The football coaching carousel is spinning into motion.
And Michigan football‘s 2019 recruiting class could stand to gain from it.
Louisville is in hot pursuit of Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, who grew up in Louisville, played for the school and later became an assistant coach.
According to ESPN, Brohm met with Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra on Tuesday to discuss the job, while the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Jake Lourim reported Wednesday morning that several prospects in the class of 2019 committed to Louisville have been given the impression that Brohm will be their coach.
If Brohm leaves the Boilermakers, that would make the Wolverines the favorite for the crown jewel of Purdue’s 2019 class — West Lafayette (Ind.) defensive end George Karlaftis.
“If Brohm leaves, I’d probably be running to my computer to put a crystal ball (prediction for Michigan) in,” said 247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Lorenz. “Because I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t Michigan at that point.”
Karlaftis, a 4-star prospect ranked No. 78 overall according to the 247Sports Composite, committed to Purdue on Oct. 20, 2017.
But that hasn’t stopped U-M’s pursuit.
“Schools should’ve been recruiting Karlaftis the entire time,” Lorenz said, “and Michigan’s really the only one — with (defensive line coach Greg) Mattison — that kept putting the effort in.”
That persistence seems to have paid off. The Wolverines have positioned themselves “really well” in the case that Brohm leaves.
“He’s stated multiple times that he’s committed to Brohm and his staff, but if Brohm leaves for Louisville, I don’t think he’d follow him to Louisville,” Lorenz said. “Being a West Lafayette kid, that’s the other part of the equation. But I don’t think he’d stay with Purdue and a new staff that he probably has no familiarity with.
“If Brohm left, (Karlaftis has) pretty much heavily hinted that it would be Michigan.”
Karlaftis has publicly stated he will early enroll in January. While the 247Sports Composite ranks Karlaftis at No. 76 overall, 247Sports’ own rankings have him as the No. 11 overall prospect and a 5-star recruit.
“I think he’s a guy that definitely plays on the inside in some capacity,” Lorenz said. “We have ranked way higher than anyone else does. We have him as a five star. Potential to be an instant impact guy, no doubt.”
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