Since Jim Harbaugh arrived at Michigan, the Wolverines have done a phenomenal job landing the top player out of several different states in each class. Well, he’s done it again. In 2015, he signed New Mexico’s top player in QB/TE Zach Gentry and he’s now landed the state’s top 2017 prospect as Los Lunas (NM) RB O’Maury Samuels has committed to Michigan.
Committed to Michigan〽️ pic.twitter.com/2WSegkm9KR
— O’maury Samuels (@Shmallz20) April 4, 2016
Samuels is one of the least known athletes in the class. He proved his all around athleticism at The Opening Regional camp at JerryWorld, posting a 138.30 rating (which is the best in the class so far) against some of the top players in the nation. That speed, strength, agility and physical build is what the staff wants and needs out of another running back in the 2017 class as he’s the true home run threat the depth chart needs. With top level coaching, he could be a star for the Wolverines.
Speaking of his performance at The Opening Regional, that is what put him on the recruiting world map. Just a day after, he received his offer from Michigan and UM looked to be a top option to reel in the New Mexico star. He quickly set up a visit for the spring game and saw everything he needed to see in Ann Arbor. Thanks to the visit and the staff’s need for a player of his caliber, he decided to end his recruitment the Sunday after his trip.
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 190lbs
- Hometown (School): Los Lunas, NM (Los Lunas)
- Notable Offers: Arizona, TCU, New Mexico
- Rankings: Scout (4*, #23 RB) – Rivals (NR) – 247Sports (4*, #293 overall) – ESPN (NR)
As for the Rest of the Class: Samuels is the 11th overall commit and 3rd running back commit of the 2017 class. And he should be the last tailback to join the fray unless someone leaves the class. The staff should now put their main focus on other offensive weapons, including WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR Nico Collins and WR Tarik Black.
Photo Credit: John T. Greilick, Detroit News