While the Michigan football team’s focus was on the field during Friday’s spring game, there was a big program impact off it after the game ended.
Leonard Taylor, an elite 2018 tight end/defensive tackle, committed to the Wolverines, becoming the second commitment in that class.https://twitter.com/Lenny_T_20/status/716071859305971712
A five-star prospect from Springfield, Ohio, the 6-foot-6, 258-pound Taylor is ranked as the nation’s No. 22 overall player in the class by 247Sports and the No. 3 defensive tackle.
He’s also U-M’s second commit from Ohio — and second from Springfield — in the past two weeks, joining inside linebacker Antwuan Johnson, another 2018 player who committed on March 21.
Playing its spring game at a time when most other schools are just starting spring practice, and on a Friday night when few are having their workouts, U-M was able to attract a load of high-level prospects, not to mention those who are already signed.
One of the most interesting parts of Friday’s spring game was the halftime when the players went into the locker room but coach Jim Harbaugh stayed on the field. The cheerleaders formed a tunnel of two lines and each signee was introduced on the big screen and danced or ran down the tunnel, ending with a Harbaugh hug.
It began with preferred walk-ons and built to the most notable players, ending with the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic Rashan Gary, who raised his arms to the crowd and cruised toward Harbaugh, with his blue headphones still on.
It was certainly a new scene at Michigan and, like most of Harbaugh’s ideas, probably new accross the country.
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