Fla's top CB, & Elite 11 QB Teammate Are Visiting!

The quarterback is the second recently-offered QB by Michigan! GoBlueWolverine talked to him last night.<br><br> <b>This Elite 11 QB</b> committed to Florida, but with the Gators without a coach, he is looking at, and <b>visiting</b>, Michigan!<br><br> And in talking to him we got a surprise!<br><br> Michigan recruiting fans will all remember his teammate -- he was one of U-M's top three cornerback prospects before committing to the Gators this past May. He's now visiting U-M too!<br>

Datona Beach, Fla., Mainland won the Florida 5-A (largest classification) state championship in 2003, and are driving for it once again, with their semi-final game being played this Friday and the finals next Friday. And the day after the championship game is over (Sat., Dec. 11), Mainland's two star players will be making official visits to Michigan!

GoBlueWolverine spoke last night to Mainland quarterback Jonathan Garner. Garner was one of two quarterbacks Michigan offered last week (along with Calif. QB Jason Forcier, who GBW interviewed over the weekend). After passing for over 1,200 yards his junior season for his run-oriented team, this spring Garner had Miami Nike Stats of 6-4, 206 lbs., 4.98 in the 40, 4.56 sec. shuttle, 25.5 inch vertical jump ... and he was named to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Calif. this past summer. A classic drop back passer with a strong arm, this season the left-hander has improved on his stats in leading Mainland back to the state semifinals this Friday. Here is what he told us:

"I don't know all my stats for the season ... we're run-oriented, and I throw at most 15 passes a game. I've completed over 50%, for 1880 yards, 18 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns, with 4 interceptions."

Has Michigan offered you a scholarship now?

"Yes sir. It happened last week. Coach Loeffler said they have a quarterback leaving, and that they need a quarterback for this class ... to help backup Chad Henne for a couple years, then to compete for the starting job."

You have been a Florida commitment. Where does that stand now?

"Right now I'm still committed there ... if Coach Zook was still there I would be a solid commitment. But who knows who they'll hire -- and whoever it is may not want want me. So I'm going to go to Michigan for an official visit, to learn more about that program."

Do you have a visit date?

"Well, we're still in the playoffs -- the semifinals are this weekend, with the finals next weekend. I'm visiting Michigan next weekend (the weekend of the 10th) -- if we make the finals I'll fly up the day after the game (Saturday)."

How is Avery (Atkins) doing? He's a been a Florida commitment too -- have you two talked about that?

"Yeah, Avery and I have talked about it. He and I are visiting Michigan together next weekend!"

Cornerback Avery Atkins (6-2, 190 lbs. 4.39 in the 40 {'03 FSU Camp}, 285 lb. bench press, 35 inch vertical) is Scout.com's #37 prospect. His top schools before committing to Florida in May were the instate schools and Michigan. And Michigan's top 3 CB recruits early-on were considered to be Justin King, Atkins, and Victor Harris.


Avery Atkins

U-M recruiting fans may recall that the Mainland head coach is from Ohio and has friendships with the Michigan coaching staff.

As we like to say in this business .... stay tuned!

The Michigan Insider Top Stories