Two more 2016 Michigan football targets cut their lists and announced that the Wolverines are still alive.
Phoenix, Ariz., defensive end Connor Murphy cut his list to five and announced on Twitter that Michigan is in that group, along with Alabama, USC, Oregon and Arizona State. He plans to visit U-M the weekend of Jan. 22.
Top 5 no order:— Connor Murphy (@CMurph_90) January 12, 2016
Thankful to all the schools that have given me this opportunity. pic.twitter.com/DymVMJUY9Y
If Michigan looks like an outlier in that group because of location or success, it’s because Murphy (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) has a unique tie to the Wolverines. His older brother, Trent, played for Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and Harbaugh famously babysat Connor years ago when arriving for an official visit with Trent.
The other player that cut his list is Paramus (N.J.) Catholic receiver Donald Stewart.
From the same high school as current Wolverines Jabrill Peppers and Juwann Bushell-Beatty and having been coached by U-M director of player personnel Chris Partridge at Paramus in 2014, Stewart has his ties to U-M.
The 6-4, 180-pound three-star receiver is also heavily considering Stanford. He spoke to the Stanford Rivals.com site about his decision and the schools, stressing the academics and athletics at both. He plans to visit U-M the weekend of Jan. 22, the week after visiting Stanford.