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December 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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56 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2017 BY BRANDON BROWN A s of mid-November, Michigan had just one home game remain- ing on the schedule. The staff is go- ing to host many official visitors for the Ohio State game, but what takes place after the regular season is go- ing to be extremely important for the Wolverines' recruiting efforts. Post-season officials, in-home visits by coaches and a final push into the early part of 2018 are all paramount. With a total of 15 commitments as of Nov. 14, Michigan still has quite a few players on the recruiting board, and several of them are committed to other programs. Here's a look at senior prospects that are committed elsewhere but still considering Michigan on differ- ent levels: Very Possible JOSH JOBE, SAFETY Committed to Miami Cheshire (Conn.) Academy One of Michigan's top overall tar- gets regardless of position, Jobe has been committed to Miami for more than two years. The 6-0, 176-pound four-star safety is originally from South Florida, but was too old at the start of his senior season to play high school football in the Sunshine State. Because of that, he headed up north to Cheshire Academy, where he can play in a prep-school setting. Jobe is now at the same school that produced Michigan freshman wide receiver Tarik Black, and it just so happens to be in defensive coordi- nator Don Brown's old stomping grounds. Brown is a legend in New England and has made landing Jobe a priority. Jobe has remained true to the Hur- ricanes, but is definitely giving Mich- igan and Alabama looks. Florida was also part of the picture for a while, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside with the firing of Jim McEl- wain. Jobe will likely take official vis- its to both Tuscaloosa and Ann Arbor after the college football season is over. The Michigan staff absolutely loves Jobe and sees Sunday potential in him. He has reciprocated interest in the U-M staff as well and will not write off the Maize and Blue despite his pledge to the Canes. "I'm interested in Michigan be- cause they're a good team, a com- petitive team," Jobe said. "I'm really close with Don Brown. He tells me that he wants me in Ann Arbor, so I can play for him and he wants to use me like Jabrill Peppers — that's great news right there. The entire coaching staff is a great staff." The staffs at Alabama and Michi- gan have been pushing Jobe to make official visits and take a closer look at their programs. Jobe is working on planning those visits still, but hasn't set them up. JARRETT PATTERSON, OFFENSIVE TACKLE Committed to Arizona State Mission Viejo (Calif.) High Offered by Michigan in early No- vember, the Mission Viejo (Calif.) High three-star offensive tackle is very interested in the Wolverines. The 6-5, 275-pounder is currently committed to Arizona State, but could not contain his excitement when discussing his new tender from the Wolverines. "The Michigan offer is huge," Pat- terson said. "I was really fired up to get it. Playing in front of more than 100,000 would be a dream come true. The tradition there is great and they have produced a lot of NFL talent. They set high expectations and ex- pect to win games. I'm not making a guarantee, but I am almost 100 per- cent certain I will take an official visit after the season." Jim Harbaugh has a connection with the staff at Mission Viejo from his days at Stanford, and that could prove valuable with Patterson. The relation- ship between the offensive tackle and Harbaugh is just developing, but Patterson knows a lot about U-M's head coach be- cause of previous interactions with common parties. "I know that Coach Harbaugh is an intense guy. He likes to get to know his players, and he cares for them off the field," Patterson said. "He has been around coaching and even his family coaches. He has also had much success coaching at all levels." Patterson is listed as a tackle but has enough athleticism and versatil- ity to play on the interior, and the Michigan staff seems to like that about him. For a Sun Devil commit, Patterson was very open to the idea of flipping to the Wolverines. Moderately Possible SHOCKY JACQUES-LOUIS, WIDE RECEIVER Committed to Tennessee Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar At 6-0, 170 pounds, Jacques-Louis is listed as an athlete because he's able to make a lot of plays as a wide receiver and as a defensive back. Michigan likes the No. 23 athlete in the country as a wide receiver and was able to get the Tennessee commit on campus for an official visit for the Michigan State game in October. "I enjoyed myself," he said. "It was a great experience even though it rained at the game. Even though Michigan lost and the weather was bad during the g a m e , n o t h i n g ruined the trip. It was nice. "I spent a lot of time with the coaches and got t o k n o w t h e m . Coach [Jim] Harbaugh was really cool and down to Earth. He is pretty funny as well."   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Several Committed Prospects Are Still Considering Michigan

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