Michigan's bye week recruiting blitz

The bye week was a busy recruiting time for the Michigan coaching staff. The Michigan Insider highlights some stops the coaching staff made during the week.

If bye weeks are meant for rest and relaxation, then the Michigan coaching staff definitely missed the memo.

If there's one thing head coach Jim Harbaugh won't be ever be beaten by, it's being outworked. The U-M coaching staff spent most of the bye week on the road visiting recruits from across the nation.

The Michigan Insider breaks down the bye week travels and specifically who the coaching staff stopped by to see.

Cali Stops

Michigan made it a point to hit the state of California hard during the bye week, which is home to a handful of talented targets for the Wolverines. If Don Brown were to categorize the ground the coaching staff covered during the week, he would consider it an all-out blitz. The crown jewel of the 2017 recruiting class is the number one player in the class, five-star running back Najee Harris. Harris, according to TMI's Sam Webb, would be visited personally by the headman himself, Jim Harbaugh.


Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the coaching staff would also make a trip to Augustus Hawkins to catch a game that featured targets such as 2018 five-star wide receiver Jalen Hall, 2018 four-star wide receiver Eric Fuller, 2018 four-star safety Aashari Crosswell, 2018 four-star linebacker Victor Terry, 2019 four-star ATH De'gabriel Floyd and 2019 defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.







Harbaugh created some buzz during the Hawkins game, as Inside Troy's Ryan Abraham reported after the game.


The coaching staff also stopped by El Cerrito High School to see 2017 four-star offensive line target Aaron Banks as well.


The California road trip continued with a pitstop at Mater Dei high school, home to talented players such as 2018 four-star offensive lineman Tommy Brown, 2019 four-star wide receiver Horace McCoy and 2019 four-star quarterback J.T. Daniels.

The Wolverines also extended an offer out to Brown.





What's a stop to California for Harbaugh if he doesn't visit any quarterbacks? He did just that during the week, as he saw 2018 four-star and Oklahoma commit Cameron Rising and 2018 four-star and USC commit Matt Corral.



Other members the coaching staff saw were: 2017 five-star cornerback Darnay Holmes, 2017 four-star cornerback Elijah Hicks, 2018 four-star safety Jaiden Woodbey, 2017 four-star defensive lineman D.J. Johnson, 2017 five-star running back Stephen Carr, 2018 linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu and 2018 defensive lineman Jeremiah Martin.

Not to be left out, the Wolverines also dropped by Inderkum High School to see 2017 four-star tight end Josh Falo as well 2018 four-star running back T.J. Pledger out of Chaminade College Prep.










California analysis from Sam Webb: "Jim Harbaugh received the red carpet treatment in LA on Thursday at the Dorsey/Hawkins games. His presence caught the attention of all in the crowd as fans flocked to him for pictures and handshakes. Kayvon Thibodeaux made it a point to have his coaches call Harbaugh after the visit so he could get on the phone and express his appreciation for Harbaugh showing up and also his sincere interest in the Wolverines. Meanwhile, Harbaugh’s stock continues to rise at Hawkins with a slew of prospects including 2018 number one pass catcher Jalen Hall. At Antioch Friday night, more of the same with the star treatment. Harbaugh announced the Homecoming court and from those in Najee Harris’ circle, Michigan continues to be a very clear threat to Alabama for the number one prospect in the country. More on that later in the Victors Club message boards. Michigan assistants also stopped in to see targets Darnay Holmes and Stephen Carr."

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Las Vegas Stop

During their trip out West, Harbaugh also stopped by powerhouse football program Bishop Gorman High School to see 2018 five-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, 2018 four-star tight end Brevin Jordan and 2018 four-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson.




During the Bishop Gorman stop, the Wolverines also offered 2017 four-star safety Bubba Bolden.



In addition, Harbaugh stopped by Arbor View High School to see 2018 four-star defensive end Elijah Wade.


Las Vegas analysis from Sam Webb: "Jim Harbaugh started his tour in Vegas and the positive dividends appear to be reaped already. Michigan offered four-star safety Bubba Bolden from Bishop Gorman. Despite the relative lateness of that offer, the interest definitely appears to be mutual. Bolden has two open visit dates and has expressed a desire to give Michigan one of them. No firm date has been established but a trip to Ann Arbor now appears to be a distinct possibility. Also worthy of note is Michigan’s involvement with 2018 TE Brevin Jordan. The four-star TE now appears to be at or near the top of Michigan’s board in 2018."

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Brooklyn Stop

According to East Coast Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn, the Wolverines made a stop in Brooklyn Erasmus High School to see 2018 four-star offensive lineman Matt Jones and 2018 wide receiver Sean Ryan.



New Jersey Stop

While in the Brooklyn area, the coaching staff also checked in on two prospects committed elsewhere. According to Dohn, the Wolverine coaching staff stopped by St. Peter's Prep to see 2018 four-star defensive lineman Jayson Ademilola and 2018 defensive end Justin Ademilola. Also on the list was 2018 safety Shayne Simon.




