Leaning Michigan’s Way?
Michigan was among a handful of stops for a bus tour carrying a number of prospects participants in the Adidas Top 10 Showcase in McCook Illinois last Friday. Included in that group of players were members of the Metro-Atlanta based Elite Talent Football Academy. Elite Talent’s head trainer Derrick Tatum isn’t a stranger in Ann Arbor. He brought a few of his pupils to Michigan’s camp last summer, and one of them… 2016 Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer CB Jamyest Williams… earned a scholarship offer. The Elite crew experienced similar good fortune Friday when the Wolverines offered Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek ATH Korey Banks.
“Banks is a newly converted corner,” said Tatum. “He has been playing receiver for three years. He has picked up nine offers in the last two months. The kid is very confident and Michigan offered him at receiver and it has been a blessed day. I think he is right now a more polished receiver than corner, but eventually he’ll probably be a corner at the next level.”
“(The Michigan coaches) want him at receiver. I think he can do well either way. It is really a matter of the team needs. He can be a receiver and be a division one receiver or he can play corner and be division one corner.”
Banks was clearly blown away by the offer, but played coy when talked turned to any early leanings. Tatum was slightly more forthcoming on the topic.
“I think Michigan is going to give him a chance to play and I think he’s probably going to lean towards Michigan, but I’m not sure,” he said. “I like Michigan, he likes it, and that’s really going to be a choice between him and his father.”
Other ETA Prospects on the Radar
The new Michigan staff is still keeping tabs on Jamyest Williams, but his recruitment is still a long way from taking shape.
“(Williams) doesn’t have a top five, doesn’t have a top three… it is all about the feel,” said Tatum. “Jamyest wants to go somewhere where he is appreciated. Everybody is saying he’s too short. He is going to go somewhere where they will appreciate him for being him. Jamyest can return kicks, he can come out of the backfield, and he can play corner. He just wants to be appreciated wherever he goes.”
Another youngster on the watch list is 2016 Acworth (Ga.) Allatoona RB Russell Halimon. The 5-9, 185-pounder was among the top performers in the running back group Saturday.
“(The Michigan coaches) actually like Russell,” said Tatum. “Russell actually led the state in rushing. He had 2200 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns. If Michigan and Michigan State offered Russell it is going to be hard for him not to go to one of those schools because he’s from Detroit. So he has a natural love for Michigan and Michigan State.”
“Right now he has Marshall, he has Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Central Michigan. So he has some pretty good offers, we’re waiting to see what is going to happen in the next few weeks.”
The Big Fish
The ETA player the Wolverines seem to covet the most is 2017 Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer DB Isaiah Pryor. The Peach State star’s low-key persona isn’t at indicative of type of athleticism he flashes on the football field.
“He’s the quiet assassin,” said Tatum. “He doesn’t have a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. He probably has about 25 offers, but only reported about ten or 12 of them. He’s just a humble kid. I asked him, do you want to be the best player in the country? He said, ‘listen, I just want to graduate from college. Ranking is an opinion. I just want to continue to work and get better every single day.’”
Pryor indicated distance will play absolutely no role in determining that fit. Tatum concurred.
“His dad went to Iowa,” he said. (Distance) is no factor. It is all about the feel for the staff and can he be there for the next four to five years.”
For more on Archer’s recent visit and his plan to return to Ann Arbor for next weekend’s spring game, click the following link: Wheatley Connecting with Isaiah Pryor