Over the past week, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been making moves on the 2019 recruiting class (aka handing out offers), but perhaps the biggest offer of the past week was to ex-Florida head coach Jim McElwain. After committing and signing with the Wolverines, McElwaing arrived in Ann Arbor on Sunday ready to work with the wide receivers. It is assumed he will not only be the wide receivers coach, but eventually also the offensive coordinator. So what’s that saying? Oh, right — keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This one is rather fitting as well: if you can’t beat them, join them.
A couple of other Florida recruits and Michigan offerees (this time players) have been busy this past week.
John Dunmore, 4-star WR
Dunmore is one of the top receivers in Florida. He was originally committed to the Florida Gators, but decommitted near the end of January. On Saturday he announced plans to visit Michigan on April 14. However, this news was overshadowed by Dunmore receiving an offer from Florida State, his “dream school” while visiting Tallahassee over the weekend. Dunmore also has offers from in-conference rivals Ohio State and Penn State.
Noah Cain, 5-star RB
Cain is from one of Harbaugh’s favorite recruiting hotbeds: the IMG Academy. The 5-11 running back is compact and powerful, a running brick wall already weighing in at 207 pounds.
The 5-star recruit was at the University of Miami on Saturday, however, he was most likely stopping by the school because he was in town for the first of Nike Football’s The Opening camps, which was held in Miami on Sunday.
Way-too-early predictions have Cain favoring the Buckeyes, but with Harbaugh’s connections to the IMG Academy (No. 1 center in the 2017 class, Cesar Ruiz, is from IMG, and don’t forget the Spring Break the Wolverines spent at the high school) and the possibility of a new offensive coordinator in McElwain (a coaching position that seemed to be divided between too many coaches last season), the Wolverines are in no way out of the running for this 5-star.
For those unfamiliar with Nike Football’s The Opening, they are invite-only camps attended by the country’s elite players. Coaches from across the country go to the camps to watch and evaluate recruits. The Opening also has specific camps for the most talented quarterbacks in the country called the Elite 11. Some prominent Elite 11 alumni include Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, USC’s Sam Darnold, Clemson/Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Michigan’s Joe Milton and Brandon Peters, and (soon to be) Michigan’s Shea Patterson. The Opening is an event to keep your eye on, as Miami is only the first of many camps going on from now until May.