Trieu: It's another Spielman, and Harbaugh has offered
Michigan made an interesting offer last weekend to Eden Prairie (Minn.) wide receiver J.D. Spielman. The offer is notable for a number of reasons. It is the first football offer for the elusive 5-foot-9, 175-pound receiver and return man. He is committed to Ohio State for lacrosse, where older brother Ronnie is on the team. His father Rick Spielman is the GM of the Minnesota Vikings and his uncle is former Ohio State and Detroit Lions standout linebacker Chris Spielman.
Despite some of the Buckeye connections, Spielman has been open to Michigan throughout the recruiting process and knowing that, his father helped him get in touch with the new staff in Ann Arbor. That led to what transpired Sunday.
"Coach Harbaugh told me I had the offer over the phone," Spielman says. "It means a lot to me. After countless hours of hard work, it's good to finally see it start to pay off. Also, it's great to have it be from Michigan because they have an amazing school, great academic, and I know Coach Harbaugh is going to do great things while he's there."
Spielman has visited Michigan for lacrosse, but plans to get to Ann Arbor again soon to meet with the football staff and see the facilities. He says he is likely to do that during camp.
When asked toward the end of football season if he would consider a football scholarship over his current lacrosse commitment, Spielman said, "I already told the lacrosse coach that if I picked up a football offer, I would decommitt and play football."
That offer has now come.
As a junior, Spielman was an All-Metro selection after recording over 600 yards and five touchdowns on offense and also adding two touchdowns on punt returns. He averaged 33 yards a return. He also chipped in 47 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
J.D. Spielman is one of six children adopted by Rick Spielman and his wife, Michele.
Wolverines offer California DE
Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan junior Bryson Young added a Michigan offer last week. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end told Scout's Sam Webb that he has Michigan fans in his family and is a Tom Brady fan, but beyond that, still needs to get to campus and learn more about the school.
"I was not expecting Michigan to look at me," he said. "They're a great school and I never would have thought that they looked over here for players. It was a complete shock."
That said, Young admits he grew up a fan of USC. The Trojans have not offered yet, but Colorado State, Fresno State and Oregon State have. A true gauge of Michigan's place in the race for his signature won't be had until he gets to campus, but he made it clear the Wolverines, and in particular, head coach Jim Harbaugh, have his attention.
"(Talking to Harbaugh) was one of those (things) I'll never forget," he said. "That was amazing. I did not expect that at all. Talking to a coach from Michigan is fantastic enough, and talking to Harbaugh -- that was just unexpected. I'll never forget that. That was great."
Recruit has decision timeline
Dylan Crawford, a highly-recruited wide receiver from Santa Margarita (Calif.), told Scout's Greg Biggins that he hopes to make a decision in July at The Opening, should he be selected for the Nike-sponsored event.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound four-star denies a leader at this time.
"The schools recruiting me the hardest are USC, Michigan, Stanford, California and Washington -- those are the main ones," he said. "I'm planning to visit Stanford in the next couple of weeks and I want to visit Michigan again this summer if I can.
"I went out there last year and loved it there. That was kind of a dream offer for me and I love the facilities, the indoor set up they have and the passion of the fan base. With Coach Harbaugh there, that's makes them even more attractive. He's a winner, and who doesn't want to play for someone like that?"
Crawford is teammates with one of the nation's top quarterbacks and a Michigan target, K.J. Costello.
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.