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Michigan’s presence in Italy — and the NFL draft — shows how much it has to offer in 2017
Call it a fluff topic. Call it hyperbole. But what team is doing as much as Michigan is doing right now?
While his former players are being taken in the draft in Philadelphia this weekend, Jim Harbaugh and his 2017 team are in Italy, soaking up all of the scenery and gelato they can — while playing some paintball, too.
— Ty Rogers (@_TyRogers_) April 25, 2017
So from Ann Arbor to Rome, and Philly in between, the Michigan Wolverines are truly all over the map.
All of these things are opportunities that are mostly unique to Michigan — even more so the closer the Wolverines get this weekend to the record for most players from one school taken in one draft (14). Opportunities are what sells recruits as much as any other factor.
A school offering trips to Rome, on top of a chance to be part of a draft class such as this one — that’s currently something that no school can compete with.
Of course, others school will eventually compete; schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Miami and most top-level Power 5 programs.
But as Year 3 of the Jim Harbaugh era begins, Michigan is making its successes on and off the field a huge factor in recruiting.
Expect this Italy trip’s huge presence on social media, along with all of the Michigan talk in connection with the draft, to resonate in a lot of Michigan recruiting targets’ minds.
And once Harbaugh & Co. return to the States, expect some momentum in recruiting — quickly.
Michigan coaches to work a camp with UCLA this summer
According to UCLA head coach Jim Mora, Jr., Michigan will be going side-by-side with the Bruins staff this summer in a camp near Los Angeles.
Not sure if it’s been announced, but Jim Mora just said Michigan coaches will work a UCLA camp this summer.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) April 27, 2017
This one is a bit ironic in that the announcement comes just four days after Michigan lost its top 2018 quarterback target, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, to the Bruins.
A 4-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite, Thompson-Robinson will likely be in attendance at the camp.
Awkward? Maybe. But is this camp a good idea? Absolutely.
We’re unsure of what’s going to end up happening to satellite camps once it’s all said and done — nothing should happen to them — but for the Wolverines to already be getting publicity on their plans to host a camp with a West Coast recruiting power such as UCLA is huge.
Some big-named West Coast recruits should be in attendance. Michigan isn’t allowed to recruit, but it can begin to build that familiarity while coaching some of these big-time West Coast targets that it’s after for the 2018 class, along with future ones.
Last year, Michigan took one of its camps to Antioch (Calif.), home of 2017 5-star RB Najee Harris. Of course, the Wolverines lost out to Alabama for him. But multiple sources told Land of 10 that it was that face-to-face time with, and coaching from, the Michigan staff that ignited Harris’ high interest in the Wolverines.
That camp with Harris led to him wanting to seriously visit Michigan’s summer Barbecue at the Big House. And as we all know, it was that visit that led to all of the drama in the world that Harris might end up committing to Michigan in the end.
Some names that could make their way Los Angeles that could end up at this camp?
— Amon-Ra (@amonra_stbrown) April 17, 2017
One of very few targets at wide receiver for Michigan in the 2018 class, Anaheim (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown hasn’t been to Ann Arbor since his freshman year when Brady Hoke was the head coach. The Wolverines are seen as a top-5 school here, but getting that face-to-face contact during this camp could result in a situation similar to that of Harris — but hopefully without the drama.
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) April 24, 2017
Arguably the nation’s best 2018 corner, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine 4-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart has been showing some love to the Wolverines on Twitter lately. A similar situation to St. Brown in that some face-to-face contact could do some big things for Michigan in recruiting the future star.