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Michigan commit O’Maury Samuels, a 4-star running back at Los Lunas (N.M.), had a spectacular game Friday night. He finished with 206 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns — a performance Wolverine fans will love.
Samuels will take official visits elsewhere this fall, including one to USC. An official visit elsewhere may sometimes be a bad thing, but that’s not how coach Jim Harbaugh runs his program. It’s become typical for Michigan commits to feel comfortable taking visits, unlike when Brady Hoke was still the coach. Hoke did not allow commits to take visits. These are free trips for the players; there’s no reason they shouldn’t take advantage of them. If they want to stay committed to a school, then visiting others and realizing the one you committed to is still the best is a good way to do that.
Don’t fault the kids for this. If someone told you that you could take a free trip to USC — we would all take it.
As for when Samuels will visit Ann Arbor again, he’s not sure. He knows he’ll make it, but says it will be “sometime soon” after he figures out some logistics.
Looking back on Chris Evans’ recruitment
Coming out of Indianapolis doesn’t always scream stardom in college football. The Florida, Ohio, Texas and California prospects are the players that get fans amped up when they commit to their school. For Michigan’s Chris Evans, he’s just a guy from Ben Davis who became an instant star.
As a lower-rated 4-star running back, Evans was left out of the top 300 players in the country. He had arguably the biggest performance in the Big Ten by a true freshman when he busted Hawaii’s defense with eight carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns in the home opener. Of all his plays, none were more explosive than this one:
Davis wasn’t a national recruit. He wasn’t offered by any Power Five school outside of the Big Ten. The schools that recruited him the closest were Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Ohio State.
He grew up a Buckeyes fan, and his story is similar to that of Ohio State running back Mike Weber’s. Weber grew up a Wolverines fan, but at the end of his recruitment he decided to play for the Buckeyes because of complications with the Michigan’s decision to sign another running back on signing day.
Evans chose the Wolverines; the Buckeyes never recruited him hard, and only offered him in January — just a month before signing day.
Whether he was a take for the Buckeyes’ staff will remain up in the air. In any case, Evans is with the Wolverines as a feature back for as a true freshman.
It’s never too early to get a head start, right?
Michigan has offered almost every prospect it wants to offer in 2017. There are usually 10 or more offers that will be handed out from now until signing day to late bloomers. On Wednesday morning, the Wolverines got a head start of sorts.
They offered 2019 prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux — a high school sophomore. He is a 4-star defensive back from Los Angeles.
“I honestly was excited and shocked, because I haven’t heard any news about Michigan looking at me before,” Thibodeaux said. “It was great to know that my name is floating around the East Coast.”
What this means for Michigan is it has an early jump — two years to be exact — on a high-profile recruit. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Thibodeaux is a machine off the edge with a ridiculously high ceiling as just a sophomore.
As for what matters to him in choosing a school, he wants to study law, and he likes the program Michigan offers for that. He added that Michigan has a great team, and he seems to like the staff.
“Coach Harbaugh is a legend,” he said. “He has lots of great wisdom and knowledge of the game.”
Thibodeaux is unsure if he’ll visit this season, but did say that “anything is possible.”
Thibodeaux has a great shot at being one of the top 10 players in the country in the 2019 class. Michigan was wise to offer now.