Michigan coaches were all over the map during the first few days of the open recruiting contact period; that includes a trip to Europe for defensive line coach Greg Mattison.
Land of 10 Michigan gives you a recap on what has happened for the Wolverines the past couple of days.
Julius Welschof gets in-home visit
Defensive end Julius Welschof told Land of 10 during an interview a couple weeks ago that he was expecting a visit from his future position coach, Mattison, soon. Mattison got to use his passport this weekend as he traveled to Miesbach, Germany, to meet up with the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Welschof, who has been one of the more intriguing signings of the 2018 class.
— juliuswelschof (@JuliusWelschof) January 14, 2018
Although Welschof will be playing catch-up with other players in this class, Michigan isn’t viewing him as a pure developmental project. Defensive coordinator Don Brown was very pointed during an interview session with reporters during Outback Bowl preparation that he believes Welschof could come in an contribute even as soon as his freshman season.
Otis Reese visits Central Michigan
Michigan has three players committed but unsigned for the 2018 class, most notably linebacker/safety Otis Reese. The 4-star prospect (according to 247Sports composite) from Leesburg, Ga., was in the state of Michigan this weekend, but it was to take a visit to Central Michigan. Reese’s older brother, Da’Quaun Jamison, plays for CMU.
Reese has said he also plans to take official visits to Michigan, Georgia, Clemson and LSU prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 7. He has not made any announcements as to when those visits will take place. Reese has been committed to Michigan since June of 2016 but has gotten a lot of attention from Georgia, causing some analysts to believe he will sign with the Bulldogs.
Reese has been quiet about his recruitment throughout the process.
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) January 14, 2018
Ronnie Bell shows off his hops
Before he committed to Michigan as a wide receiver, Ronnie Bell signed a letter of intent to play Division I basketball at Missouri State. Bell got a visit from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at Park Hill High School in Kansas City on Friday. If Harbaugh stuck around long enough, he got to see some of the athleticism and skill that made Bell worthy of a basketball scholarship. It’s the kind of athleticism that enabled Bell to catch 89 passes for 1,607 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior season.
If Harbaugh didn’t stick around that long, he can watch it here like everyone else.
— Aaron Bell (@abellboys) January 13, 2018
Wolverines go west
Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and director of recruiting Matt Dudek didn’t have as long a flight as Mattison, but they still went to the West Coast to catch up with a few players.
— Matt Dudek (@Thee_Matty_D) January 13, 2018
One of the players they met was 4-star offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson of Mission Viejo, Calif. Patterson told Brice Marich of 247Sports that the visit went well. Mission Viejo is also where 4-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin goes to school. Griffin is expected to make a visit to Ann Arbor next weekend.