Recruiting: Wolverines building buzz with Florida prospects

Recruiting: Wolverines building buzz with Florida prospects


Recruiting: Wolverines building buzz with Florida prospects


Football recruit Kedonis Haslem

Football recruit Kedonis Haslem

Even though Michigan’s week of spring practice in Florida didn’t give it the opportunity to directly interact with any recruits — high school players were forbidden from attending any practice except Friday’s open-to-the-public event and, even then, they couldn’t speak with the U-M staff — the Wolverines are one of the hot programs in the region. After a 2016 class that saw the Wolverines land six players from the state, they might be in line for even bigger hauls in 2017 and beyond.

U-M has offered 37 rising seniors from Florida, though some of them are longshots (including nine who already have committed to other programs). One with whom they seem to have a great shot is Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas three-star defensive tackle Kedonis Haslem, a 6-foot-4, 292-pounder whose father, Udonis, is a longtime member of the NBA’s Miami Heat.

“I’m hoping to learn much more about (Michigan),” Haslem said. “When a decision comes, hopefully, that will be a school of my choice. Michigan is definitely standing out right now.”

Two other Florida prospects holding U-M in high regard aren’t Florida natives. Offensive linemen Cesar Ruiz and Robert Hainsey headed to Bradenton IMG Academy from Camden, N.J., and Monroeville, Pa., respectively, and the duo will visit for Michigan’s April 1 spring game. With both holding Michigan in high regard, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them end up as Wolverines.

Michigan’s influence in Florida extends all the way to the 2019 class, too. Deerfield Beach linebacker Ge’mon Eaford just finished his first season of high school, but the 6-1, 192-pounder already holds a Michigan offer and is excited about the program.

“I know about Michigan that they produce good people,” Eaford said. “My homeboy was telling me that, the people they have coming in (in 2016), they have the best class. It’s the best recruiting class.”

As long as Jim Harbaugh is the head coach in Ann Arbor, expect the Wolverines to emphasize recruiting in talent-rich California, Texas, Georgia and, of course, Florida.

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Tim Sullivan is the football recruiting editor of The Wolverine magazine and He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the network. You can follow him on Twitter @tims_wolverine.


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