North Carolina Stop

According to Webb, assistant coach Chris Partridge navigated the state of North Carolina and made some serious ground in the process. Webb tweets that Partridge left the state offering three players and also checking in on a few others.


The list of offers are:

2018 four-star ATH Dyami Brown, 2019 running back Quavaris Crouch and 2019 running back Khafre Brown.






The coaching staff also dropped in on 2017 three-star safety Brelin Faison-Walden, 2018 four-star defensive lineman Rick Sandidge and 2018 four-star defensive lineman K.J. Henry.




Florida Stop

Offensive coordinator Tim Drevno stopped by Pensacola Washington High School during the week to see 2017 five-star Alabama commit Alex Leatherwood. On top of that Partridge stopped by Orlando to Dr. Phillips High School to see two 2017 three-star's in defensive lineman and Nebraska commit Robert Porcher IV and linebacker Shanon Reid.




The two coaches met up and traveled to Oxford High School to see IMG Academy play. On the list of visited prospects were 2017 four-star offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, 2017 four-star linebacker Jordan Anthony and 2018 four-star defensive lineman Taron Vincent.




According to Webb, the two coaches will also try to attempt to kick the tires with two 2017 LSU commits in four-star wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon and four-star safety Grant Delpit.



The coaching staff also made a trip to American Heritage School, home to four-star offensive lineman commit Kai-Leon Herbert and five-star teammate Tedarrell Slaton.



Florida analysis from Sam Webb: "Tim Drevno dropped in on American Heritage, home of Kai-Leon Herbert and five-star Tedarrell Slaton. Word has it that Florida is making a huge push, scuttlebutt has Michigan stemming the tide a little bit in the aftermath of the visit. Next on the agenda is getting an official visit set up for Herbert and Slaton together. Drevno also dropped in on Alex Leatherwood, who said last week his commitment to Alabama wasn’t as strong as it has been. That lends credence to talk that Michigan poses a threat to Bama for the five-star lineman pledge. The strength of that threat likely comes down to whether or not Leatherwood and his dad make it back up to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit that they expressed a desire to make. More on Florida later."

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Utah Stop

Included in the West Coast swing was the state of Utah, which was assigned to Greg Mattison according to Webb.

On the agenda were Oregon commit 2017 four-star defensive lineman Langi Tuifua, 2017 four-star defensive lineman Jay Tufele, 2017 four-star safety Chaz Ah You, 2017 four-star ATH Sione Lund, 2018 four-star ATH Tennessee Pututau, 2018 three-star defensive lineman Hunter Lotulelei, 2018 cornerback Will Overstreet and 2019 four-star linebacker and BYU commit Tausili Fiatoa.

Utah analysis from Sam Webb: "Jay Tufele will visit Michigan next week for the Homecoming game. It appears that visit weekend may be a 'Poly Pipeline' connection day as commit Phil Paea and also Sacremento Inderkum TE Josh Falo could also be in the house. Their presence would only enhance the comfort level for Tufele in Ann Arbor. That’s important because distance appears to be the biggest obstacle in Michigan’s pursuit of the four-star defensive tackle."

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Kentucky Stop

Drevno continued his visit plans this week with a stop to Kentucky to see 2017 four-star offensive lineman Jedrick Wills. The Michigan Insider's Brice Marich caught up with Wills, who sees Michigan's pitch of the "Fab Five" as a possibility.


Texas Stop

The coaching staff stopped by the state of Texas this week to see top targets 2017 five-star linebacker Baron Browning and 2017 four-star offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga. The Wolverines also dropped in on sleeper prospect 2017 three-star corner back and Iowa commit Matt Hankins. According to The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk, Filiaga loved his official visit to Michigan and is considering the Wolverines. According to Webb,

Texas analysis from Sam Webb: "Michigan spent a lot of effort in Texas where they dropped in on major targets Baron Browning and Chuck Filiaga. They also saw sleeper prospect Matt Hankins. Hankins is intriguing because the Iowa commitment expressed strong interest in Michigan during the summer but it fizzled when he didn’t make it to camp and U-M didn’t extend an offer. Thinks have rekindled after the offer last month and he plans to make an official visit. Browning came away from his trip to Ann Arbor earlier this month feeling a greater sense of comfort. Thanks largely due to the presence of the Stanford contingent that coached his brother in Palo Alto. Stay tuned for more on Browning from The Michigan Insider later this week. Chuck Filiaga loved his official visit to Michigan, so too did his parents. He struck up a great rapport with Tim Drevno and came away extremely impressed with the academics. While he is part of the Fab Five talk, that is more a product of Michigan’s pitch than his interaction with the other four line prospects. His interest is based solely upon the extremely positive impression the coaches and players made on him in Ann Arbor earlier this month. Stay tuned for more on him as well later this week on The Michigan Insider.




Offers, Etc.

- The Wolverines offered 2017 three-star defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier



- 2017 four-star safety Isaiah Pola-Mao received an offer from U-M.



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