With a few weeks left until signing day for the 2012 class, the Michigan coaches have started to submerse themselves into the 2013 class. They started off fast and strong for 2012 and would like to continue that momentum into this next class as well.
Their efforts resulted in a new offer going out Friday to outside linebacker Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers). The 6-foot-2, 210-pound backer said he took the initiative to get in touch with the coaches Friday.
"I was just sitting at home and I know Coach (Curt) Mallory wanted me to call him, so I called him," he said. "Coach (Brady) Hoke was the one that offered, but I got a chance to talk to all of the coaches. They were just telling me how I could help and impact Michigan."
Smith is a versatile player on defense and believes that he would be able to help a program all over the field.
"Michigan wants me as an outside linebacker," Smith said. "I'm a guy that can cover and I can also get down on the line and pass rush."
That's the exact kind of player defensive coordinator Greg Mattison likes on his defense. It will take some convincing, however, from Michigan's side to lure him up to Ann Arbor. The rival to the south, Ohio State, has family in its corner.
"My brother (running back Rod Smith) is at Ohio State. It would be interesting if I chose Michigan," he said. "If I were to go to Michigan that would be the hypest game for both of us. Our whole family would be there."
Smith says he isn't sure of what school he'd like to choose yet, but says his first visit will likely be to Notre Dame. Michigan now joins Indiana, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Purdue and Tennessee as schools that have offered.