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2020 ATH Daniyel Ngata talks Fortnite and football with Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh
During his sophomore year of high school, Folsom (Calif.) 2019 4-star wide receiver Joe Ngata’s recruitment started to heat up.
Now, his younger brother, 2020 4-star athlete Daniyel Ngata, is following suit.
Daniyel’s most recent offer is from Michigan, as he was put in contact with running backs coach Jay Harbaugh.
“We had a very funny conversation and good talk,” Daniyel said of his phone call with Harbaugh. “He had surprised me at the end of the call with an offer. It means so much to me and I was super excited.”
The “good talk” portion of the conversation consisted of football. Meanwhile, Daniyel found it funny because the two spent a portion of their time talking about Fortnite, a survival game that went viral after its release in September 2017.
“When I had called him, I was playing Fortnite, so we were just talking about that,” Daniyel said. “[He doesn’t play] but said all the players are Michigan are always online.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound multipurpose player also has offers to play for Alabama, Arizona State, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Oregon, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
“I’m very interested in Michigan,” Daniyel said. “Ever since seventh grade, they’ve just had that spot in my heart.
“I love everything about Michigan and the way they play their football, stadium and jerseys. Picking my school for the next level is much bigger than that, so I will have to take a visit down there one of these days to find out.”
Right now, Daniyel is not focused on visits. However, he plans to make the trip to Ann Arbor at some point. Once Daniyel gets there, he will aim to check off multiple boxes.
“I’m going to be looking for how the coaches are around their players, how Michigan can prepare me to be a better player and person on and off the field and I want to see if they are a good fit for me,” he said. “I’m focused on school right now since the year is about to end. Every [college] recruiting me is kind of at the same level.”
When talking football with Harbaugh, the running backs coach said Daniyel reminded him of Michigan junior Chris Evans.
“Harbaugh said I run exactly like him and am the same height,” Daniyel said.
Daniyel, along with already having a solid bond with Harbaugh, knows Michigan 2019 quarterback commit Cade McNamara because he used to live in Reno, Nev.
“That’s my hometown, so I know everyone around there,” he said. “Cade is committed to Michigan and is from there, but we just know of each other. We don’t really talk but we know each other since we grew up in the same hometown.”
When asked if McNamara being committed to Michigan changes anything for Daniyel, he said, “Maybe, but not really.”
Daniyel’s brother, Joe, also has an offer from Michigan. Joe is ranked No. 70 in the 2019 class, No. 13 at the wide receiver position and is the 12th-best in California, according to 247Sports composite. He has 24 total offers.
With his recruitment just heating up, Daniyel is ranked No. 151 in his class, 14th-best among his position group and is rated No. 18 in California, according to 247Sports.
2019 TE Erick All ‘very much’ considering Michigan
Fairfield (Ohio) 2019 3-star tight end Erick All picked up an offer from Michigan and is now “very much” considering the Wolverines.
“I was in class and my coach told me to come to his office,” All said. “He told me Michigan was offering. I just feel blessed.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has sent many tight ends to the NFL, which is appealing to All. The most recent Wolverines tight end to make it to the NFL was Jake Butt, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
“I just know that Jim Harbaugh is known for using tight ends,” All said. “[Michigan is a] really good school for tight ends.”
Along with having a high interest in Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 225 pound All likes Wisconsin, Iowa and Wake Forest. Last season, Wake Forest tight end Cam Serigne caught 35 passes for 444 yards and 8 touchdowns.
“Wake Forest [is special] because they are really good with tight ends,” All said. “Last year, they had the best tight end in the ACC. I like Wisconsin because they are good with tight ends and Iowa is known as tight end U.”
All plans to visit Michigan in the near future to learn more about the program.
The tight end is ranked No. 647 in the nation, 26th-best at his position and No. 31 in Ohio, according to 247Sports composite.
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