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A breakdown of 3 Michigan offers sent out Tuesday
Michigan’s football program got right to it upon its return from Italy. On Tuesday, it sent out three offers to a trio of prospects from one of its most targeted states as of late — Georgia.
The Wolverines already have three 2018 commits who hail from the Peach State. Now the formerly cold recruiting area is becoming a hotbed for the Big Ten program.
Let’s take a look at three Grayson High School 2019 prospects who received offers from Michigan. These sophomores play for one of the nation’s top high school football programs.
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 3-star S Kenyatta Watson II
Watson has no composite ranking, but according to 247Sports’ solo rankings, he’s seen as a 3-star, ranked as the Class of 2019’s No. 277 overall prospect.
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— Kenyatta Watson II (@ballhawk36) May 2, 2017
Watson committed to Florida State on April 8, following a visit to Tallahassee. At the time, his only other offers were from Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
With new offers rolling in — Michigan and Florida are on board — Watson might begin to take a look at the bigger picture in his recruitment. Oftentimes when a recruit commits early, with minimal offers, they tend to back off a bit when 10 or 20 schools join the fray.
Some actually de-commit, while others get more liberal with their visits. We could be seeing a similar situation with Watson.
So why did the Wolverines offer?
Watson is the prototypical defensive back that defensive coordinator Don Brown covets — big, long and rangy. That’s exactly what Brown, safeties coach Brian Smith and cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich look for in defensive backs.
At 6-foot-2, 177 pounds as a high school sophomore, Watson brings a lot to the table in size alone. His film is good, but raw. He has played against some of the top competition in the country at Grayson, a team ranked in the top-10 nationally nearly every year.
His ranginess and tackling ability is what stand out most. As a safety, he’s able to play some man coverage as well, but that won’t be his game at the next level.
For him to be able to play as many snaps as he did at Grayson as a sophomore speaks for itself. Expect Watson to be a prominent name on Michigan’s board as we get closer to the 2019 cycle next winter.
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 4-star OT Wanya Morris
Morris’ situation is nearly identical to Watson’s, except he’s ranked higher and has more offers.
Both sophomores saw significant playing time as underclassmen at Grayson. Morris and Watson committed to Florida State on the same day, and the Wolverines will have to hope they are open to taking visits despite the commitments.
Morris is ranked as the nation’s No. 74 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports solo rankings. He does not have a composite ranking.
The 6-foot-5, 268-pound sophomore shows a lot of promise, and with National Signing Day 2019 nearly two years away, the Wolverines will have time to insert themselves in this race.
Loganville (Ga.) Grasyon 4-star LB Kevin Harris
The last leg of the Grayson trio is an uncommitted 247Sports 4-star LB who shines with his athleticism.
Like Watson, he checks the boxes for what it takes to play his position at Michigan. The Wolverines eye great athleticism with good speed in their outside backers, and that’s exactly what Harris brings to the table.
He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 9 outside linebacker in his class and could see his stock rise if he has a successful junior season at Grayson.
Michigan has the best shot with Harris, as opposed to the other two, simply due to the fact he’s uncommitted.
Georgia and Tennessee are early contenders with the 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions, but this a wide-open race that the Wolverines were wise to join.