DETROIT – Michigan’s coaching staff, specifically Jim Harbaugh, is making Detroit (Mich.) King’s Ambry Thomas a top priority in U-M’s 2017 class.
How so? Well, that was evident when Harbaugh caught up with the four-star cornerback for a lengthy conversation last week, says Thomas
“I talked to coach Harbaugh honestly, like a good 40 minute talk on the phone,” Thomas said after King’s 59-0 win against Detroit Western International on Friday night. “(On Wednesday night), we had a nice little discussion. I asked a few questions, I talked to coach (Don) Brown the same day as well.”
And what’s the message from Harbaugh and the rest of Michigan’s coaching staff?
“Come take my spot or whatever,” Thomas said. “They have a lot of DB’s leaving after this season, I plan on being an early enrollee. So they can get me together by spring.”
Thomas is well aware of the freshman that have played for U-M so far this season, and when asked, he emphatically says “yes” it’s enticing when looking at the Wolverines. Plus he’s also heard some feedback from his former high school teammate and current Wolverine, Lavert Hill, on what to expect if he chose Michigan.
“He told me word for word, “if I come up there be ready to work, because they are up there grinding,’” Thomas said, adding: “I’m not scared of no competition, you already know that from seeing me at The Opening – I’m ready.”
On Oct. 1, Michigan plays host to Wisconsin, Thomas says he’s trying to get up to Ann Arbor for the visit, however, he still needs to discuss the matter with his mother, and King also plays against top rival Cass Tech at noon, so scheduling is major conflict right now.
But if he does make the trip, he says he’s going to be looking hard at what U-M has to offer.
“I’m going to be looking at the new defense, for real, I’ve seen it on TV, but there is nothing like seeing it in person,” Thomas said.
At Nike’s The Opening Finals in July, Thomas showed many onlookers, including The Michigan Insider, on his ability to play both sides of the ball at wide receiver, but revealed on Friday, that many schools are looking at him to play both ways.
“The majority of my offers are on both sides,” Thomas said. “None of the ‘scout’ websites know that or whatever, cause I don’t be putting it out there like that. But, yeah, look at my film and my highlights you can tell I’m a duel threat. “
That being said, is Thomas’ goal to play both sides of the ball in college?
“Yes, whatever gets me on the field quicker is what I’ll play first.”
Upcoming, Thomas says he plans on taking an official visits to Pittsburgh, Florida and Arizona.
While no official visit has been set up, due to them being local, Thomas says he still looking hard at Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State, saying all three are notable schools in his recruitment.
“I’m looking for a school that fits me the most,” Thomas said. “I feel as if I go anywhere in the country I will be successful just off my work ethic. But I want to be a perfect fit for a school.”