Michigan grabbed yet another big visitor for this weekend and offered another 2017 cornerback. The recruiting world will be spinning extra fast in Ann Arbor this weekend.
Baron Browning returning to Ann Arbor
Kennedale (Texas) 5-star linebacker Baron Browning visited Ann Arbor earlier this summer. He announced on Monday that he is taking his return trip to Michigan for an official visit.
— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) September 27, 2016
Browning is one of the country’s best players, ranked No. 9 overall. As far as Michigan’s chances with him, they are slim, for now. Browning is a favorite to land with the in-state Texas Longhorns, and Ohio State is also heavily in the mix for his services.
Michigan does have a shot, though. Browning’s brother, Barry, played for coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford six years ago. Barry has campaigned for how good of a coach Harbaugh is, but hasn’t actively recruited his brother to choose Michigan. Nonetheless, it’s a nice piece of the puzzle for the Wolverines.
Official visits are a big deal and can have a lasting impact on a prospect’s recruitment. If Michigan’s all-star cast of visitors this weekend, and perhaps a nice top 10 win, can impress Browning then they could get back in the race for the Texas linebacker.
Michigan offers Elijah Hicks
La Mirada (Calif.) 3-star cornerback Elijah Hicks has had one of the most impressive seasons out West so far. He got an offer from Notre Dame recently and will take an official visit there in October. Michigan also offered Hicks, making him the third straight cornerback offered by Michigan from the 2017 class.
Again, this likely means that the Wolverines have less confidence in one particular cornerback they once had confidence in landing earlier in the process. The best guess for that prospect is 5-star Calabasas (Calif.) DB Darnay Holmes.
Michigan looks to not be getting a serious look from Iowa cornerback commit Matt Hankins after they offered him last week. But Boston College cornerback commit Brandon Sebastian is seriously considering Michigan.
Hicks hasn’t said much about his offer, but if he is taking an official visit to Notre Dame then that means he isn’t afraid of leaving the West Coast. If Michigan pushes hard enough, it should be able to at least get the 3-star prospect to take a visit to Ann Arbor.
Washington is also in the mix and is the West Coast school recruiting him the hardest.
Les Miles could bolster recruiting
The Twitter universe has speculated about the possibility that Les Miles, who was fired by LSU this week, could join Michigan’s staff as a coordinator or analyst. Miles is more than capable of the duties, and as a former Michigan player and assistant, it’s no secret that he wanted to come to Michigan at one point in his career. The Wolverines were inches away from hiring him in 2007 to replace Lloyd Carr, but he ended up staying at LSU and Rich Rodriguez was hired. In 2011, fans were pushing hard for Miles, but Dave Brandon hired Brady Hoke.
It’s safe to say that it all worked out for Michigan and its fan base, considering Harbaugh has done a pretty good job. But now, the Wolverines could have a shot at not having to lure him away from LSU but instead give him a job. It’s popular for Harbaugh, and a lot of teams, to hire big names as quality control assistants or offensive analysts. Michigan could give Miles a similar title and have a solid recruiting tool behind the scenes.
The reality, though, is that Miles might not be wanted here. And even if he was, Miles might not want to be on a staff. He has been a head coach for a long time between LSU and Oklahoma State, and it might be time for him to move to television as an analyst.
There’s no question that he could get a head coaching job at a smaller school. It just doesn’t seem likely that his alma mater will be his destination. Even if Jim Harbaugh did say “it was a good suggestion” during his Monday press conference.
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