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Julian Fleming discusses early Michigan offer, his first
A typical high school freshman has plenty on their mind, but they are usually things such as trying to pass Algebra I, figuring out if the girl sitting next to you in class likes you, or complaining to your mom that the lunch she’s packing is simply too nutritious.
Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia Area High student Julian Fleming is no different; he has plenty on his mind in ninth grade. But as a budding star receiver, the Class of 2020 prospect has one other task on his plate: focusing on what college he’ll choose.
That stage hit its peak thus far on Monday afternoon, when Fleming got a call from a Michigan football staff member giving him his first Division I scholarship offer.
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“I was speechless,” Fleming said of his reaction to the offer. “He told me they were offering me a scholarship, and said they want me to visit Michigan soon.”
A whopping 36 receptions for 956 yards and 13 touchdowns was the damage that Fleming inflicted in his first year of high school, playing for his varsity team.
At 6 feet 3 and 175 pounds, Fleming has size and potential that is through the roof, leading to the offer from Michigan.
The Wolverines are getting a little bit more than just an “early start” with Fleming … they’re way ahead of the game, as they offered him before any other school got the chance.
Fleming will be a name to remember going forward in Michigan recruiting.
Michigan recruit reacts to Big Ten Championship
Michigan basketball hasn’t won the Big Ten Tournament since its now-vacated championship in the inaugural 1998 conference tourney. That statement has rung true for 19-years — until now. The drought came to a close on Sunday the Wolverines defeated Wisconsin in Washington, D.C. to win the Big Ten Tournament.
What did La Lumiere (Ind.) basketball star and Michigan commit Jordan Poole have to say about the win?
“They (Michigan) have been balling,” the 4-star Class of 2017 prospect said. “That win meant more than anything, to be honest. Back on the map, we are (laughs).”
Poole will become a Wolverine next season, and it’s an exciting time for future Michigan players, seeing their next team win a big title. For Poole, he is already as energized as a current player.
He said this to Land of 10 after Michigan won the now-famous “Practice Jerseys Game” against Illinois in their tournament opener Wednesday:
“Man … I thought they had two options: If they win then, they’ll be considered tough; if they lose, then they’d be considered soft,” he said with a laugh. “But to win in practice uniforms, and by 20, I think they need to stay in them.”
Of course, the Wolverines elected to go back to their game uniforms, but that didn’t change the energy and focus that Poole’s future team had.
The train kept rolling.
Does this help recruiting? For the current class, there’s only one target left: 5-star PF Mo Bamba.
Bamba, the nation’s No. 3 overall player, is down to a group of schools, but the main three are Duke, Kentucky and Michigan.
All three schools won their conference tournament.
That’s great company to choose from for Bamba, but it doesn’t rule nicely for the Wolverines in a race for a 5-star prospect, something Michigan hasn’t landed since the 2013 class with Zak Irvin.
For his part, Poole said he doesn’t think seeing Michigan cut down the nets in the nation’s capital Sunday probably had an effect on the recruitment of Bamba.
But, he offered these words about what Michigan has to offer heading into the tournament with a noticeably low 7 seed: “We have a chip on our shoulder. We play better with our backs against the wall.”