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Michigan offer leaves Flint native James Wilborn Jr. in tears
After finishing his freshman year at Mount Morris High School in Flint, Mich., 2021 outside linebacker and tight end James Wilborn Jr. repeated the year at Avon Old Farms in Avon, Conn.
“I found out about Avon Old Farms through a guy named Mike Stoke, who was my AAU basketball coach,” Wilborn said. “He advised for us to go to prep school. He got me into Avon, I repeated freshman year and I’m going to be a sophomore.”
His parents still live in Flint, which made the transition to a new state difficult at times.
“It was hard at first, but I got the hang of things and ended strong,” Wilborn said. “I’ve traveled a lot when I was young and most of the time my parents couldn’t go without me, but sending me out there was what’s best for me.”
Wilborn made it a priority to get to Michigan’s Big Man Camp on June 18 before he heads back to Connecticut in August. In return, he received an offer.
— James Wilborn Jr. (@Jwilborn_) June 18, 2018
“I got the offer after from Coach [Jim] Harbaugh, even though I’m only going to be a sophomore,” he said. “Coach [Don] Brown and the other coaches put me with the 2019 class for the camp.
“I did a bunch of technique drills for about an hour trying to improve my game. I felt I competed very well against the 2019 class, but I know there’s much I still have to work on to get ready for the season.”
Wilborn’s response to the offer was one of shock. He shed tears of joy after picking up his first Division I scholarship offer.
“I was amazed,” Wilborn stated. “I’ve dreamed about this my whole life. Just knowing that my parents don’t have to pay for school is a blessing. I was so grateful and couldn’t hold back the tears of joy.”
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete plays linebacker and tight end, along with defensive end and wide receiver. He said he could see himself coming home for college.
“I’ve always been interested in going to Michigan because it’s my home,” Wilborn said.
He is scheduled to visit Michigan State on Thursday for the Rising Stars camp.
2019 WR/RB Khafre Brown puts Michigan in top 4
Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg 2019 4-star wide receiver and running back Khafre Brown was not in attendance for Michigan’s camp on Monday, but he did release his top 4, which included the Wolverines.
It’s been a long journey and I would like to first give all glory to god and thank everybody that has been in my corner and by my side through thick and thin …. I would love to thank all the schools that have offered me and trust and believed in my athletic ability top 4🤫 pic.twitter.com/gRuhZbEWyJ
— Khafre Brown (@khafre_brown) June 18, 2018
Along with Michigan, the 6-foot, 176-pound athlete put North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in his top list. He is being recruited as a wide receiver and not running back.
Brown is ranked No. 197 in the 2019 class, No. 33 at the wide receiver position and No. 6 in North Carolina, according to the 247Sports composite.
The receiver has visited Michigan once and is considered a heavy North Carolina favorite. That is where his younger brother, Dyami Brown, signed and played his freshman year as a member of the 2018 class.
2021 DE Jack Sawyer enjoys camp experience at Michigan
Pickerington (Ohio) North 2021 strongside defensive end Jack Sawyer was offered by Michigan on Jan. 29 and has visited twice.
The most recent visit was Monday for Michigan’s camp.
“We did some run-game technique and pass-game technique with the offensive and defensive line,” Sawyer said. “I got to work with Coach [Don] Brown and Coach [Al] Washington, so it was a really great day. Then we had one-on-ones for 45 minutes and it was pretty fun getting at it.
“Brown said it looks like I’ve made a lot of steps to get my body right. I’ve gained about 20 pounds of muscle since I last saw him. He said they obviously want me at Michigan.”
The 6-foot-5, 219-pound defensive lineman has offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State and Pitt.
He is seriously interested in the Wolverines and plans to return for a game in the fall.
“I really like Coach [Jim] Harbaugh, Coach Washington and Coach [Greg] Mattison. I came in, wanted to build relationships with them, and I think I did that.”
Other schools standing out to Sawyer include Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State. Michigan included, those schools are at the top right now.
Sawyer also has Michigan State and Penn State visits set for this week.
“I want to commit a little early,” Sawyer said. “It’ll probably be before my junior season or right after my season. I want to be an early enrollee.
“When I commit, I want to be committed fully. I’m not going to be checking out other schools.”
Sawyer has not gotten the at-home feeling for any school since it is so early in his recruitment but said he plans to keep that in mind going forward.
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