Recruiting & Scouting

Michigan on the trail of two Farmington football players; John Glenn center Mike Edwards drawing attention on the hardwood

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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A scholarship offer from the University of Michigan is a hot commodity again under new football coach Jim Harbaugh.

Players like Farmington’s David Reese and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Cameron Kolwich of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s are among players that strive for in their recruiting.

Reese, one of the state’s top linebackers, and Kolwich, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman, both picked up scholarship offers from U-M in the past week.

According to multiple scouting services, the two juniors were both eager to receive a bid to play their college careers in Ann Arbor and it is possible each could commit by the summer.

Reese committed to Louisville last month, following in the footsteps of his teammate, wide receiver, Dez Fitzpatrick, who also recently obtained a U-M offer.

“Michigan had its eyes on those two since Harbaugh got there,” said Scout.com’s Kyle Bogenshultz of U-M’s recruitment of the Farmington pair. “I think once they have a quarterback in place for that class (2016), it might turn into a domino effect and you could see Reese and Fitzpatrick jump to Michigan with some other kids, too.”

Allen Trieu, the director of national scouting for Scout.com, said Reese (6-1, 230) is one of the best linebackers in the Midwest.

“David finds his way around the ball as well as anybody in this region of the country,” Trieu said.

Last fall Reese and Fitzpatrick helped lead Farmington to an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division title. Kolwich was a member of St. Mary’s’ 2014 Division 3 state championship. While Reese and Fitzpatrick are both considered three-star recruits, Kolwich is more of a sleeper. The U-M offer was only his second from a power conference (the other from Missouri).

“The coaches (at U-M) like his upside,” Bogenschultz said. “He’s got a nice motor, solid size and comes from a program with an elite pedigree.”

St. Mary’s will have at least a half-dozen Division I college recruits on its 2015 roster as coach George Porritt and his talent-stacked Eaglets seek a repeat.

St. Joseph sophomore defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher (6-3, 235) and Saline quarterback Josh Jackson are on Michigan’s list as well. Malone-Hatcher, a four-star recruit, got a U-M scholarship offer this winter, as well as ones from Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame. He was at several U-M football and basketball games this school year and received an Alabama offer this past weekend. Jackson, the son of longtime U-M assistant coach Fred Jackson, is waiting on a U-M offer. Jackson has received scholarship offers from Northwestern and West Virginia.

“Josh is intriguing, he’s got a big offseason ahead and a huge amount of potential,” said Bogenshultz of Jackson, who is expected to switch to receiver or cornerback in college. "The coaches at Michigan are obviously looking because of his dad's ties to the program."

On the basketball court, U-M is said to be interested in fast-rising post prospect Mike Edwards from Westland John Glenn. At 6-10 senior with length, athleticism and a soft touch, Edwards has been shooting up recruiting boards for the last month or so. The senior averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks this season.

Although U-M hasn’t offered yet, though one could come soon, Edwards has scooped offers from Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas State in the past few weeks.

“Mike’s a late bloomer, but has been very interesting to watch develop,” Bogenschultz said. “He’s gotten a lot better over the last year, he can do a lot of different things on the floor that coaches value. That’s boding well for him. He reminds some people of Yante Maten, in that his recruiting stock is soaring at the end of his senior season.”

Maten played at Bloomfield Hills, leading the Blackhawks to the 2014 Class A finals as he collected a bevy of offers late in the season, eventually signing with Georgia last April.