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Georgia on Michigan’s mind
Christian Turner was part of a successful and talented offensive backfield at Buford (Ga.) High School before signing with Michigan during the early signing period on Dec. 20. The Wolverines made an offer Wednesday to one of his teammates.
Michigan has offered 2019 running back Derrian Brown. Brown teamed with Turner and Tennessee commit Anthony Grant to lead Buford to the Georgia Class 5A state semifinals. The trio combined to gain more than 2,500 yards on the ground, with each of them rushing for more than 800 yards.
— Derrian Brown ®🕊 (@BrownDerrian) January 16, 2018
Brown is the second 2019 Buford player to hold an offer from Michigan; the Wolverines also are recruiting tackle Harry Miller. Both players are considered 4-star prospects by the 247Sports composite.
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Not too far from Buford is Grayson High School, where 2017 running back Kurt Taylor Jr. played and helped win the Class 7A state title as a senior.
Michigan has gone back to Grayson and offered 2019 teammates wide receiver Kenyon Jackson and offensive/defensive tackle Trente Jones.
— T R E N T E J O N E S🥀 (@trentejones01) January 16, 2018
Wolverines offer top tight end
It is no secret how important tight end is to the Michigan offense. The Wolverines have offered Hudson Henry of Little Rock, Ark., the top-ranked tight end in the 2019 class.
I’m excited to announce that I have offered by the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/aMYMt2gyWw
— Hudson Henry (@hudsonhenry84) January 16, 2018
The Wolverines could have as many as seven tight ends on scholarship next season, including 2018 signees Mustapha Muhammad and Luke Schoonmaker. They played five players at the position last season. Sean McKeon, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2018, led the team with 31 receptions and 3 touchdown grabs, and his 301 yards were third on the Wolverines. Zach Gentry, who will be a redshirt junior, had 17 receptions for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Chris Partridge has unfinished business
Chris Partridge tells Darren Cooper of NorthJersey.com that he came back to Michigan as an assistant coach partly out of loyalty to Jim Harbaugh and partly because he wasn’t happy with how things went last season. The Wolverines went 8-5, losing their final three games against Wisconsin, Ohio State and then South Carolina in the Outback Bowl after having the lead in the second half of each game.
“I don’t like to leave things unfinished,” Partridge is quoted as saying in the story. “And I definitely feel like we’re very close. I want to win and I want to win at Michigan.”
Partridge has been a valuable member of Michigan’s staff since joining in early 2015 after coaching at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic. His work as a recruiter earned him national recognition as Recruiter of the Year by Scout in 2016 and 247Sports last year. Partridge is one of the lead recruiters in Michigan’s attempts to sign 4-star prospects defensive lineman Tyler Friday of Ramsey, N.J., and linebacker/safety Otis Reese of Leesburg, Ga.
“I think it’s good to have some loyalty, guys are always jumping around from job to job, but Coach Harbaugh gave me my opportunity, and I wanted to be loyal to him, too,” Partridge told Cooper. “At some point, there will be a bigger job out there, but I just don’t think that time is now.”
Michigan, Ohio State pursuing Wisconsin QB commit
Graham Mertz is a 2019 quarterback committed to Wisconsin, but the 4-star Kansas City-area prospect is getting interest from other Big Ten teams, including Michigan. The Wolverines offered Mertz a scholarship on Dec. 16, and Harbaugh and new assistant coach Dan Enos visited him last Friday at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan.
It was great to meet Michigans @CoachJim4UM and @CoachDanEnos today. I Always love sitting around talking about our players and talking some ball! It was fun getting on the board and showing you what the Mustang offense does! Safe Travels! pic.twitter.com/ZO6ZH8Xd7j
— Coach Sims (@CoachAndySims) January 12, 2018
The Wolverines and Badgers aren’t the only ones interested in Mertz. Ohio State offered him on Wednesday.
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