They say timing is everything. That certainly is true when it came to Michigan's pursuit of Miami (Fla.) Christopher Columbus LB/DE Joshua Uche. The 6-3, 220-pounder committed to Miami immediately upon being offered last spring, but then decided to reopen his recruitment in the winter after the Hurricanes fired then head football coach Al Golden. Michigan was nowhere to be found on his new list of suitors, but with one major hire in early December the Wolverines’ outlook change completely.
“Coach Don Brown is the one who offered me and I was pretty excited about it,” Uche told The Michigan Insider. “I wasn’t expecting it since I hadn’t talked to them much. He offered me at Boston College.
The familiarity with Michigan’s new defensive coordinator made him instantly comfortable with the Maize & Blue and his appreciation for Brown’s reputation made him instantly excited.
“He’s a defensive minded coach and is the best at what he does,” said Uche. “He has a lot of experience under his belt. Someone that is very easy to talk to. Really nice guy and very genuine."
And now that Brown has joined forces with Harbaugh the Sunshine State star believes there are special things on the horizon in Ann Arbor.
“I know that Coach Harbaugh came from the NFL to Michigan and he is going to turn (the Wolverines) into a dynasty,” said Uche. “
During his official visit this weekend he decided he wants to be a part of it, selecting the Wolverines over Auburn and Florida.
Scout.com’s Corey Bender believes Michigan has added an impact pass rusher to Brown’s aggressive blitz scheme.
“Uche, who's boasts a time of 4.59 in the 40-yard dash, is explosive off the line of scrimmage and certainly utilizes his speed and quickness to his advantage against bigger, heavy-footed lineman,” said Bender.
“He played his first full season of high school football just last year and is a high-character young man who's just tapping into what he can become over the next four to five years. He's a hybrid that can stand up or shift down and put a hand in the dirt at defensive end. There's no doubting his ability to wreak havoc in the backfield.”
“His best football has yet to come for him.”
Stay tuned to the Michigan Insider for more on this breaking news story in the hours to come.