The Opening: Juju says U-M Interest "real"

The No. 1 safety in America, 2014 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly's JuJu Smith opens up to GoBlueWolverine about his relationship with Michigan, plans for visits, a potential packaged deal, and more from The Opening.

BEAVERTON, Ore.—Still in search of a safety in the class of 2014, the Michigan Wolverines are in hot pursuit of the No. 1 safety in the land, five-star Long Beach (Calif.) Poly athlete Juju Smith.

Holding offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, Arkansas, Tennessee, among others across the country, the competition for Smith’s services is fierce.

For Michigan, the interest on Smith’s end is sincere, with an official visit to Ann Arbor set in stone this fall.

“It’s really real,” Smith told GoBlueWolverine. “On an honest level, Michigan is up there. They’re one of my top five, I’m taking an official visit, and hopefully I can see what they have for me.

Standing 6-foot-1, 206-pounds, Smith has long been pegged as a potentially elite college safety in the defensive backfield, but if he has his way at the next level, a role on the offensive side of the ball will be in the cards too.

“Honestly, both (sides of the ball), but its kind of rare to do both,” said Smith. “Only some colleges offer both ways and I’m hoping I can get one.”

California, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and UCLA have all discussed the possibility of offense and defense, according to Smith.

To watch the full interview with Smith, going in-depth on what he’s hoping to see from Michigan and his thoughts on cornerback Adoree Jackson, press play below.

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