It’s the offseason, but recruiting never stops in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines are building their classes of the future. Check Land of 10 daily for the latest inside the Michigan recruiting room.
3-star RB Jashaun Corbin discusses new Michigan offer
Melbourne (Fla.) RB Jashaun Corbin received an offer from Michigan on Tuesday afternoon, announcing it via his Twitter account.
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The 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite, is one of the lower-rated 2018 prospects that Michigan has extended an offer to, as he stands as the No. 700 overall prospect nationally.
But his versatile style, starring in both the backfield and the slot at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, is reminiscent to that of Michigan freshman RB Chris Evans, making for an interesting look at how serious the Wolverines will recruit him.
Corbin spoke with Land of 10 on Wednesday about his offer.
“I was ecstatic … almost speechless,” he said of the offer. “(I talked) to Coach Jay Harbaugh. It was good conversation. He asked me what I felt separated myself from the others, and what are my best tools that I can utilize on the field.
“I said leadership, football IQ, hard-working, extremely competitive and respectable. Because he didn’t care about running, cutting, and catching etc. … He knew I could do that already.”
With an impressive offer list, including the likes of SEC schools Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, along with ACC powerhouse Florida State, perhaps the Michigan offer, despite Corbin’s low ranking, should come to no one’s surprise.
So how does this offer stack up against the others?
“This offer is definitely up there,” Corbin said. “(Michigan) will be very serious in my recruitment. Other schools standing out right now are Florida State, Oregon, Ole Miss, Utah, North Carolina and Tennessee.”
Corbin has no plans set in stone, but he is “certainly” looking to visit Michigan before he makes his mind up.
As far as his opinion on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s program, it’s a clear advantage for the Wolverines in his recruitment.
“(Jim Harbaugh is) the type of coach that the players love … he defends, and sticks up for, his players. He makes the program seem like a family. The program is top-notch. One of the best in the nation.”
One team can never have too many versatile backs, the kind that Evans is … and the kind Corbin can be.
It’ll be interesting to see how serious the Wolverines pursue Corbin, but it sounds like we won’t have an answer to that until at least after spring.
Michigan gets a Crystal Ball Prediction for 4-star S Shayne Simon
One of Michigan’s top safety targets in 2018, Jersey City (N.J.) 4-star S Shayne Simon, had his first 247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction selected on Wednesday, and it’s good news for those that are fans of the maize and blue.
One of the industry’s best, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong, put in the first prediction for Simon, and his Crystal Ball is on Michigan early on for the top-250 prospect out of one of Michigan’s deepest pipelines in the Garden State — St. Peters Prep.
With only five scholarship safeties in camp, one of them being an upperclassmen (Ty Kinnel) and one possibly moving to the viper position (Josh Metellus), the position will be one of Michigan’s priorities at which to grow moving forward.
A rangy, ball-hawking and blitz-savvy safety such as Simon is one great way to begin growing at the position. He has given Michigan a substantial edge for some time, but now the Wolverines have all the momentum it could dream of for Simon headed into the spring evaluation period.
Michigan’s strong connections in New Jersey birthed this relationship, and it’s only gotten sweeter as the clock ticked on.
And now, early on in the 2018 cycle, it’s the Wolverines’ recruitment to lose as it has a big lead on the competitors.
The other schools in the mix are Notre Dame, Army, Duke and Boston College. It’s unknown whether any other Power 5 powerhouses will get involved, other than the Wolverines and Irish.
But as of now, it’d be a big surprise if Simon ends up elsewhere.