U-M Offer Has Texas Commit’s Attention

One of the first offers of the Jim Harbaugh era went out Monday to Rowlett (Tex.) DE Charles Omenihu. Can the Wolverines coax a visit out of the Texas Longhorn commit?

Michigan wants pass rushers in its 2015 class, and it’s leaving no stone unturned trying to find them. They’re even looking at targets committed to other schools like Rowlett, Texas standout Charles Omenihu.  The Wolverines courted the 6-5, 220-pound defensive end before he pledged to Longhorns last year.  Jim Harbaugh opted to resume that courtship earlier this week.

 “It was the most unexpected offer I’ve ever gotten,” Omenihu said.  “A number from Ann Arbor called me and I was wondering who it was.  I picked up and he said it was Coach Mattison.  He telling me that they want me to visit. I was like, ‘I wouldn’t visit any school if I don’t have an offer in hand.’  He said ‘alright.’  He was off the phone a little bit and he said I have the offer.”

The news was a shock to the system for a youngster that had his recruitment all figured out.  Serious consideration of schools other than Texas dissipated months ago.

“I’ve visited Arizona State… that’s really it,” stated Omenihu.  “The bulk of my considering schools was in spring football.  After that it kind of dropped off.  Really Michigan, like I said, was a surprise.”

“As of right now I don’t really have a list (of schools) to be honest.  It would take a lot (to cause him to back out of his commitment).

But will there be any thought given to a Michigan visit?

“A little,” Omenihu stated.  “It really all depends on my family to be honest.”

“They’re happy (about Michigan’s sudden interest).  They’re excited and also the fact that Jim Harbaugh wanted me to play on his team is also exciting.”

That, though, doesn’t mean a visit is likely.  Michigan has more work to do if that’s going to happen, and the job starts with one good-faith gesture.

“Talking to Jim Harbaugh first on the phone,” the three-star defensive end said.  “It all depends on what he says.  I’m really good at making decisions that I feel like would be good.  If Jim Harbaugh came to my school that would be huge.”

 “From what I’ve seen when he was in the NFL, he is an aggressive coach, ground and pound kind of coach.  The NFL players have respect and he’s coached a team to the Super Bowl, so I know he’s a good coach.”

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