Recruiting & Scouting

Michigan receives first two commits with Harbaugh at helm; local players weigh options

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Jim Harbaugh bagged the first two recruits as the University of Michigan’s football coach over the weekend and both are from out-of-state. Defensive end Reuben Jones is from Lakeland, Fla., and quarterback Zach Gentry is from Albuquerque (NM).

The next batch could be from Metro Detroit.

Harbaugh took his first trip into the area early last week, making stops at a number of football powers to introduce himself to several highly-statured coaches and players.

His visits included Farmington Hills Harrison, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Warren De La Salle, Detroit Catholic Central, Detroit Cass Tech and Detroit King. De La Salle and St. Mary’s are defending state champions in Division 2 and Division 3, respectively. Photos of him with St. Mary's coach George Porritt, Harrison coach John Herrington and Catholic Central coach Tom Mach circulated social media in the wake of his departure.

While at Harrison, Harbaugh extended a scholarship offer to Hawks defensive end Khalid Kareem (6-foot-5, 250 pounds), maybe the fastest-rising recruit in the Class of 2016. In the last 10 days, Kareem, who had 85 tackles and 19 sacks in 2014, helping lead his team to the Division 2 semifinals, has nabbed scholarship offers from U-M, Michigan State and Ohio State. He is considered a four-star recruit and boasts two dozen scholarship offers in all (Oregon, Wisconsin, Boston College, Miami (FL), California, Maryland, Penn State, Tennessee and Wake Forest, among others).

“Khalid is a very nice prospect, he had a great junior season and he has a lot of tools to work with in terms of enticing recruiters” said Allen Trieu, director of national scouting for scout.com. “I love how fast he gets off the ball. I love his motor.”

 

West Bloomfield senior defensive tackle Eddy Wilson (6-4, 260) de-committed from Bowling Green and committed to Purdue last week, thanking his recruiters at Bowling Green via Twitter. Last fall Wilson was West Bloomfield’s captain and emotional leader. He led the Lakers to a 9-2 record and the program’s first playoff win, recording 80 tackles and eight sacks.

“I wanted to play in the Big Ten,” he said. “This gave me that chance and I didn’t want to miss out on it.”

The same day Wilson committed to Purdue, its staff offered scholarships to Wilson’s high school teammates, junior quarterback Trishton Jackson and junior defensive back-wide receiver Navon Mosley.

In other news, Southfield senior defensive end Charles Harris (6-5, 250) committed to the University of Buffalo. Harris blasted onto the recruiting scene this past season, posting 65 tackles, including 27 TFLs, and 12 sacks on a Bluejays squad that advanced into the Division 2 semifinals.

With a little more than a week to go before National Signing Day, Oak Park senior linebacker Junior McMullen (6-2, 235) has de-committed from Western Michigan and Southfield cornerback Ja’Mar Antwine (5-10, 160) de-committed from Central Michigan.

McMullen is considering Minnesota, Indiana, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Miami (OH) and Akron. Antwine is considering Bowling Green, Ohio, Western Michigan and possibly a prep school.