Jim Harbaugh made the most area recruiting news this week when he and his Wolverines staff rolled into Grand Prairie on Tuesday for a 250-player camp.
While the Michigan coaches couldn’t technically “recruit” players, the message was clear: Part of Harbaugh’s plan to reinvigorate the Michigan program will involve staking a claim in Texas recruiting.
According to Rivals, the Wolverines have offered 30 Texas recruits from the class of 2016, including Trophy Club Nelson defensive end Brandon Bowen and Euless Trinity defensive lineman Chris Daniels. Eleven players from the class of 2017 already have Michigan offers.
The number of UM 2016 offers is up from 17 for the class of 2015 and seven for the class of 2014.
It’s not much of a surprise, though, that Bowen and Daniels have drawn national interest.
Scout released its updated top 300 national ranking, which covers spring evaluations. Locally, Bowen led the way at 83rd overall, while Daniels was No. 103. Houston Bellaire receiver Courtney Lark led TCU commitments at No. 141.
Here’s a look at the other area prospects who made the list, with their 247 Sports Composite profiles linked:
109: Fort Worth All Saints defensive tackle Mike Williams
137: Arlington Lamar offensive lineman Chris Owens
179: Southlake Carroll defensive back Obi Eboh
198: Arlington Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele
284: Southlake Carroll running back Lil’Jordan Humphrey
And the other TCU commits:
204: Sewo Olonilua
221: Keshawn Somerville
253: Trayveon Williams
Busy at Bowie
A few weeks ago, Arlington Bowie offensive lineman Tope Imade committed to Texas. The Vols’ 2015 class also featured two Big 12 linemen: Madison Akamnonu to Texas Tech and Clyde McCauley to Kansas.
But as usual, Bowie is loaded with speed and athleticism.
Running back DeAndre Cook, a rising senior, received his fifth offer this week, from San Diego State. Houston, Kansas, Colorado State and SMU have also offered Cook, who earned first-team District 4-6A as a junior.
Receiver Jesse Ebozue also received two offers, from Texas State and UT-San Antonio. Anthony Hawkins, another Bowie receiver, has an offer from Kansas.
Elite 11 update
Arlington Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele qualified for the Elite 11 finals, the Nike-sponsored national quarterback competition that’s held in conjuction with The Opening in Eugene, Ore. in July.
Buechele, a Texas commit, was competing in the Elite 11 semifinals in California last weekend when he earned the invite to Oregon. Mansfield Lake Ridge quarterback Jett Duffey, a Texas Tech commit, was also at the semifinals.
Duffey earned his invitation to the national finals in May, when he won MVP honors at The Opening’s Charlotte, N.C. regional.
Two of the area’s top 2017 prospects had another big week.
Southlake Carroll safety Robert Barnes received offers from Oklahoma and Texas Tech, while Kennedale Baron Browning received an offer from Alabama. Browning visited the Crimson Tide last weekend.
Fort Worth South Hills quarterback Tracin Wallace and receiver Tylan Wallace and Aledo lineman Wes Harris are a few of the other top 2017 prospects in the area.
Harris to Kansas
Aledo 2016 offensive lineman Hunter Harris, the brother of TCU commit Wes Harris, committed to Kansas this week. The Jayhawks have increased their presence in Dallas-Fort Worth since the hiring of head coach David Beaty, who started out as a Metroplex high school coach. They also will likely benefit from new defensive coordinator Kenny Perry’s connections throughout the area.
Perry was the head coach at Arlington Bowie through the 2012 season before joining the TCU staff. With the Frogs, he spent his first year as somewhat of a recruiting liaison between high school coaches and the team. Before last season, he was named cornerbacks coach.
Colleyville Heritage DB Reid Harrison-Ducros picked up an offer from Yale and visited SMU’s camp this week.
Keller DE Houston Miller attended Texas Tech’s camp at Lancaster last weekend. Miller holds 15 offers, and it appears as if the Red Raiders might be the leader among those.
Grapevine RB RalphLauren McCauley picked up offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State, with Houston showing interest.
Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760