The Wolverines were able to break a long streak of not landing any prospects from the state of Georgia in the 2016 class when they signed Cedar Grove (GA) LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse. The Michigan coaching staff is trying to carry that momentum into the next few recruiting cycles. There have been a ton of offers that have gone out during the spring evaluation period, mostly in the state(s) of California and Texas. However, The Wolverines sent out an offer to an under-the-radar prospect in 2018 Stone Mountain, GA (Stephenson) OG/DT Jalil Irvin on Thursday night.
Honored and blessed to say that I have received an offer from the University of Michigan 🙏🏾💯 pic.twitter.com/mh8zKgiTBN
— Jalil Irvin (@only1_lil) May 12, 2016
“Well, I was called into my coaches office and he told me that they (Michigan) offered,” Irvin informed me about his Michigan offer. “Then I talked to Coach Wheatley and he invited me to the camp and told me to take a visit. Coach Wheatley who told me they were offering, it brought me to tears it’s like a dream offer, so I was happy. Just wanted to tell me about the offer and that’s he wants me to come up to the campus and that they are having a camp on June 12th. I think he said he wants me to come.”
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive guard/defensive tackle is only a 2018 prospect, so he hasn’t gotten that much attention yet. He currently holds offers from Illinois, Tulane, and now Michigan. However, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, and North Carolina have all been in contact with Irvin and have interest. With the latest offer, and all Michigan has to offer, The Wolverines are now Irvin’s new leader.
“I think Michigan is a great program historically and on a come up, I love everything about them and I’m from Michigan, so getting an offer means a lot,” Irvin said about Michigan. “As of right now, I’d have to say Michigan is currently my leader.”
With the major interest in Michigan and the offer from The Wolverines in Irvin’s pocket, he is now looking to head up north and visit Michigan. Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley is stressing for Irvin to come visit on June 12th for their camp.
“Coach Wheatley wants me to visit on June 12th for their camp. However, we will have to see, I to talk my mom and see what to do since I have summer workouts for the school. I will see, can’t make any promises as of now. Also, I haven’t had a chance to meet Michigan’s OL coach Tim Drevno yet, so I would like to visit so I could talk to him.”
Along with Michigan holding the lead in Irvin’s recruitment, they also have connections and local family in the area going for them. Irvin has a lot of family living in the Detroit area, not to mention but he is also very familiar with the state of Michigan.
“I was born in Michigan and my whole family lives up there. Detroit, that’s where my entire family is from, I miss it up there. My whole family was pretty happy when they heard Michigan offered, they want me to return home up in Michigan. That factor will mean a lot, definitely gives them an advantage.”
Irvin has the ability to play defensive tackle or offensive tackle at the next level. Whatever position he ends up playing at the next level, will play a major difference in where he will end up attending.
“I play all five positions of the offensive line and I play defensive tackle. However, offensive guard is my favorite position, and that’s what Michigan is recruiting me as.”
The Wolverines are in really good shape early on for Irvin. They already have the connections and the lead within his recruitment. However, more big-time offers are expected to come for Irvin. If Michigan continues to push, I think they will land Irvin.
– Shane Kinnee (Lead Recruiting Reporter)