The Michigan coaching staff backed up picking up a huge commitment on Monday with extending a handful of offers to 2017 targets that could help out a new quarterback, including a running back to watch very closely throughout the cycle.
Wylie East (TX) RB Eno Benjamin
— Eno Benjamin™ (@eno_benjamin5) February 16, 2016
Benjamin has been in contact with the Michigan staff, especially RB coach Tyrone Wheatley, since they took over the program last year. Throughout that contact, he’s been waiting patiently but wanting that offer as much as most, and now with it in hand, UM is in great shape.
He let me know that while Iowa is still his leader, Michigan is “somewhere at the top as well.” He’ll be visiting Ann Arbor on March 8th with his family and running back coach, and if the staff puts on a show, I believe the Wolverines could be fighting for the leader spot soon after.
Lafayette (KY) OL Jedrick Wills
— jedypoo® (@JWills73) February 16, 2016
While Benjamin is the early favorite on this offer list to join the class, Wills is the top ranked player. He’s the #15 overall player on Rivals, the #53 overall player on Scout and 247Sports, and #85 overall player on ESPN. Add in him being at a huge position of need and it’s likely that the staff takes a full run at him to try and sway him away from the in-state Wildcats.
Kimberly (WI) OG Logan Bruss
Excited to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Michigan! pic.twitter.com/C7oB09OiIG
— Logan Bruss (@LoganBruss) February 17, 2016
Bruss is another offensive lineman that will be a tough pull out of his home state as the Badgers are the heavy favorites early on. This offer is his 3rd B1G and P5 offer, and with it in hand, expect more teams to start extending offers. He may be a bit undersized at the moment but he has great strength, hands and feet that should make him a perfect fit for any pro-style offense.
St. Mary’s (CA) OL Popo Aumavae
— ひØVØ PØひ (@PopoAumavae) February 16, 2016
Aumavae was the 3rd offensive lineman offered and, from the look of things, the least likely to end up at Michigan. He’s a big, physical lineman that can play either side of the ball but looks like a future force as an offensive guard. But early odds have him staying on the west coast.
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