Jim Harbaugh was able to go far and wide to secure some of the nation’s top talent for the 2017 recruiting class including plucking one of the best out of Iowa in wide receiver Oliver Martin. The Wolverines now have also targeted and recently offered another in West Des Moines (IA.) Dowling Catholic junior defensive end John Waggoner.
“My coach Tom Wilson called me into his office during math class and told me I need to make a phone call to (Defensive Line) Coach (Greg) Mattison at Michigan,” Waggoner told The Michigan Insider. “He offered me on the phone. I was extremely surprised because I hadn't really talked to them prior to that. I was thrilled with the news.”
The physical 6-foot-5, 240-pounder now sits with four offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Michigan. However, he’s far from claiming any favorites in his recruitment.
“My recruitment has been a lot more active this past week,” said Waggoner. “I also talked to Nebraska this week. I hear from Ohio State and UCLA as well. At this point, it's hard to have a favorite without having visited everywhere yet.”
While Waggoner has no visits scheduled at the moment, his newest offer from the Maize and Blue has him looking to make a trip out to Ann Arbor in the future.
“Michigan is very appealing to me and I would definitely love to go meet everyone up there,” said Waggoner. “I haven't planned anything yet, but I would like get up sometime soon to see the campus and coaches. I like just the tradition and the success they're having right now.”
Waggoner really burst onto the scene last season wreaking havoc in opposing backfields, recording 9 sacks and 13 tackles for loss. He also helped Dowling win it’s fourth straight state championship, but that hasn’t stopped him from working to take his game to another level.
“I am working out to improve my strength and speed,” said Waggoner. “I hope to add some weight to my frame. Also, I am going to be working my pass rush technique by watching some of the best on YouTube like JJ Watt or Clay Matthews, etc. I hope to bring some of that to 1 on 1 drills this spring.”