By Joe Vitale:
We all know the state of Georgia is a hotbed of recruiting activity for Division I football coaches. The state annually produces some of the finest high school athletes in the country, and in very large numbers. Georgia coach Kirby Smart has been trying to build a fence around the state, and his 2017 class is an early indication that he is succeeding.
With border schools Auburn (38 Georgia players), South Carolina (26), Tennessee (25), Clemson (17) Florida State and Alabama routinely raiding the Peach State for premium talent, ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren claims Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh is the greatest threat to the Dawgs.
In two seasons, Harbaugh has signed three Georgia preps, including five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon this year. Harbaugh’s controversial remarks and satellite camps in Georgia incited a territorial recruiting war with the Bulldogs and SEC. It’s no coincidence that the Wolverine head coach brought his blue and maize caravan down south….this is where the players are.
For the 2018 class, four-star linebacker Otis Reese from Lee County committed to Michigan in late 2016. And four-star Westlake cornerback Myles Sims is a near-lock to commit to Michigan.
Sims told ESPN, “When you see big-name players from here going to Michigan, everyone says, ‘Wait, we need to see what’s up and see what Michigan is about.’”
Michigan is a proud program with a ton of history and given Harbaugh’s recent success, he’ll be making frequent incursions into the Peach State. Michigan will never match the Georgia prep numbers of the Dawgs’ border state rivals, but those elite four and five-star recruits will be on the Wolverines’ radar.