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.
Michigan offers Anaheim (Calif.) Servite 3-star S Julius Irvin
The Wolverines didn’t land a California prospect in their 2017 class. It was a different narrative in 2016, a class that featured three signees from the Golden State.
Michigan offered a new defensive back in the 2018 class on Tuesday morning in Anaheim (Calif.) Servite S Julius Irvin, a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) May 16, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 182-pound safety fits the bill for what the Wolverines are looking for in their defensive backs of the future: tall and rangy.
He shines most in his tackling ability, but he’s also pretty savvy in blitzing, something that defensive coordinator Don Brown loves to do.
Irvin’s speed and size combination is intriguing and what makes him such a highly offered prospect, despite being ranked as a 3-star recruit.
He has offers from the likes of Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington, among others. That’s a list that only some of the best prospects in the country can claim.
And now, he can add the Wolverines to that list.
As far as his recruitment goes, there’s only one school with a crystal ball prediction in for Irvin: Washington. The Huskies only have one prediction, so it’s not much to buy into right now.
With his recruitment getting so hot as of late, Irvin will likely take things slow before making any big decisions. So consider his recruitment mostly wide open, with a slight edge for the Huskies.
The most difficult part of recruiting any West Coast recruit for Michigan is getting him to visit, and getting him to leave home to commit to a school in the Midwest.
But, for what it’s worth, he is a fan of Michigan’s NFL team, the Detroit Lions.
— Irv2️⃣ (@JuliusIrvinn) April 29, 2017
Michigan offers Brunswick (Ga.) 2019 OT Warren McClendon
The Wolverines’ recruiting trek through Georgia continues this week, as Michigan offered another Peach State prospect, this one a tackle from the 2019 class.
Brunswick (Ga.) OT Warren McClendon is one of the hottest 2019 prospects on the market right now, as he already has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State, among many others.
The high school sophomore already has 18 offers, and only one isn’t from a Power 5 school. He added an offer from the Wolverines on Monday.
— Warren McClendon® (@wcmcclendonjr) May 15, 2017
McClendon, as a 2019 prospect, doesn’t have an official ranking from the composite yet, but the 247Sports solo rankings list him as a 4-star prospect and the country’s No. 218 overall recruit.
But something – beyond the offers from nearly every SEC school and his 6-foot-4, 270-pound stature – tells us he’s going to end being ranked a lot higher than he is right now.
He can pull like a guard, has extremely good footwork and has the power that every coach seeks in a Power 5 tackle.
Because of the power in his upper body, he’s really good in pass protection. But his legs move well enough to be as good, or better, in run blocking.
With so many offers to his name in the SEC, and him being from the South, it’s going to be tough for Michigan to become a serious threat for McClendon.
But names such as Myles Sims in the 2018 class (a 4-star prospect from Georgia) and Aubrey Solomon in the 2017 class (a 5-star prospect from Georgia) remind us that the Wolverines have been counted out for these kids before and prevailed.
Don’t count them out just yet.