During Jim Harbaugh's first whole recruiting year at Michigan, he and his staff have made a concerted effort to recruit the state of Florida particularly hard. They have done exactly that in their 2016 recruiting class with six commits residing from the Sunshine State.
Now, they are shifting their attention towards the next recruiting cycle and recently handed out several offers throughout the state including one to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas junior running back and Illinois commit, Mike Epstein.
“I got called into my coaches office and walked in to see (Passing game coordinator/WR) Coach (Jedd) Fisch, say what's up, asks how everything is and then says (Head) Coach (Jim) Harbaugh wants to talk to me,” Epstein told The Michigan Insider. “I walked across to Harbaugh and we talked. He said I have the offer and he said sorry it took so long. He’s been ready to offer me for a little while now, then we just joked around for like 10 minutes.”
“(Coach Harbaugh) and Coach Fisch are real cool people. I like him. They are real personable people. Coach Fisch always shows love when he comes down.”
After landing this Wolverine offer, the speedy 5-11, 178-pound Sunshine State standout wants to further evaluate the Maize and Blue and possibly check out Ann Arbor as well.
“I’m just really blessed and excited,” said Epstein. "I want to check it out. I've heard a lot about it in it’s a big time place, great school, great football, tradition and of course the Big House.”
“Definitely want to check out Michigan and then some other schools depending on the offers I get coming up. I'm always going to explore all my options that I'm blessed to have, but I am committed as of now.”
As one of the most dynamic and versatile players in the Sunshine State with blazing speed running a 4.41 forty time, Epstein has drawn early comparisons to one of college football’s top players, but looks to etch his own path to success.
“I’m very versatile,” said Epstein. “I got great speed, cuts, hands and have the ability to take it to the end zone every time I touch it. A lot of people and coaches have been comparing me to (Stanford running back) Christian McCaffrey. We have exact same style. Can't disagree with it, but I'm my own person.”