Jim Harbaugh plays ping-pong on recruiting visit; coaching chaos leads to more de-commits elsewhere

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Table tennis, anyone?

It’s recruiting season, which means coach Jim Harbaugh is going to show up on video with a prospect. The first one of this 2018 cycle has appeared, and it shows off Harbaugh’s table tennis skills. Harbaugh and assistant coach Greg Frey were in Norcross, Ga., visiting tight end Tommy Tremble on Wednesday when the coach and prospective recruit went head-to-head.

Harbaugh has previously had a recruiting sleepover with kicker Quinn Nordin, driven go-carts with defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon’s little sister and jumped in a pool with wide receiver Oliver Martin and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton in previous years. A little ping-pong is relatively normal by Harbaugh’s standards.

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Speaking of Hamilton, he was in Louisiana this week visiting 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. The former Florida commit has become a top priority for Michigan, which does not yet have a wide receiver committed to the 2018 class.

Chase suffered a PCL injury in the first round of the Louisiana Division I playoffs for Archbishop Rummel High School. He finished the season with 61 receptions for 1,011 yards and 15 touchdowns, while catching 115 passes for 2,152 yards and 30 touchdowns in his high school career. Chase took an official visit to Michigan last weekend for the Ohio State game and was using crutches.

The injury isn’t bad enough to scare off the Wolverines, who found out this week that Drake Harris and Maurice Ways will use their final seasons of eligibility as grad transfers elsewhere. Michigan has six scholarship wide receivers coming back next season plus Nate Schoenle, a former walk-on who played in 10 games this season on offense and special teams.  

Any Michigan interest in Florida State de-commits?

More coaching upheaval and uncertainty, this time at Florida State, has meant more players re-opening their recruitments. Cornerback Houston Griffith and center Verdis Brown, both players at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and safety Israel Mukuamu of Bossier City, La., announced their de-commitments on Wednesday.

Michigan has offered Griffith and Brown previously, but it’s uncertain at this point how much it will get back into the mix for the players. The Wolverines have not offered Mukuamu. The 247Sports composite rates Griffith and Brown as 4-star prospects, while Mukuamu is rated as a 3-star player.

Michigan already has four defensive backs committed to the 2018 class, with twin brothers Ge’mon Green and German Green, Sammy Faustin and Myles Sims, so the position group isn’t a high priority. There are 12 scholarship players due to return next season playing cornerback, safety and the safety/linebacker-hybrid viper position. Brown is rated as the No. 4 center in the 2018 class, but Michigan has freshman Cesar Ruiz, the 2017 No. 1 center, coming back next season. Ruiz started the final four games this season at right guard but is expected to move to center next season with the departure of fifth-year senior Patrick Kugler.

This is a position group that does need improvement. Michigan lost Emil Ekiyor when he flipped his commitment to Alabama, and there are only two offensive linemen committed to the 2018 class at this time with tackles Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes.

Green twins get a visit.

Defensive backs coach Brian Smith was in Texas on Wednesday visiting the Green twins. They just completed their season for DeSoto (Texas) with a loss in the second round of the Class 6A Division 2 playoffs against South Lake Carroll.

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