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Jumping Julius Welschof
Land of 10 has kept you updated on the story of 2018 signee Julius Welschof, the defensive end from Germany, since he came upon the Wolverines’ radar last summer during a camp in Ann Arbor.
Welschof brings a unique blend of athleticism along with his 6-foot-6, 250-pound body. It’s an athleticism that developed over his years of playing soccer, tennis and skiing before he took up American football four years ago.
There are several examples of Welschof’s skill set on his Twitter timeline, but the latest one comes from Brandon Collier, his coach at Premier Players International.
— Premier Players INTL (@PPIRecruits) January 29, 2018
Welschof signed with Michigan during the early signing period in December, flipping a commitment he made to Georgia Tech. The Wolverines made a late push for Welschof and got his attention. He saw them practice in Rome last year, and now is preparing to be part of practices this summer.
Reading between lines: Otis Reese‘s visit to Georgia
Jeff Sentell of DawgNation reports that Otis Reese “appeared to enjoy himself” during his official visit to Georgia this past weekend.
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Reese is one of five players committed to Michigan but remains unsigned with National Signing Day approaching on Feb. 7. He is the highest-ranked among the five, according to the 247Sports composite, at No. 87 nationally and No. 5 at outside linebacker. The 4-star prospect committed to the Wolverines in June 2016 and told Land of 10 last spring that they are looking at him to play viper, the hybrid linebacker/safety position in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme.
Reese has been quiet in regard to his recruitment, choosing not to grant interviews. He has only sporadically posted updates on Twitter, as he did after taking his official visit to Michigan on Jan. 20.
— O Dog™.. (@otisreese13) January 21, 2018
Georgia has signed two linebackers to its class: Adam Anderson, the top-ranked outside linebacker in the 2018 class, and Channing Tindall, the No. 5-ranked inside linebacker. The Bulldogs also are pursuing Quay Walker, the No. 2-ranked outside linebacker. They have signed 20 players and have limited room left in the class.
How all that plays into Reese’s thinking is anyone’s guess. The one thing Michigan has going for it is a long-standing relationship with Reese. The Wolverines aren’t backing away.
Wolverines add 2019 in-state offers
Michigan has made offers to a few more in-state players in the 2019 class. It offered linebacker Marcel Lewis of Chippewa Valley earlier this month, and defensive end Michael Fletcher of Carman-Ainsworth High School in Flint received an offer this past weekend. Fletcher was on campus for an unofficial visit.
BLESSED to receive an offer from THE University of Michigan! 💛💙 pic.twitter.com/vK3NPfJnVs
— Michael Fletcher (@bigmike810_) January 27, 2018
The Wolverines also offered defensive end Adam Berghorst of Zeeland East and offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart of Paw Paw during visits this past weekend.
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