Michigan had a good weekend with recruits. The Wolverines got a commitment from cornerback Te’Cory Couch of Hollywood, Fla., gave an offer to guard Zach Carpenter of Cincinnati while hosting several prospects even though the annual spring game was cancelled. Among those prospects was 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison of Lewis Center, Ohio, who was in Ann Arbor for the second time in the last month.
Michigan held a team scrimmage inside Al Glick Fieldhouse with recruits, many of the players from the 2018 class and team family members in attendance.
Couch is a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite who plays at Chaminade-Madonna Prep. He had previously been committed to Tennessee but that relationship had been seen as “soft” by recruiting analysts. Couch told 247Sports recently that Michigan and Miami were the two schools at the top of his list but he liked that Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown kept telling him he was the top cornerback on the Wolverines’ board.
He is the eighth player to commit to Michigan for 2019.
I thank god and my parents, and coaches for help lead me in making this difficult decision but I am proud to announce that I am flipping my commitment to the university of Michigan 〽️🔵#GoBlue 🔵 pic.twitter.com/LTcT06FZw7
— T©️(MD)⚠️ (@TecoryC_16) April 15, 2018
Carpenter plays at Archbishop Moeller and has a close friendship with 4-star 2019 commit Nolan Rumler of Akron Hoban. Rumler also visited last weekend. Carpenter is a 3-star prospect but he holds the distinction of being the first player to start at Moeller as a freshman and the only junior ever named a team captain. He was named first-team All-Ohio Division I as well as the USA Today All-Ohio first team last season.
Carpenter arrived in Ann Arbor on Friday and immediately met with offensive line coach Ed Warinner and coach Jim Harbaugh.
“We got a tour and sat in on some meetings then went out to dinner with coach Warinner and his wife,” Carpenter told Land of 10. “We got a chance to connect and see if I would fit in and if we’d be a good fit for each other. It looks like we are.”
Extremely thankful for the awesome hospitality during my visit to Michigan this weekend! Can’t thank @CoachJim4UM, @4Warinner, @CoachWash56, @_b_blanes, @Coach_Kugs, @PrinceRon, @Three_Matty_D and all the staff and players for an outstanding weekend!! #GoBlue @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/kZjcJ8SsGF
— Zach Carpenter (@CZach23) April 15, 2018
Saturday entailed a photo shoot, going over academics and then practice.
“It was everything and more of what I was expecting,” Carpenter said.
He said he wants to make his commitment announcement by early summer. He has also made visits to Indiana, Northwestern and Alabama, and is drawing interest from Mississippi and Clemson.
Besides Rumler, quarterback Cade McNamara was another 2019 commit who traveled to Ann Arbor for the weekend. McNamara, a 4-star prospect from Reno, Nev., was taking his official visit. Couch was also on an official visit, as was 3-star tight end Luke Deal of Greenwood, S.C., and 4-star wide receiver John Dunmore, a teammate of Couch.
What an awesome visit! Would like to thank Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the staff for having me on my official. #〽️ichigan Man pic.twitter.com/0KWQH2BhpF
— Cade McNamara (@Cademac12_QB) April 15, 2018
Quarterback Joe Milton, cornerback Myles Sims and defensive end Taylor Upshaw are early entry members of the 2018 recruit class. Tight end Mustapha Muhammad, running back Christian Turner and tackle Jalen Mayfield were among the other 2018 signees who visited.
— Larry Prout Jr BEAR (@coobles321) April 15, 2018