USC’s Rising Stars Camp brought more than 700 recruits to Southern California, spread across five fields to be coached and evaluated by a variety of college coaching staffs.
Michigan was one of those schools. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and some of his staff attended and made the trip a worthwhile one, extending scholarship offers to four prospects while there.
By many accounts, Gardena (Calif.) Serra athlete Bryan Addison was the top performer at the event. A top-100 national prospect, the 6-foot-4 Addison earned a Michigan offer, as well as one from Ohio State after exhibiting top-level skill on both sides of the ball.
“Addison was the top overall player at the Rising Stars Camp Sunday,” USCFootball.com’s Gerard Martinez said. “While he started off the camp coasting through drills as a defensive back, Addison turned it up on offense and defense when the competitive periods began. Addison had two interceptions and some tremendous receptions as a wide receiver.”
Addison had already named a top seven of USC, UCLA, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State. USC has had a lot of success at Serra and Addison’s brother plays at Arizona State, so this may be a tough hill for Michigan to climb, but the Wolverines are trying to get him to Ann Arbor for a visit.
The Wolverines also offered class of 2019 defensive back Chris Steele. The Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco product is already committed to UCLA. He attended the Rising Stars Camp but did not actually participate. That still did not stop Michigan from offering.
“Coach Brian Smith was telling me that he really likes my film," he told The Michigan Insider’s Evan Petzold. "I want to build a relationship with the whole coaching staff (at Michigan) so that we can have a good relationship if I decide to go there."
That relationship building might include a visit to Ann Arbor this summer, but a date has not been schedule yet.
Jaden Navarrette, a class of 2020 athlete from Corona (Calif.) Centennial who can play linebacker or wide receiver, was offered by Michigan. An impressive young specimen at nearly 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, Navarrette was also offered by Ohio State at the camp. He was offered by USC at last year’s Rising Stars Camp when he was only just finishing his freshman year.
The Wolverines also offered class of 2019 defensive end Justus Legg, who made the trip down from Auburn (Wash.) Riverside for the camp.
Four-star tight end offered
Michigan extended an offer to Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford this week. Ford (6-6, 250 pounds) is ranked as the No. 5 tight end in the country and a top-100 player overall in the 2018 class on Scout.
Ford was committed to Arkansas, but recently decommitted in an effort to visit more schools before firming up a decision.
Michigan has recently been in contact and following the offer, Ford said he will look to schedule a visit to Ann Arbor in July.
He is scheduled to visit Alabama, LSU and Georgia in June and is looking at Oregon and Ohio State in July.
BBQ at the Big House date set
The annual BBQ at the Big House, which has become a major recruiting event for the Wolverines, will be July 29 this year.
This will be the ninth year of the event. Over the course of those nine years, numerous top prospects have attended and many have ended up signing with Michigan.
Last year, the event had 18 of Michigan’s eventual 29 signees at it, including Oliver Martin, Deron Irving-Bey, James Hudson, Tarik Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Jaylen Kelly-Powell and more. The nation’s top prospect, running back Najee Harris, who would eventually sign with Alabama, also attended.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.