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Michigan could be next to offer 2019 S Dane Belton
Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit 2019 3-star safety Dane Belton believes Michigan could be the next school to extend him a scholarship offer. He hopes for an offer from the Wolverines “soon.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back has quite the offer list: Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Marshall, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rutgers, Samford, South Dakota, Temple, Toledo, Tulane, UCF, USF, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Western Kentucky.
Despite having 24 offers, Belton has his eyes set on Michigan, led by coach Jim Harbaugh.
“I love the [Michigan] program as a whole,” Belton said. “Coach Harbaugh is a legendary coach who has helped numerous people get into the league. I love the tradition they have and the fans.
“What attracts me the most is they are the No. 1 school for what I want to major in, which is kinesiology.”
Michigan tight ends coach Sherrone Moore went to Jesuit High School a few months ago and had a chance to meet with Belton.
“I’ve talked to coach Moore when he came down to my school,” he said. “We talk over text as well. He said they’ve done their research on me and really like me.”
As for a trip to Michigan, Belton hopes to make it happen in the early stages of June. He is already visiting Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana and Toledo, so swinging through Ann Arbor is a likely possibility.
“I’m trying to go up there [as soon as Wednesday] because I’m going to a few other schools around there next week,” Belton said at the time.
He said Ohio State and Michigan State are close to extending him a scholarship.
Belton is ranked No. 678 in the nation, No. 56 at his position and No. 92 in Florida, according to 247Sports composite.
Michigan OL target Jack Buford picks Missouri
Saint Louis Lutheran North 2019 4-star tackle Jack Buford is staying home, as the No. 359 prospect committed to Missouri on Wednesday.
“Jack is as good as any offensive lineman in the country,” Lutheran North coach Carl Reed said to 247Sports’ Allen Trieu. “I think he’s a 4- or 5-star guy. He’s been offered by the blue bloods so they obviously agree with me. What’s good about Jack is he brings a lot of versatility to the offensive line. He’s big enough to play inside as a guard or center and he’s athletic enough and long enough to play tackle on the perimeter and block the speed rushers. He’s a good high school basketball player with unbelievable feet.”
Michigan offered Buford on Feb. 14 and he was enjoying the “love” from the Wolverines throughout the following months.
“I’m interested in who is interested in me, to be honest,” Buford said in May. “I know Michigan is interested in me because [graduate assistant] coach Patrick Kugler does a good job of keeping in touch with me.”
Buford never ended up picking the Wolverines or taking a visit to Ann Arbor, as he planned to just a month ago.
“This decision was not easy,” Buford said at his announcement, according to Sean Williams of PowerMizzou.com. “I would like to thank all 32 schools who offered me a chance to be part of their universities … I can only go to one school. I would like to announce that I am 110 percent committed to the University of Missouri.”
Michigan has 2019 offensive line commitments from Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 4-star guard Nolan Rumler, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 4-star tackle Trente Jones, Cincinnati (Ohio) Archbishop Moeller 3-star guard Zach Carpenter, Paw Paw (Mich.) 4-star tackle Karsen Barnhart and New Canaan (Conn.) 3-star tackle Jack Stewart.
Buford is ranked No. 359 in the nation, No. 35 at his position and No. 8 in Missouri, according to 247Sports composite.
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