New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is hot on the trail of two Nebraska commits, including one player who's committed to new Nebraska coach Mike Riley at two different spots.
San Ramon (California) tight end Matt Snyder, who committed to NU in late December after flipping from Oregon State, reported on Twitter on Thursday night that he'd been offered by Michigan. ESPN later reported that Snyder is considering an official visit to Michigan on Jan. 23.
Honored to have received an offer from coach Harbaugh at Michigan— matt snyder (@Mattsnyder42) January 16, 2015
Nebraska TE commit Matt Snyder was offered by Michigan. Says he has one visit left, might visit Michigan Jan. 23. Not 100% yet.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 16, 2015
Michigan has also offered Nebraska defensive end commit Reuben Jones, who hosted new Husker defensive coordinator Mark Banker and defensive line coach Hank Hughes on Thursday. Jones is considering an offer from Louisville, too.
"I don’t know if our personalities really fit," Jones told Huskers Illustrated of the in-home visit. "The coaches before had enthusiasm all the time. They made jokes a lot. These two coaches are a lot more serious. Like a lot more serious. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good people — real good people. Just personality wise I just don’t know if I fit with theirs.”
Nebraska had former defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski recruiting Jones.
New Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was previously the defensive coordinator at Florida, which is an interesting case. Jones was essentially wait-listed at UF — the Gators may still offer — but, in research I've done on Jones, his lack of SEC offers is mystery. As in: He might be one name down on Florida's board, but now that Durkin moved north, he almost immediately had Jones on his board. Louisville and West Virginia, along with Nebraska, had prioritized Jones, too. The Cardinals and Mountaineers are frequent, skilled recruiters of Florida. Couple in an offer to Michigan State — which saw Jones as a top-end pass rusher — and the lack of SEC attention doesn't add up.
Translation: Don't count out Florida. Or Michigan. Or Nebraska.