March is the beginning of yet another recruiting quiet period. This means coaches cannot have face-to-face contact with recruits or parents outside of campus. Thus begins a six week period (until mid-April) in which it is very important for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh to get recruits to Ann Arbor.
Prior to the quiet period. . .
Just before the quiet period on Feb. 21, 4-star offensive tackle Trente Jones announced his commitment to Michigan. He thanked his mom, his family, and one of his coaches, Coach Kenyatta, who has a son also being recruited by Michigan.
Jones is the Wolverines’ first commitment of the year. Not only does Michigan hope Jones’ commitment help get the ball moving with other 2019 commitments, but the Wolverines also hope to reinforce their recruiting front in Georgia. After Otis Reese left Michigan fans broken hearted on NSD in February, Michigan has been trying to again be prominent in the recruiting discussion in the recruiting hotbed called Georgia.
A few Junior Day prospects. . .
During the quiet period Michigan football has their spring practices along with an event called Junior Day. This year Junior Day is St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). Michigan hopes to draw some of their top recruits to the event in hopes of convincing them to return for an official visit later in the Spring.
It is already confirmed that 5-star safety Daxton Hill will be making the trip from Tulsa, Oklahoma for Junior Day. Hill is predicted to be debating between Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, and Michigan. Kenyatta Watson II, a 4-star safety out of Georgia is also said to be attending Junior Day in Ann Arbor.
Yet another coaching change. . .
During this off season, the Michigan coaching staff has had a massive shake up. Most recently, Ed Warinner has taken a job with the Wolverines as the offensive line coach, as reported by his Twitter bio (@4Warinner). But isn’t Tim Drevno the offensive line coach? That’s true too. Drevno is still listed as Michigan’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach; however, there are reports now that he has resigned and is taking a job at University of Southern California.
What does this have to do with recruiting? EVERYTHING. Coaches are one of the main reasons recruits pick schools. Players and coaches are often in close contact with one another and coaches build a close bond with the family and player throughout the recruiting process. So, Drevno leaving could have a ripple effect on 2019 recruits if he was recruiting anyone heavily. The recruit could choose not to look at Michigan anymore and even could choose to follow Drevno to where he ends up.
However, this is all theoretical. The main take away from the coaching changes is that Harbaugh is bolstering his recruiting game with some enthusiastic and high profile coaches (Jim McElwain), but he also needs to settle on a coaching staff soon so that coaches can start making those close connections with recruits ASAP.