When Signing Day started, Michigan knew the greatest impact would come from which recruits it could flip.
So far today, there have been two big ones: running back Karan Higdon, formerly committed to Iowa, and cornerback Keith Washington, who was committed to California.
They are the fifth and sixth flipped players so far for new U-M coach Jim Harbaugh.
Higdon was the first bomb of the day.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster (4.45 40-yard dash) from Sarasota, Fla., had been committed to Iowa since September. His only official visit had been to Iowa City until last weekend, when he came to U-M.
U-M is filled with power backs on its roster, so this adds some speed in the mix. And it shows some in-roads in the talent-rich state of Florida.
The flip of Washington, a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder from Prattville, Ala., was key for U-M’s secondary, which needed a cornerback in this class and now has one with size.
“He’s a guy we’re going to start out at corner; he’s a long corner, does a great job playing press,” U-M defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin said on mgoblue.com today. “He was limited snaps defensively, he was a quarterback. He had some snaps at corner … there was enough there to look at to say we got something special. With him, he has so much upside because he’s just learning the position.”
It was a mixed bag for the Wolverines, and they grabbed a few of the lower-star targets, but fell short on a few others. Tight end Chris Clark chose UCLA and cornerback Jarius Adams stayed with Rutgers.
Roquan Smith, the Montezuma, Ga., linebacker who said on ESPNU that he’d sign with UCLA, has reopened his recruitment, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Michigan is still in the mix.
Cass Tech tailback Mike Weber stayed with Ohio State.
Here are Higdon’s highlights:
And here are Washington’s highlights:
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