3 frame is one of the most intriguing aspects of any defensive back on Michigan’s 2018 board.
He favors Michigan currently, but it’s a slight edge that the Wolverines will have to work to keep, battling the likes of Notre Dame and Stanford for a recruit who values academics more than anything else.
Columbus St. Francis De Sales 3-star OLB Brian Asamoah
The latest: As the No. 497 overall prospect, Asamoah doesn’t jump out to fans as a name that should be a priority, at least rankings-wise. But after watching him work in person at The Opening Cleveland, he’s the real deal and deserves a big rise in the rankings, which should be coming around soon.
He took home linebacker MVP at the event — one that Gant attended, for what it’s worth — and should be a focal point for the Wolverines going forward. Michigan would have to battle Cincinnati, Kentucky and Penn State; the Nittany Lions own the most recent Crystal Ball prediction while the Bearcats have the most, though all are outdated.
Some new names should surface soon, but as for now, those are the only two prospects that we consider realistic options for the Wolverines.