Recruiting Roundup: Harrison, Karlaftis, Bailey, & more

By Nate Wiggins ,

Recruiting

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As Michigan fans begin prepping their trips to Atlanta for the Peach Bowl, Jim Harbaugh and his staff are busy on the recruiting trail, covering the map in search of future Wolverines

Here is the this week’s Michigan recruiting roundup.

2019 5-star DE Zach Harrison (O.H.)

The big fish in the recruiting pond is No. 5 overall prospect Zach Harrison. Did the brutality of the loss to Ohio State have an impact on where he decides to commit? I believe it’s fair to say that it will at least be in the back of his mind at some point. That being said, Al Washington and Greg Mattison visited his home Nov. 27. Ohio State and Penn State will visit in-home, too. OSU’s visits will be pivotal as the Ryan Day era begins in Columbus.

2019 5-star DE George Karlaftis (I.N.)

With the news that Jeff Brohm is staying at Purdue, it seems very unlikely that the West Lafayette prospect will de-commit from the Boilermakers. Karlaftis said last week that Brohm staying was “huge.”

2019 5-star ATH Quavarius Crouch (N.C.)

Crouch has narrowed down his list to three teams: Michigan, Clemson and Tennessee. Crouch visited Michigan at the start of November when the Wolverines defeated Penn State 42-7. Crouch is the No. 33 overall player in the 2019, the No. 2 ATH and the top player in North Carolina.

Crouch also opened up about his recruitment process and some of the tribulations he has faced within the past year.

Following a visit to Clemson three weeks ago, though, the 247Sports Crystal Ball heavily favors the Tigers.

2019 4-star OT Trevor Keegan (I.L.)

Jim Harbaugh and Ed Warinner visited Keegan last Thursday.

2020 4-star QB Harrison Bailey (G.A.)

Bailey committed to Tennessee on Thursday on Thursday over the Wolverines. For the longest time, a commitment from Bailey seemed like a sure thing for Michigan, Pep Hamilton and the offensive staff, but things began to shift late Wednesday night when a number of crystal ball predictions swung from Michigan to the Vols.

A source told TWL that Michigan’s still got a shot to impress Bailey over the next year, as the 2020 prospect won’t sign papers until at least next winter. With so much momentum after Bailey’s original visit, another one later in the process could be pivotal. The down side, though, is that quarterbacks don’t often flip pledges.

Decommitments

2019 4-star APB Eric Gray (T.N.) de-commited from Michigan on Saturday.

2019 3-star DE Tyrece Woods (M.I.) has officially de-committed and re-opened his recruitment.

2020 4-star RB Tim Baldwin also de-commited and opened up his recruitment.

Offers

Michigan offered 2020 3-star WR Jalin Hyatt (S.C.) and 2020 TE Jonathan Odom (Fla.)

 

There is no current 247Sports ranking for Odom while Hyatt is the No. 491 player in the 2019 class, the No. 90 WR and the No. 9 player in South Carolina.

Other news and notes

  • 4-star RB Zach Charbonnet (C.A.) is rising through the ranks of the 2019 class. Already up to No. 26 in the class, he is quickly approaching 5-star range.
  • I had a chance to watch Charbonnet last month as his Oaks Christian Lions defeated favored JSerra 35-34 in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Watching him play in person for the first time showed me that the 5-star talent is even better than advertised.
  • Facing a difficult run defense, Charbonnet wore down JSerra all night long, rushing for 220 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries.
  • From what I’ve seen, both on film and in person, Charbonnet has all the tools to be an elite weapon in Michigan’s offense right away.

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