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Michigan typically offers a number of recruits this time of the year. The Wolverines went to the Sunshine State to offer two 2018 prospects on Thursday morning.
Here’s a look at two very different Florida recruits, but two to look out for with the Wolverines going forward.
William Barnes, 4-star OT, Apopka (Fla.)
A 4-star OT, according to the 247Sports composite, William Barnes is ranked as the nation’s No. 66 recruit.
Currently a Florida lean, based on the 89 percent favor of the Gators in the 247Sports crystal ball, it will be a tall task for the Wolverines to land Barnes. The last time Michigan got a commitment from an offensive tackle from Florida was in 2017 with Kai-Leon Herbert, who pledged to the Wolverines in the summer. But that didn’t last, and Herbert landed at Miami.
The 6-foot-3 Barnes isn’t big for his position, but he makes up for the lack of size with athleticism.
Michigan missed out on the big-framed tackles it wanted in 2017, but that doesn’t mean the Wolverines will look past smaller ones as talented as Barnes.
As far as his recruitment, those in Florida believe he won’t leave the state, but it’s not impossible. The top contenders to pull him away from home are Auburn and his mother’s alma mater, North Carolina.
Let Michigan get some time to develop a relationship and it might put itself in the mix.
Sammy Faustin, unranked S, Naples (Fla.)
With no rankings on Faustin, the recruiting services don’t have an opinion on him yet. Regardless, Michigan’s offer was his sixth overall. Faustin told Land of 10 that he received his offer from Michigan safeties coach Brian Smith after having a good phone conversation.
Lining up at corner in his film, Faustin lists himself as a safety at the next level. And, despite his film being at cornerback, the visuals showcase why he might want to make that switch.
He’s a phenomenal open-field tackler based on his film. He can be aggressive and jump a screen, or he can be conservative, but productive, in run support by limiting a potential big run to a couple of yards.
Faustin has blown up recently, with all of his offers coming since January of this year.
Jim Harbaugh’s staff is known for taking commitments from under-the-radar prospects early in a class. For example, current Wolverines CB Benjamin St-Juste was a 2-star prospect when he committed. By the time National Signing Day hit, he was a highly touted 4-star recruit.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Faustin has all the intangibles to have a similar rise in the rankings, but the message isn’t too clear just yet on how hard the Wolverines will go after him.