At this early stage of the process, Scout has only named 10 five-star prospects in the 2018 class, but one of them is Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer, who has offers from around the country, including Michigan.
The Wolverines offered in the spring and have a battle on their hands. Salyer, a powerful 6-foot-3, 327-pound recruit, says Georgia and Clemson are the two schools who stand out the most at this point. However, Michigan will have an opportunity to change that as he says he will visit Michigan.
“I definitely want to get up there and see a game," Salyer said. "I talk to the coaches every once in a while, my coach keeps in contact with them and let me know what they say. I think they want me to come up for a visit to get a feel about what Michigan is about."
An invitation to The Opening Finals as a rising junior is a big honor and an unusual one. However, Salyer proved the Student Sports staff right by going out to Oregon and not only holding his own during the event, but earning praise as one of the top overall linemen.
“He’s just a big powerful guard,” director of football Todd Huber said. “He’s not going to jump off the charts measureables wise, testing wise, but he has all the traits of an NFL guard. He has power, power through and through. Every inch he uses to his advantage and he brought it to the defensive linemen.”
Salyer’s visit, he says, will depend on when Michigan’s schedule lines up with his own, so the specific game has not been chosen yet. He also noted that he might try to double-dip while up north and see Michigan State as well.
That shows his willingness to explore options outside of the South, despite his two current leaders being southern schools.
“Every athlete wants to stay next to mama,” he said, “but you have to branch out in the world and I’m open to both.”
While location is not necessarily a primary factor, academics are for Salyer, who is also a good student.
“I just want to be part of a good program, good learning environment, because academics come first for me,” he said, “and also a good program that can develop me at the next level. Even if I didn’t play at the next level, would a degree from the school really mean something, because I want to study business.”
This fall, the UM staff likely will have an opportunity to show this elite prospect that school is Michigan.
Salyer says he could commit next July, but is open to deciding earlier or later depending on when he gets the right feel for a program.
Four-star Stanford commit set to visit
Salt Lake City Brighton running back Sione Heimuli-Lund confirmed with The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich that he will attend Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House on Aug. 6.
A four-star athlete, Heimuli-Lund (6-0, 225 pounds) could play running back, fullback or possibly another position in college. He is committed to Stanford but has stated that he will take official visits to Michigan and LSU.
USC also recently offered and he plans to visit the Trojans.
Younger Stribling catches Michigan’s eye
Michigan has had some brotherly connections on the team recently, notably Delano and Lavert Hill and Jared and Jack Wangler, among others.
It took the Wolverines until summer camp before his senior season to unearth a sleeper from North Carolina named Channing Stribling a few years back. He caught the Wolverines’ eye during a session of Air Force football, earned an offer, and now enters the season as the likely starter at cornerback.
His younger brother Mahari Stribling is a class of 2018 prospect at Loganville (Ga.) Grayson and, like his older brother, is using summer camps to get out from under the radar. Boston College became the first school to offer him a scholarship and Michigan has him on the radar.
“I talked to (defensive backs) Coach (Michael) Zordich, (defensive coordinator) Coach (Don) Brown and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh for a few, but I talked to Coach Zordich and Coach Brown more,” Stribling said. “They talked to me about picking what position to play and that for them to recruit me, I'd basically have to play defense.”
Previously more of a wide receiver, Stribling says this is the first season he will concentrate more on defensive back, and hopes that materializes into an offer from Michigan.
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.