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February 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FEBRUARY 2018 THE WOLVERINE 55   PREP PROFILES With National Signing Day quickly approaching, Michigan only has one wide receiver committed in its 2018 class — Kansas City (Mo.) Park Hill two-star Ronnie Bell. U-M has offered 15 different pass catchers since October alone, with one of them being San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills three-star Chris Olave. He received his offer Oct. 30. "I had been talking to Michigan for about a month be- fore they offered me," Olave explained. "I was speaking with some- one on their staff every other day and was just having regular conver- sations with them. The offer wasn't really surprising because of that aspect, but it was still big. "Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and Coach [Joe] Hastings called me early in the morning that day, and that's when they offered." Although Michigan didn't court Olave until the end of his senior sea- son, he had a logical explanation as to why the Wolverines were so late to the party. "I didn't get to play last season [2016] due to transfer rules," the three-star revealed. "I didn't have any junior film because of it. After Coach Harbaugh and the staff saw this year's film, they really liked me. "When I think of Michigan, I think of one of the greatest schools in the country. It's one of the best educations you could possibly get, and I would definitely get developed as a player there, too. They're cer- tainly one of my top schools — having an offer from them is a blessing." Although he's just a three-star, the 6-1, 170-pounder has racked up quite the offer list. Olave holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA and USC, among others. Olave posted ridiculous numbers this past season at Mission Hills, reel- ing in 93 catches for 1,764 yards and 26 touchdowns. "I should have a decision by mid to late January," he said. "The recruiting thing has been fun, but it was also re- ally stressful early. "I enjoy seeing new places and meeting people, but all the calls and the attention was hard during the season. Now that the season is over, it's kind of fun." For a Michigan staff that is looking to add just one more receiver to its 2018 class, Olave would be an excel- lent option to meet that need. — Austin Fox Michigan Still Looking To Add One More Receiver In 2018 ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Mission Hills H.S. San Marcos, Calif. Class: 2018 Position: Wide Receiver Ht.: 6-1 · Wt.: 170 Rankings: No. 52 player in California and No. 75 wide receiver nationally Chris Olave Olave on U-M "They're certainly one of my top schools — having an offer from them is a blessing." Michigan will only add a few more players to its 2018 class, and the plan is for one of those final additions to be a wide receiver. One of the better wideouts in the country who remains uncommitted is Phoenix North Can- yon four-star Solomon Enis. As a senior this past season, Enis hauled in 46 catches for 820 yards and eight touchdowns. His junior season statistics were actually bet- ter, though — 64 receptions for 1,144 yards and 10 scores. Despite being heavily recruited and holding of- fers from several of the nation's elite schools, Enis has only gone on two official visits — Penn State and Utah. He discussed how each one went. "I learned how the community is ran at Penn State, and I also learned about their fans," he said. "The coaching staff makes it feel like a family there, and they make me feel like I belong. The stadium is a factor, too — playing in front of 110,000 fans every week would definitely be a good feeling." His father, Curtis Enis, actually played his collegiate ball at Penn State (1995-97) and earned All-Amer- ica honors as a running back. "My dad doesn't pressure me [to go there] that much," Enis explained. "Colleges try to call him, but he just tells them it's my decision and he'll support me no matter what. He doesn't pressure me like some people think he might." The four-star wideout also touched on his Utah visit. "It had a family feel, too," he said of Salt Lake City. "The atmosphere, community and fans there reminded me a lot of Penn State. I've actually gotten to know some of the guys in their class, in case I was to go there. It was an overall great experience." Enis revealed that a few other schools have turned up the heat on him in January as well — Michigan, Tennessee and UCLA. "They're all pushing for me to take a visit," he said. "It's crunch time, but I'm still trying to build relationships with them. "I had actually been waiting for a little bit for Michigan to reach out." As a result, Enis included the Wol- verines in his top group. "Penn State, Arizona State and Utah," he revealed. "And then obvi- ously Michigan, UCLA and USC. I'm tossing between making a decision on signing day itself or the week before — I want to see what each coaching staff is comfortable with. I don't want to leave anyone hanging and then see them scramble for other players." — Austin Fox Four-Star Receiver Had Been Waiting For U-M To Reach Out ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ North Canyon H.S. Phoenix Class: 2018 Position: Wide Receiver Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 192 Rankings: No. 2 player in Arizona and No. 47 wide receiver in the country Solomon Enis Enis on schools such as U-M that ramped up their pursuit of him in January "It's crunch time, but I'm still trying to build relationships with them."

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