Michigan already had a strong relationship at Baltimore St. Frances given one-time Wolverines assistant Bigg Poggi heads the program, and the bond strengthened more Friday.
The Wolverines landed class of 2020 outside linebacker Osman Savage on the same day coach Jim Harbaugh, defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile and defensive line coach Shaun Nua stopped by the school to check on a plethora of prospects.
“It’s what they are offering outside of football, like my major and life after football,” said Savage, who is the No. 15 outside linebacker in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. “The scheme seems to be good with the way I play.
“I like the mentality and the feel of the school when I went there, and all the energy they give off.”
Because he is an underclassman, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Savage had to commit via phone rather than in person, but the message the response still endured.
“(Harbaugh) was ecstatic, just really excited,” Savage said. “You could hear the joy. You could hear it all. All the other coaches were excited and you could feel it. There was good energy, which is the way I like it because I am an up tempo, good energy type of dude and they matched it.”
Savage spoke in the fall about his connection with Harbaugh, and he said that played a big part in his decision.
“He’s a regular person,” Savage said. “He is like everybody else. He is funny and when I was around him, he seems comfortable and a good person to be around. He gives off a lot of positive energy. I like that and he has a good spirit to be around. He has an uplifting kind of spirit that I can appreciate.”
He is also looking forward to playing under defensive coordinator Don Brown, and being part of a hard-nosed program.
“They let (the linebackers) run around and make plays,” Savage said. “On the offensive side they are a run-first, run heavy and down your throat type of team.
Savage wants to be a civil engineer and minor in business.
“The coaches have connections that can put me in the right places, right programs and internships to get me going,” he said. “It’s a relief (to commit). That’s the only way word I can say. I’m excited now to get on the field and be a part of the team, but I know I still have a senior year left so I have to work hard to maintain my standards and get better.”
Michigan offered more than a dozen players at St. Frances, including Alabama defensive end commit Chris Braswell (2020 class), cornerback Jordan Toles, running back Blake Corum (2020), offensive tackle Michael Statham (2020), receiver Traeshon Holden (2020), defensive end Demon Clowney (2020), Virginia Tech linebacker commit Aaron Willis (2021), defensive end Derrick Moore (2022), defensive tackle Nasir Pearce (2022) and quarterback John Griffith (2022).