Trieu: Harbaugh targets Nebraska TE commit Matt Snyder
Michigan's current football staff has cast a wide recruiting net in a short period of time, handing out offers to prospects around the country, many of them committed to other schools. The Wolverines' recruiting board for finishing out this class has started to come into focus.
One of the new names is San Ramon (Calif.) Valley High tight end Matt Snyder, who is committed to Nebraska, but earned an offer from Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh recently and is giving the Maize and Blue more than a passing thought.
"Everybody knows he's been a great coach in college and the NFL, so getting a call just alone to talk to him for 10 minutes was a pretty cool thing," Snyder told Go Blue Wolverine's Josh Newkirk. "Obviously I'm interested in Michigan. It's an exciting thing."
Snyder says he is still discussing the possibility of an official visit to Ann Arbor, but that has not been set yet. He did add that Michigan will be the only school he considers other than Nebraska, and noted that he would have to "fall in love" with Michigan to switch his commitment.
What does intrigue him, however, is Harbaugh's history of using the tight end.
"He said he's running the same type of offense he ran at Stanford with the tight end," Snyder said. "He talked about the tight ends he sent to the NFL and how he's trying to build up a tight end army again. That's very intriguing and good thing to hear."
Snyder held additional offers from California, Oregon State, Yale, Colorado State, San Jose State and others at the time of his commitment to the Cornhuskers.
Michigan recruiting notes
* Michigan offered West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West offensive tackle Nolan Ulizio earlier in the week. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Ulizio is committed to Connecticut, but has seen a surge of recruiting attention after a strong senior season. A visit to Michigan is possible for this weekend, but Scout Ohio analyst Dave Berk says Pittsburgh is a dark horse who might jump to the top of his recruitment, as well.
* Roquan Smith, the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker on Scout, took an official visit to Michigan last weekend. The Macon County (Ga.) star told Scout's Chad Simmons that the Wolverines made a big move and that playing for Jim Harbaugh and his NFL connections would be "tough to pass up." Smith now has a top three of Michigan, Georgia and UCLA. A decision is planned for National Signing Day, Feb. 4
* Michigan continues to recruit prospects committed to their Big Ten rivals. The Wolverines reached out to Michigan State commit Khari Willis, a running back-safety from Jackson Lumen Christi this week, but Willis has not been offered yet. They also offered Ohio State quarterback commit Joey Burrow, but the Athens High star signal-caller has said he will stick with the Buckeyes. However, rumblings persist that the Wolverines continue to actively recruit running back Mike Weber and Jerome Baker, who are both committed to Ohio State, and Scout insiders have left the door open for both players to consider Michigan up until National Signing Day.
Underclassmen get UM attention
* According to Scout's Brandon Huffman, Michigan has offered Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd linebacker Camilo Eifler. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Eifler was offered by tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh, who stopped into the school. He has additional offers from Cal, Colorado, Duke, Northwestern, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.
* A second Golden State underclassman, Antioch sophomore running back Najee Harris, was offered as well. According to Huffman, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Harris is in contention to be the top prospect on the West Coast in his class and may end up as a five-star prospect. He holds offers from BYU, Cal, Hawaii, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State, Washington and Utah.
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.