It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are building their classes of the future. Check Land of 10 daily for the latest inside the Michigan recruiting room.
Michigan offers 2018 3-star OT Rafiti Ghirmai
Michigan has slowed its pace of sending out offers lately, but that didn’t stop the Wolverines from apparently offering Frisco City (Texas) Wakeland OT prospect Rafiti Ghirmai.
— Rafiti Ghirmai? (@RafitiGhirmai) March 6, 2017
Ghirmai has been blowing up recently, receiving offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia, LSU, and now Michigan within the last 10 days.
The 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, has seen his stock rise after his strong performance at The Opening regional camp in Dallas on Sunday morning, where he came out as one of the top two tackles there.
At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, Ghirmai is a tall, lean, tackle, but his biggest strength lies in his strong lower base matched with his upper body. Those two intangibles make for a solid skill set that allows him to push defensive ends from between the numbers all the way to the sideline.
He has two 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, though both have him picked to play for the in-state Texas Longhorns.
Michigan landed an offensive tackle from Texas in the 2017 recruiting cycle in Aledo 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga, one of the class’ U.S. Army All-Americans.
Ghirmai has the tools to make himself into a top-200 — even top-50 — prospect before he signs with a school. As for now, he’s sitting at No. 359 overall in the country in the 247 rankings.
2017 PF signee Isaiah Livers averages double-double, drops this highlight tape — you excited?
Michigan’s signing of Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High 4-star PF Isaiah Livers hasn’t been discussed as much as it may deserve to be.
He committed in mid-2016 and signed in November, so Livers has been a Wolverine-in-waiting for a while. But in the time since his signing, he has been putting on a show for his prep team.
247Sports’ second-ranked player in Michigan and No. 29 power forward in the country has his team at 17-3 this season, is a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Michigan (state player of the year), and is averaging this:
- 17.5 points, 14 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 blocks, 1.7 steals.
Livers is a good option as a sixth man next year for the Wolverines, as redshirt sophomore PF D.J. Wilson looks to have the starting position locked down after a great campaign thus far in the 2016-17 season.
The future Wolverine can be seen at Niles High on March 8, as his team begins the Michigan Class-A playoffs. The Wolverines have one signee in Livers, and two commits in 4-star SF Jordan Poole and 3-star G Eli Brooks, in its 2017 class.
One target remains, as the Wolverines hope to add the nation’s No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 power forward in Mohamed Bamba from Norristown (Penn.) Westtown School. Duke, Kentucky and Michigan sound to be the final three for Bamba.
He would be the first 5-star signee since now-senior Zak Irvin signed in 2013.