Trieu: Can UM land Florida stars in package deal?

By Allen Trieu, Special to The Detroit News
Devin Bush

Michigan had no commits from the state of Florida when Jim Harbaugh took over, but finished with three. Now the Wolverines are hoping to continue that Sunshine State momentum in the 2016 class.

One of the primary targets in that quest is Pembroke Pines linebacker Devin Bush, as well as his teammate, safety Devin Gil, a Miami Hurricanes commit who now has a Michigan offer.

Bush (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) visited Michigan earlier in the month, his first time on campus, and despite a late bout of winter weather, he came away very impressed.

"It was amazing," Bush to Scout's Sam Webb. "I haven't been a place like that before, so going up there, it was just crazy. Everything is just great up there. I loved it. It was snowing a little bit. I still loved it."

Bush's father, Devin Bush Sr., was a star at Florida State before being drafted in the first round and enjoying a seven-year NFL career. Thus, the Seminoles are one of the schools the Wolverines are battling for his talents, along with schools like Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami and many others who have extended scholarship offers.

The visit was important for the Wolverines because it allowed them to have the highly-touted prospect meet the entire staff.

"I was with everybody -- Coach Mattison, Coach Partridge, Coach Harbaugh," Bush said. "(Coach Harbaugh) is a player's coach. He's the truth. You can tell he knows how to win and how to run a program. He's done it countless times … brought teams back from the dead."

Gil, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety, is committed to Miami currently, but says he would like to take official visits before making a firm, final decision on Signing Day, Feb. 3. Bush has similar plans as far as taking officials and deciding closer to Signing Day, if not on Signing Day.

The question then becomes, are they a package deal?

"We grew up together," Gil said. "We played Little League together and his dad was always my coach. It is going to be hard to make that decision, either way. Wherever we go, we're always going to have each other's back."

Gil and Bush both plan to take an unofficial visit to Michigan together on June 14.

Wolverines offer freshman QB

St. Johns (Fla.) Bartram Trail quarterback Joey Gatewood is ahead of the curve. He's already 6-foot-3, 218 pounds as a high school freshman. He passed for 362 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 659 yards and six touchdowns last season, and is starting to build a pretty impressive offer list. Michigan recently extended an offer to him, joining Ohio State, Florida State, Miami, Clemson, UCLA, South Carolina and several others.

Athletic sophomore WR offered

Cleveland Heights class of 2017 wide receiver Jaylen Harris was offered by Michigan recently. An athletic 6-foot-5, 205-pound prospect, Harris is also a standout on the basketball court, but it is becoming clear he will have many major options on the gridiron.

"I was offered a scholarship by Coach Harbaugh," Harris said to Scout's Bill Greene. "My head coach gave me his number and asked me to call him, and when I did he offered me a scholarship. It was great talking to him, and I knew who he was from his time in the NFL. It was exciting just to talk to him."

Kentucky and Tennessee have also offered him a scholarship.

More information

Devin Bush profile

Devin Gil profile

Joey Gatewood profile

Jaylen Harris profile

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.