Football coach Jim Harbaugh missed Michigan’s first trip to the Pacific at the start of June, but he’s making an impact during the second swing through.
As a few Michigan coaches ran satellite and youth camps the past few days in Hawaii, the Wolverines offered a scholarship to 2020 quarterback prospect Sol-Jay Maiava.
Classified as a dual-threat quarterback, Maiava tweeted that it was his first scholarship offer. Given that passing game coordinator Jedd Fisch isn’t on the trip — he tweeted a photo of himself hosting Michigan quarterbacks and receivers at his house last night — this appears to be a Harbaugh decision.
According to youth1.com, Maiava is 6-feet-1 and 180 pounds and will attend Hawaii’s Kahuku High this fall. Michigan has offered eighth-graders before, but not often. Last year, the Wolverines were among the first to offer 2019 linebacker Owen Pappoe.
A tweet this week from a reporter at youth1.com showed Michigan player personnel director Tony Tuioti alongside Maiava and Harbaugh, who was wearing a Mmichigan/Hawaii shirt on which the “M” began the word “mahalo,” which means “thank you” in Hawaii.
Known for his development of quarterbacks, this was an interesting long-range offer by Harbaugh. Michigan has a commitment from 2017’s No. 1 quarterback, Dylan McCaffrey, but QBs in the later recruiting classes have yet to make their decisions.