Michigan and tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh are not putting all its eggs in one basket when it comes to recruiting the position in the 2016 class.
Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher senior Chris Ellington is one of those targets continuing to receive overtures from the Wolverines.
“I spoke with Coach Jay Harbaugh on Monday,” Ellington told The Michigan Insider. “He reached out to me and told me he saw my film. He was impressed. He wants to see film of a couple games this year. He’s a player coach. That is the vibe I got from him.”
The three-star 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end admitted this was his first contact with the Wolverines, remaining open to the possibility of visiting Ann Arbor.
“I’m very interested in Michigan,” said Ellington. “They’ve got tradition and great academics and they play big boy football.”
Holding several offers from the likes of Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Iowa State amongst others, Ellington currently has the Bulldogs out in front based on his strong relationship with the coaching staff.
Could Michigan possibly become a major factor for Ellington if an offer comes his way?
“It’d be a blessing and it would shake up my whole recruitment,” said Ellington. “I definitely would like to see Ann Arbor for myself.”
Heading into this season, Ellington will be looked upon to be one of the key contributors for Fletcher’s offense. Initially planning to be committed heading into the year, Ellington has changed course with his recruiting timeline.
“I’ll play tight end in college, but I can also play that move tight end/h-back and at times at the wide out position too,” said Ellington. I planned on committing before fall practice starts, but I would like to commit midway through the season.”