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QB Sam Johnson puts Michigan in top 5
Michigan has one 2019 quarterback commit in Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 4-star prospect Cade McNamara, but another could come from within the Great Lakes State.
Walled Lake (Mich.) Western 3-star pro-style quarterback Sam Johnson put the Wolverines in his top 5 on Saturday.
— Sam Johnson 3 (@SJ3_theFuture) April 21, 2018
“[Michigan] is pretty important simply off the history and with it being my hometown school and my family growing up,” Johnson said. “Michigan fans are big.”
Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound signal caller, seems to have Michigan and Boston College as the two teams to beat. He plans to shut down his recruitment by May and aims to visit Ann Arbor one last time before he commits.
“I’m really close with Pep Hamilton,” Johnson said. “We talk pretty much every day.”
In the 2017 season, Johnson completed 111 of 189 passes for 2,115 yards, 23 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He also ran the ball 65 times for 263 yards and 5 touchdowns.
While Johnson might not be a favorite to star for the Wolverines, he would be a fantastic second quarterback commit to the 2019 class and should be able to push Michigan quarterback Joe Milton and commit McNamara in the future.
Michigan adds Connor Burrows as walk-on commit
The latest member of Michigan’s 2018 preferred walk-on crew is Zeeland (Mich.) West lineman Connor Burrows.
“I picked Michigan because they have a tremendous coaching staff and they do things the right way,” said Burrows, who plays tackle on both sides of the ball. “Ann Arbor has an incredible atmosphere for college football and unmatched tradition.”
The 6-2, 285-pound lineman pushed off opportunities from NAIA programs, Division III offers, an offer from Division II Hillsdale and a walk-on offer from Tulane.
— Connor Burrows (@Connor_Burrows3) April 22, 2018
Burrows spent a lot of time on his most recent visit with offensive line coach Ed Warinner and coach Jim Harbaugh. He found the two “easy to relate to” in terms of determination and positive personalities. Burrows also spent time with Carl Myers, who committed to Michigan as a preferred walk-on in 2015 to participate in football and track.
Even though Burrows will be a walk-on freshman in the 2018 season, he has the skill set to move up over time. With his quickness off the line and ability to create holes for running backs, Burrows has a shot to be a surprise player in a few years.
Enzo Jennings talks ‘dream’ offer from Michigan
In 2020 recruiting class news, Oak Park (Mich.) 4-star athlete Enzo Jennings picked up an offer from Michigan on Thursday. It was the school he has had at the top of his list since he was young.
“Going from watching Michigan every Saturday to getting an opportunity to play there is crazy,” Jennings said. “Michigan has always been a favorite of mine and I love the overall energy that comes with Wolverine football.”
The 6-2, 175-pound sophomore has offers from 12 other schools, including Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson.
According to 247Sports, Jennings is the No. 3-ranked 2020 prospect in Michigan, behind teammate and 4-star guard Justin Rogers and West Bloomfield 4-star safety Makari Paige.
Jennings said he will make a commitment after the 2019 season. Michigan is “definitely high” on his list.
For now, Michigan does not yet have a commitment to the 2020 class. Adding Johnson, however, could open the floodgates to bring in Rogers and other future standouts at Oak Park.
The last Oak Park graduate to attend Michigan for football was tackle Ja’Raymond Hall, who transferred to Central Michigan at the end of 2017 following his freshman season.
While it’s not clear if Michigan is the front-runner for Jennings, all signs point to him taking the Wolverines to the end with other top programs.
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