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Trieu: Michigan was ‘dream school’ for QB Tyler Shough

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Tyler Shough and Jim Harbaugh

The last time Michigan took two quarterbacks in a recruiting class was 2015, when they signed Alex Malzone and Zach Gentry (now a tight end). Prior to that, the Wolverines took two in 2010 with Devin Gardner and Conelius Jones.

Those are the only two times that has happened since Scout began tracking recruiting classes in 2002, so should the Wolverines sign two quarterbacks in the 2018 class, it would be a rare occurrence.

It does stand a chance of happening, however, as Michigan already holds a verbal commitment from Orlando native Joe Milton and hosted Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton’s Tyler Shough last Friday.

Shough, who has admitted to being a childhood fan of Michigan, visited despite the knowledge of Milton’s commitment, and spoke with the Wolverine coaches about what that means.

"The coaches told me that whichever quarterback wins that starting job, they would build the offense around him," Shough said to Scout’s Blair Angulo. "I asked them about the quarterback situation and about Joe, as well, because he's a freak athlete. They were going to come watch me throw in person before they offered, but Coach Harbaugh watched my film and offered me. He told me he liked what he saw from the start, so that was cool to hear.”

Shough is a tall (6-5, 195 pounds) passer who finished his junior season with 2,079 yards (62-percent completion rate) and 27 touchdowns.

California, Indiana, Oregon State, Florida State and Louisville are among the programs Michigan is recruiting against for his commitment. That commitment is one Shough hopes will happen before he plays his senior season of football.

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After his visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan remains one of the primary schools in the running.

"Michigan is definitely up there for me,” Shough said. “It was a dream school growing up. Now I'm looking at schools where I could play and get coached by some great coaches in a good system. Michigan obviously fits that along with some other schools, so it's definitely something to consider."

Shough’s next visit will be to Indiana.

Michigan in running for massive OL

Jerome Carvin, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman from Cordova (Tenn.), was offered a scholarship by Michigan recently, and although Carvin had already been looking to narrow down his list of schools, Michigan was a significant enough offer to change his plans.

“The offer definitely shook some things up for me and probably pushed back my top 10 that I was dropping after my spring ball,” Carvin said to The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich. “It’s a very good chance (Michigan makes my new top list)."

The Wolverines join Indiana as only the second Big Ten offer on Carvin’s list, which is mainly comprised of SEC schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

Wolverines offer four-star California safety

Scout’s Greg Biggins reports Michigan has offered Anaheim (Calif.) Servite’s Julius Irvin, a 6-foot-1, 183-pound safety.

Irvin ranks as the nation’s No. 21 safety. His father is former Los Angeles Rams cornerback Leroy Irvin.

Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, UCLA and California are among Irvin’s other scholarship offers. He has not set any plans to visit Michigan at this time.

More information

Tyler Shough profile 

Julius Irvin profile

Jerome Carvin 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.