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Michigan pushing for 2019 CB Mike Sainristil to flip commitment from Virginia Tech
Michigan hosted Everett (Mass.) 2019 3-star cornerback Mike Sainristil for an official visit last Friday and is seriously interested in the Wolverines, despite being a Virginia Tech commit.
“It was great to see the atmosphere of a big-time, big-time program because Michigan football history has been around for so long,” Sainristil said. “Everyone there was so welcoming and treated me really well.”
“Michigan showed me how people actually care,” Sainristil added about his visit to Ann Arbor.
Sainristil committed to the Hokies on Feb.9, but has offers from Virginia Tech, Boston College, Coastal Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
His primary recruiter at Michigan is defensive coordinator Don Brown, a Massachusetts native.
“He wasn’t even speaking for Michigan, he was just speaking in general when telling me to do research on other schools just in case I change my mind, even though I’m committed,” Sainristil said. “He hasn’t ever [badmouthed] anywhere else. He showed me [the] reality [I need] to succeed.
“Brown told me what I’d be able to do at Michigan as a student first and a football player.”
If Sainristil joined Michigan, he could play offense and defense. The coaching staff plans to use him as both a slot receiver and nickel back.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback is ranked the No. 63 cornerback and No. 2 prospect from Massachusetts in the 247Sports composite.
Update on 2019 5-star DE Zach Harrison
As reported by WolverinesWire’s Isaiah Hole, Ohio State is still the team to beat for Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy Orange 2019 5-star weakside defensive end Zach Harrison.
The Wolverines, however, are moving in the right direction.
“In talking to those in the know, our feeling is that, at this juncture, Michigan is no worse than second in his recruitment,” Hole wrote. “The unfortunate thing is that time is running short. Harrison has made multiple visits to Ann Arbor, but he’s to make a decision sometime in August.”
Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington and defensive line coach Greg Mattison are the lead recruiters for Harrison. For Ohio State, Kevin Wilson and Larry Johnson are in charge of pulling the 5-star prospect to the Buckeyes.
Harrison most recently visited Michigan on June 22.
The 6-6, 244-pound defensive lineman is ranked No. 4 in the nation, No. 3 at his position and No. 1 in Ohio in the 247Sports composite.
2019 RB Breece Hall puts Michigan in top 8
Wichita (Kansas) Northwest 2019 3-star running back Breece Hall tweeted his top 8 earlier this week, and the Wolverines made the cut.
So blessed to be able to play this game💯 Commitment next ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/YCva3Tvg13
— Breece Hall™ (@BreeceH) June 24, 2018
The 6-foot, 215-pound athlete had Iowa State, Tennessee, Nebraska, TCU, Rutgers, Missouri and Kansas State on his list, as well.
The next move for the 3-star prospect will be a commitment.
“The recruitment is still open to me, but these are the schools I’m most focused on,” Hall wrote in his tweet.
Hall is ranked No. 70 at his position and No. 5 in Kansas by the 247Sports composite.
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