The month of June has seen Michigan recruiting reach a fevered pitch. That trend was evident again today with two more commitments to the Wolverines’ 2016 class. The first was the highest rated pledge to date in four-star Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead lineman Ben Bredeson. The second, which came to light a little earlier this evening, was Pembroke Pines (Fla) safety Josh Metellus. The Michigan coaching staff looked beyond the rankings and grabbed the under-the-radar prospect out of relative obscurity.
“I talked to both (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (D.J.) Durkin and (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh,” Metellus told The Michigan Insider. “They were excited and they said they would really love to have me up there and would accept my commitment. I love the coaching staff, the area and I still feel it is the best place to where I can succeed as a player and student.”
The 6-0, 185-pound Florida native was originally committed to Georgia Southern, but decided to further explore his options. After a positive experience and showing at Michigan’s satellite camp in Miami a few weeks ago, he decided to make the trek to Ann Arbor for a visit.
“I was there this past weekend,” said Metellus. “It went great and I felt it was like home. I have been talking with Coach Durkin and Coach Harbaugh the most. They have been telling me they love me and would love to have me up there. They are looking to do big things once I get up there and try to change the program around.”
Metellus is not only Flanagan target the Wolverines are hoping will help with that process. His teammates Devin Gil and Devin Bush are major priorities for the Maize & Blue. Now they’re major priorities for Metellus too.
“I think (Michigan) has a good chance because we all want to play together at the next level,” said Metellus. “I will tell them that Michigan is the place to be because of the new coaching staff in Coach Harbaugh and Coach Durkin and I really think Michigan will be one of the top five teams in the nation.”
The Sunshine State sleeper’s recruiting efforts may help that rise, but he believes what he’ll bring to the table on the field will help even more.
“I am going to bring a whole another side of football,” said Metellus. “I’m also going to bring physicality, aggression, passion for the game and being smart on the field.”