Michigan’s roster currently has four quarterbacks — none who has played significant snaps and two who have never played in a college football game.
That’s what new coach Jim Harbaugh inherited. Apparently, he’d like to add another to mix.
The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal quoted Albuquerque Eldorado High’s coach as saying that Harbaugh was in New Mexico on Monday to visit quarterback Zach Gentry, who is verbally committed to Texas.
Gentry, the nation’s No. 4-ranked pro-style quarterback by rivals.com, stands 6-feet-7, weighs 238 pounds and hasn’t wavered since he committed to the Longhorns in May. His November official visit was his only trip to a campus.
Yet suddenly, he entertained Harbaugh.
Now, according to orangebloods.com, the Texas rivals.com site, it appears Gentry will visit Michigan this weekend, a surprising move for a long-committed player.
Among Gentry’s recent Twitter followers are Harbaugh and U-M quarterbacks coach Jedd Fisch.
According to the Journal, Gentry passed for 2,978 yards and 26 touchdowns and ran for 1,057 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Gentry’s U-M interest could create a domino effect. He is the only quarterback committed to Texas in this class, but this week, 247Sports reported that Texas A&M commit Kyler Murray, the nation’s top dual-threat QB, visited Texas unofficially. He tweeted a photo of a Texas jersey this week.
Michigan already has Birmingham Brother Rice’s Alex Malzone enrolled in this class. (Photos of U-M’s recruits)
Two weeks ago, Michigan was connected to Gilmer (Texas) quarterback McLane Carter, whose coach tweeted that Harbaugh may visit. No further contact has been reported.
Prospects in the 2015 class who did not enroll in college early cannot sign a national letter of intent until Feb. 4, commonly referred to as National Signing Day. Michigan has two players currently enrolled in this class: Malzone and receiver/defensive back Brian Cole, plus four other verbal commitments. Experts believe that there might be up to 12 more scholarships slotted for this class.
U-M is still waiting for its first commitment since Harbaugh took the job on Dec. 30.
A national expert from rivals.com, Mike Farrell, seems confident in Michigan’s chances.
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