Harbaugh can have all the rap videos and satellite camps he wants – winning football games is the best recruiting tactic and Michigan continued that trend on Saturday.
Recapping Saturday’s visits
Michigan had what will probably be its driest visitor list of the season on Saturday against Central Florida. While there weren’t many recruits on hand, the two that stand out are 2018 prospects from Detroit Cass Tech — Kalon Gervin and DeAndre Square.
Gervin — a 4-star cornerback — spoke with Landof10.com about his visit and shared some promising news for Michigan fans.
“Coach Mike Zordich and Don Brown were very happy to see me. They said I can come to any game I want, and that they will be recruiting me hard,” Gervin said. “I feel Michigan will be in the race until the end.”
The big picture for Gervin brings some heavy competition for Michigan. LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Pitt and Syracuse remain in the mix.
LSU isn’t pursuing just one Detroit Cass Tech star. Early Monday morning, they decided to offer Square — a 4-star defensive back. Square has yet to receive an offer from the Wolverines, but here is what he told Landof10.com about his visit with Gervin.
“The visit was cool and the game was great. I don’t have an offer still, but Michigan is still in the mix,” Square said. “Michigan State still leads — for now.”
Square said that Wisconsin and Pitt remain on his list, too. The feeling is that if the Wolverines extend an offer, they could find themselves in a footrace with the Spartans.
Evaluating Jaylen Kelly-Powell’s Oregon visit
Detroit Cass Tech 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell took his second official visit on Saturday to Oregon. He’s been a Michigan favorite since the beginning of his recruitment. Official visits can be kind to schools like Nebraska trying to sway a prospect from a school that is heavily favored — in this case, Michigan — but it’s not believed that’s what happened in Eugene last weekend.
Kelly-Powell did tweet that he will see Oregon “very soon.” While it’s fine to speculate, people must learn that recruits will say anything to make you believe they’re not doing — or committing — what you think they will. While Kelly-Powell enjoyed the visit, there is no convincing anyone in his circle that Ann Arbor isn’t the place he will be at this time next year.
The Wolverines are still the heavy favorite following his visits to Nebraska and Oregon.
W(hoops), there it is
Basketball recruiting is weird — really weird. It’s nothing like football recruiting, and if you’re not a Kentucky fan then you only religiously follow football recruiting. No scouting service has much information on players outside of the top 10. Even if fans were more interested, it’s hard for them to find information. When 4-star guard Eli Brooks committed to Michigan, there was no film available on him. Could you imagine a recruit committing to a football team without film? Yikes.
As for Michigan basketball recruiting — it’s one of the weirdest systems out there but it’s true to its tradition. The way the staff goes about things is squeaky clean. Recruits don’t get offered unless they visit campus — no matter how far away they are.
Landof10.com was able to get some information on New York 5-star power forward Mo Bamba, who visited last weekend for the Hawaii football game. A source on Michigan’s side of things had this to say about Bamba and Michigan as of Monday afternoon.
“I would say my confidence is about an eight out of 10 right now that he chooses Michigan,” the source said. “Texas, Kentucky, Duke and Harvard are all still there.”
It’s been a long time since Michigan was in on a recruit as good as Bamba. He’s the No. 3 player in the country, and he’s exactly what the fan base wants — a big-time impact player down low.
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