Michigan commit Emil Ekiyor comments on NFL combine impact
The majority of recruits will tell you that their No. 1 priority when making their college choice is to eventually get to the NFL.
Michigan nearly set a record by sending a monstrous 14 former players to this year’s NFL combine. So what does that do for the program’s future?
Land of 10 reached out to an already committed prospect in Cathedral (Ind.) OG Emil Ekiyor, a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
Ekiyor said this about Michigan’s big numbers at the combine:
“It shows how great Jim Harbaugh and his staff are,” he said. “It helps (uncommitted prospects) understand how Coach Harbaugh sends people to the NFL.”
Michigan’s 14 NFL combine invites tied a record with Ohio State in 2014.
Top 100 DE Nik Bonnito still high on Wolverines
In a recent interview with 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas DE Nik Bonnito, a 4-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite, broke down his recruitment, including some important bits on the Wolverines.
Here’s some quotes from the country’s No. 98 overall prospect, and a former heavy Michigan lean who backed off a bit after the commitment of 4-star DE Aidan Hutchinson.
“I am hearing from them,” Bonnito told Bartow. “Both their defensive line coach and defensive coordinator hit me up and came by my school earlier in the year. Now a lot of schools are starting to recruit me a little bit more so everybody’s getting a fair shot right now.”
Bonnito added that Alabama, Louisville and Kentucky want him to play both basketball and football at the next level and are recruiting the dual-sport athlete hard. The Wolverines haven’t added that as an option.
The other school in the mix is Oregon, while Florida has a Crystal Ball prediction as well.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball shouldn’t be taken as a serious factor right now, but the two schools with predictions are Florida and Michigan.
Bonnito is the No. 4 overall WDE prospect in the country, and the No. 24 overall prospect in Florida.