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Wolverines investing in Show Me state
Michigan went into Missouri to sign a pair of highly productive but largely unheralded 2018 players in running back Hassan Haskins of Eureka and wide receiver Ronnie Bell of Kansas City. The signings were a bridge into the 2019 and 2020 classes.
The Wolverines took a couple steps onto that bridge Wednesday when they offered 2019 tackle Jack Buford and 2020 guard Kevon Billingsley of Lutheran North High School in St. Louis.
— Carl Reed (@CoachReed314) February 14, 2018
Buford is rated a 3-star prospect by the 247Sports composite but should expect to see his recruiting stock rise as the year progresses. Buford (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) hadn’t played football since grade school for various reasons until returning last season. He’s already received offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois and Iowa, among others.
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Billingsley (6-4, 245) has received offers from Oklahoma, Iowa State, Illinois and Georgia. The pair helped Lutheran North reach the Missouri Class 2 state semifinals last season.
Texas big man in Michigan’s sights
It’s no secret that recruiting for the offensive line is a priority for the Wolverines in 2019. Michigan added its name to the list of schools interested in 4-star prospect EJ Ndoma-Ogar of Allen, Texas. Ndoma-Ogar is a 6-2 1/2, 305-pound guard at one of the top high school programs in the country.
He has received 38 offers, including from Alabama, Oklahoma and Southern California. Ndoma-Ogar won MVP honors last month at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine.
Georgia DE gets offer from Wolverines
The Wolverines extended an offer to defensive end Colby Wooden of Archer, Ga., on Wednesday. Wooden is rated a 3-star prospect, but the 6-3, 225-pound rising senior also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan State and Auburn.
— COLBY W (@CJW_21) February 14, 2018
Pep talk in DMV
Michigan lost out on Washington, D.C., quarterback Kevin Doyle when he de-committed on Super Bowl Sunday, but the Wolverines will continue to recruit the area. Passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton will speak at coaches clinic at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., on Saturday.
DeMatha is a member of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference along with St. John’s College, where Doyle played. Michigan has had success recruiting in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) area. Senior tackle Grant Newsome is from McLean, Va.; sophomore defensive end Luiji Vilain played at Episcopal in Virginia; and sophomore linebacker Jordan Anthony is from Silver Spring, Md.
One of Michigan’s top targets in the 2019 class is tackle William Harrod of National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Md.
— Elijah Brooks (@DMCoachBrooks) February 14, 2018
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