Jim Harbaugh sang the national anthem at rapper Lil Dicky’s concert in Ann Arbor this past winter. He’s clearly red, white and blue — but who is soon to be maize and blue? Here’s the latest on some possibilities inside The Justice Report.
Welcome back, Mr. McCaffrey
Landof10.com confirmed that Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian 4-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey will be on campus for the game against Colorado on Saturday afternoon. McCaffrey’s family will not attend, as they have a Heisman contender playing for Stanford to watch that day — Dylan’s brother Christian. The 6-foot-5, 196-pound quarterback will be attending with teammate Ethan Zemla — a linebacker from his high school. The Michigan commit will be seeing campus for the first time since his last visit in July.
McCaffrey finished 18-of-23 for 144 yards with three touchdowns, two interceptions and 49 rushing yards in Valor Christian’s 21-17 victory over Atlanta Greater Christian last Friday.
He is the No. 3 overall pro-style quarterback and the No. 45 overall prospect in the country.
The first 2017 offer of the fall goes to …
Michigan hasn’t offered a 2017 prospect in a long stretch of time. That streak came to an end on Monday night when coach Jim Harbaugh called Cheshire Academy (Conn.) 3-star cornerback Brandon Sebastian.
“Coach Harbaugh personally offered me over the phone,” Sebastian said. “He loves how I’m a tall corner with 4.3 speed.”
Sebastian — a Boston College commit — is excited about his offer from Michigan, and shared that excitement with a familiar face.
“Tarik Black mentioned how excited I was,” he said. “And he said that maybe we can play together if we both choose Michigan.”
Black is a 4-star wide receiver and a teammate of Sebastian. Black is one of three primary targets at the receiver position for the Wolverines, and is currently favored to choose Michigan.
Sebastian wasn’t as familiar with Michigan before the offer, but he was very familiar with a certain staff member. Defensive coordinator Don Brown — a former assistant at Boston College with the same position — was his primary recruiter when Sebastian was originally being pursued by the Eagles.
Already a fan of Brown and Harbaugh, Sebastian will travel to Ann Arbor for an official visit after his season at Cheshire Academy comes to an end. The 6-1, 169-pound defensive back could become a priority for the Wolverines due to them being favored for only one other cornerback in the class — Ambry Thomas of Detroit.
Good news, bad news
The first two segments of Tuesday’s report were good news. But unfortunately, not everything in HarbaughLand can be perfect. The growing confidence in 5-star Calabasas (Calif.) defensive back Darnay Holmes took a slight left turn on Tuesday morning. MaizeNBrew.com’s Evan Petzold reported that Holmes canceled his official visit to Michigan scheduled for this Saturday. After the ongoing confidence in his recruitment following his successful visit to Ann Arbor for the BBQ at the Big House on Aug. 6, this one could take Michigan two steps back.
There’s no report on why Holmes backed out on the visit, but there also isn’t a report on a rescheduled visit. Until there is a new visit, this can’t be good news for the Wolverines staff.
The continued favorite for Holmes remains UCLA as Darnay’s father’s longtime best friend Demetrice Martin happens to be the defensive backs coach for the Bruins.
UPDATE: Holmes – in order to take an official visit – must take California’s required standardized test. That’s how he will be spending his Saturday, and all of his official visits left were pushed back. While what was said regarding UCLA and his recruitment still stands — Michigan still looks to be the No. 2 behind the Bruins.
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