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‘The best offensive lineman I’ve coached’
Football recruiting is in a dead period, meaning coaches and team officials cannot have any contact with prospective players until Jan. 12. That doesn’t mean players can’t watch prospective teams.
Michigan is practicing for its Outback Bowl matchup on Jan. 1 against South Carolina at Berkeley Prep in Tampa this week. Berkeley Prep is where Nicholas Petit-Frere, one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the country, attends school. Petit-Frere got a chance to watch the Wolverines practice on his campus Thursday.
“It was pretty exciting for him just to see how everything works with the coaches and the players. They work tremendously hard and with great tempo,” Berkeley Prep coach Dominick Ciao told Land of 10. “It’s just a thrill of a lifetime to have an opportunity to have a school on your campus and watch practice.”
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Petit-Frere is rated a 5-star prospect by the 247Sports composite. He is ranked as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the Class of 2018, the No. 17 overall prospect in the country, and the No. 3 player in Florida.
Petit-Frere took an official visit to Michigan on Nov. 25 for the Ohio State game and has also officially visited Notre Dame. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Ohio State are also among his top choices. He has not been in a rush during the recruiting process as he researches schools. His decision may not be known until Feb. 7, National Signing Day.
Ciao has coached for 37 years, the last 11 seasons at Berkeley Prep. His teams at Tampa Jesuit and Berkeley Prep have won more than 200 games, and one of his former players is current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor. Ciao said Petit-Frere is as good as any player he’s been around.
“Relative to me, he’s the best guy I’ve coached, the best offensive lineman that I’ve coached,” Ciao said. “He’s one of the great players that I’ve coached and has been a tremendous player for us.”
The national high school all-star games begin next week with the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando on Jan. 4, and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 6.
Petit-Frere and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase are two of Michigan’s top uncommitted targets in the 2018 class. They are scheduled to be at the Under Armour game along with a pair of Michigan 2018 signees: cornerback Myles Sims and tight end Mustapha Muhammad. Chase suffered a knee injury late in the season and it is unknown if he will play in the game.
Muhammad will play in his second all-star game when he travels to Hawaii for the Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 20.
IM GOING TO HAWAI’I!!! 🤙🏾 🤙🏾🤙🏾
So excited & blessed to be invited and committed to play in the Polynesian Bowl! 🏖 🏝 🌴🔥🌺 pic.twitter.com/ewNYTFqavo
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) December 26, 2017
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