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2020 DT/OT Jayson Jones planning official visit to Michigan
Calera (Ala.) 2020 4-star defensive tackle and offensive tackle Jayson Jones has a commitment date scheduled for July 4, but he is considering Michigan since the Wolverines offered on May 5.
“I called Jim Harbaugh close to 10 p.m.,” Jones said. “He said they really loved me as a player and my build is remarkable. He said they wanted to throw their hat in and offer me.”
The 6-foot-5, 322-pound two-way player has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina, Southern Miss and Tennessee. Jones is “heavily” considering the Wolverines.
“Michigan is a great school,” he said. “The helmets are the best part.”
Jones plans to visit Alabama, LSU and Georgia soon. He also might check out Auburn and Florida State.
“Both [Alabama and Georgia] have a great staff and campus,” Jones said. “The people are amazing.”
Because Ann Arbor is much farther, Jones said he “probably” will visit Michigan for an official visit in the fall.
Even though Jones’ relationship with Harbaugh is just getting under way, he thinks highly of him.
“He’s an outstanding coach,” Jones said.
Jones is rated as the No. 28 player in 2020, fifth-best defensive tackle and the top overall prospect in Alabama, according to 247Sports.
It seems as if Alabama is the front-runner in Jones’ recruitment, mainly because he lives 60 miles from Tuscaloosa. Other teams that seem to be in contention are Georgia and Mississippi State.
Michigan, on the other hand, has a chance to impress Jones if he decides to take an official visit.
2020 WR Jadon Thompson to visit Michigan in early June
On May 8, Chicago Marist High School 2020 wide receiver Jadon Thompson was called out of class to talk with Michigan coaches Greg Mattison and Jim McElwain. The following day, he was extended an offer.
“After we talked for a little, I went back to class,” Thompson said. “The next day, my coach told me I have an official offer from Michigan.”
The 6-2, 160-pound receiver has offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue and Toledo, but he is “very serious” about the Wolverines.
Thompson plans to take an unofficial visit in the early days of June.
“I’ve always been a fan of the success of the program,” he said. “I want to see the campus and meet all the coaches. Jim Harbaugh is a well-respected man. Personally, he’s one of the best coaches ever.”
The rising wide receiver prospect plans to make a commitment after his junior season and will observe multiple factors before picking a school.
“Environment around the school, coaches, my role on the football team and education [are most important],” Thompson said.
Michigan has extended 111 2020 offers and Thompson knows a few of the players, but that will not play into his recruitment. The only way it would change anything is if one of the players he knows commits to the Wolverines.
Thompson made 49 receptions for 854 yards and 9 touchdowns in the 2017 season for Marist. He is ranked No. 350 in the 2020 class, No. 70 at his position and ninth best in Illinois, according to 247Sports.
5-star LB Brandon Smith to commit May 21
Penn State, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Alabama have recruited Mineral (Va.) Louisa County 2019 5-star inside linebacker Brandon Smith hard.
However, he will only pick one school when the time comes — May 21 at 5 p.m.
This part of the journey started as little kid. 🙏🏾📚🏈
*I will be announcing my commitment to______?
*When: Monday May 21st @5pm ⏰
*Where: LCHS Auditorium 📍
*The public is invited to join us.
*No interviews until May 21st. pic.twitter.com/ymhAlGMJKH
— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) May 13, 2018
Smith plans to make his decision in the school auditorium, and the public is invited to join him in the college selection.
Even though Michigan is in the mix, 92 percent of 13 247Sports Crystal Ball experts believe Smith will end up with Penn State. Smith is ranked No. 30 in the nation, No. 2 at his position and No. 1 in Virginia.
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