Michigan is invading the east.
The Wolverines offered three ESPN 150 Watch List prospects this week: tailback Derrick Green from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage, defensive end Tashawn Bower from Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata and safety Tim Harris from Varina (Va.) High School.
Green's high school coach informed his star pupil of the offer today. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound junior would be a key pickup for Michigan, who needs to land at least one and possibly two tailbacks in the 2013 class. While it's not exactly nearby, Green has a working knowledge of the offense in Ann Arbor.
“They have a great run game and they have good coaches,” Green stated via a text message to ESPN.
Bower will certainly attack the pragmatics when evaluating the Wolverines but his family is likely enjoying a more emotional side of recruiting today with his new offer in tow. Bower's father grew up in New Jersey but has always rooted for the Wolverines. The younger Bower can't quite explain it.
“I'm not sure why,” he stated via text message to ESPN. “He's from [New Jersey] but a Big Blue fan,”
The history isn't a concern to Michigan recruiters since the fandom can only help them cement a visit from Bower to Ann Arbor.
“I think I am,” the 6-5, 230-pound Bower said of visiting Michigan's campus. “I just don't know when.”
The exposure from his father has Bower thinking positive thoughts.
“Obviously a great program with great tradition,” he said.
Harris is a growing commodity in the East region.
"I have offers now from Michigan, Ohio State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Tennessee,” the 6-1, 175-pound junior said.
The Wolverines' invite made an impact.
"This was one I was hoping for,” Harris said. “One of the players from my high school used to go there, [running back] Brandon Minor. We talk sometimes, but I'm searching for his number right now to call him."
Harris said he'll likely visit Michigan for a junior day but has many other schools on his trail.
"I'm hearing from so many schools [that haven't offered], but the main ones are Florida, Oregon, Florida State and Notre Dame," he said.
The battle will be tough for all three. Green said he has 16 or 17 scholarship offers. Bower said he has 17.
Michigan, meanwhile, has established itself as one of the top schools to land another ESPN Watch List 150 prospect. Linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. from Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton said Tuesday that Michigan is one of three schools he's most considering, along with Florida and Florida State.