Michigan has had good success recently with landing athletic defensive backs with length who were under the recruiting radar. Neither Jeremy Clark nor Channing Stribling were particularly highly recruited, but both had the frames and skill sets to develop into starters for the Wolverines.
Brandon Sebastian fits a similar profile. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, Sebastian was, at times, overshadowed by Michigan commit Tarik Black, but his size and track speed make him an intriguing prospect.
Sebastian is committed to Boston College, but takes an official visit to Michigan this weekend, and the Wolverines hope to add him to the class.
“(Defensive coordinator) Don Brown loves me," Sebastian said. "He recruited me to Boston College, so I thought he would recruit me because he said I was a top priority."
The Wolverines have Brown and Black in their corner and also defensive end Kwity Paye, who was committed to Boston College at one point, as well, but flipped to the Wolverines and is now attempting to get Sebastian to do the same.
"(Kwity) is trying to flip me right now," Sebastian said. "He said it’s unbelievable there and it’s an eye-opener, and you cannot say ‘no’ to the position he’s in."
Having played wide receiver in high school, Sebastian is noted for having excellent ball skills. He also returned kicks this season, running one back for a score. Some schools talked to him about playing offense, but he has embraced defense as his future.
Will he embrace Michigan as his future? This weekend’s visit may determine that.
"I see a great defense, and defense wins championships," he said.
Early enrollees on campus
Michigan had 11 players from this recruiting class enroll for this semester.
They are defensive backs Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Benjamin St. Juste, Ambry Thomas and J’Marick Woods, wide receivers Tarik Black and Donovan Peoples-Jones, linebacker Ben Mason, offensive linemen JaRaymond Hall and Cesar Ruiz, and defensive linemen Corey Malone-Hatcher and Donovan Jeter.
These players will practice with the team during spring practice and play in the annual spring game.
Of those 11 early enrollees, nine are currently rated as four-star prospects by Scout.
Local lineman offered roster spot
Dearborn Fordson offensive lineman Zac Darwiche was offered a preferred walk-on spot by Michigan this week. Darwiche holds several scholarship offers and preferred walk-on opportunities from Miami (Fla.) and others.
Darwiche (6-4, 290 pounds) was a Detroit News All-Metro West selection as well as an AP All-State selection as a senior.
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.