Trieu: UM gets in early on Florida freshman phenom Eaford
The last time Michigan went down to Deerfield Beach, the Wolverines came back with Denard Robinson, who became an All-American, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a wildly popular player in Ann Arbor, beyond his many other records and accolades.
Michigan has a great chance to grab another extraordinary talent from that school, defensive end Ge’Mon Eaford. However, they will have to wait a few years to see if that will come to fruition because Eaford is only a freshman.
Despite his youth, Eaford (6-2, 215 pounds) already has scholarship offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Michigan, which was the second school to offer and is his early favorite.
“I like what they do,” Eaford told Scout’s Chad Simmons. “I like their coach, Jim Harbaugh, and I like the recruiting class they just had, and I like the environment up there.”
Analysts in Florida are projecting Eaford to be one of the state’s and possibly the country’s top recruits by the time he is a senior. He immediately made a varsity impact as a freshman, recording 46 tackles, three sacks and an interception, which earned him Max Preps Freshman All-American honors.
The early success has not gone to his head as the young phenom has continued to work on and off the field to live up to the expectations that are mounting for the rest of his high school career.
“I work hard. I listen to what my coaches tell me,” he said. “I do what I’m supposed to do in the classroom. I listen to what other players on the field tell me. I do what I’m supposed to do in the weight room. Where I’m at, you have to do a lot because it’s not easy.”
The race for him will only heat up as more as he continues to receive offers. Many others beyond the six who have offered have inquired.
Early leads in recruiting are nice, but never a sure thing. Yet, the success Michigan has had in Florida and surrounding states over the last few years shows they can get top southern talents to come north, especially when they are comfortable with the climate.
“I actually like the cold,” Eaford said.
He currently does not have any visits planned to Michigan.
The Wolverines have also offered his junior teammate, Jerry Jeudy, a highly-recruited wide receiver.
Wisconsin lineman set to visit
Port Washington (Wis.) offensive tackle Tyler Beach (6-6, 275 pounds) will visit Michigan for a spring practice on March 12. Beach already has an offer from the Wolverines, but this will be his first opportunity to come to campus and meet the staff. Beach has additional offers from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Illinois and several more.
Wolverines have to battle for Florida TE
Michigan recently offered Clearwater (Fla.) junior Kane Taylor, a prospect some schools are recruiting as a defensive lineman. The Wolverines are recruiting him as a tight end.
While the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Taylor says he likes Michigan’s tight end usage and head coach Jim Harbaugh, he still puts the Wolverines behind Miami (Fla.) and Ole Miss on his list right now. He is visiting Auburn, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee over the next several weeks.
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.