Michigan to get official visit from 2019 Tennessee commit; Ronnie Bell, Hassan Haskins show off hoops skills

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Te’Cory Couch to visit for spring game

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said the Wolverines “would participate” in new rules allowing rising high school seniors to take official visits in the spring of their junior year. We now know one player who will participate with an official visit.

Cornerback Te’Cory Couch of Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep became the first player to publicly announce he will make an official visit to Michigan the weekend of April 14. That’s the weekend of Michigan’s spring game.

The new rule allows for official visits starting April 1 through the final Wednesday of June in a player’s junior year. Previously, a player had to wait until September of the senior year to begin taking official visits.

Couch (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) is rated a 4-star prospect by 247Sports composite. He committed to Tennessee in June but holds offers from multiple Power 5 schools such as Oregon, Oklahoma, Mississippi, LSU and Michigan State besides Michigan.

RELATED: 2019 Michigan recruiting big board  

Couch’s recruiting profile lists him as an athlete, although cornerback is his primary position. He’s smaller in both height and weight than most of the cornerbacks Michigan has recruited recently but he certainly doesn’t lack any of the aggressiveness. The video highlight below is from a game against IMG Academy.

Hoop’n it up

Ronnie Bell signed a national letter of intent with Missouri State in November to play basketball before changing his mind and deciding he wanted to play football. Bell quickly got an offer from Michigan, committed to the Wolverines and made it official last week when he signed with them to play wide receiver.

Bell is a guard for Park Hill High School in Kansas City, Mo., and while he’ll no longer play basketball after this season, there’s no doubt he was worthy of the scholarship he was going to get at Missouri State.

RELATED: 2018 Michigan recruiting big board

Michigan’s other Missouri signee is also playing hoops for his high school. Hassan Haskins plays for Eureka and is averaging 7.9 points and a team-high 5.0 rebounds. Haskins also leads his team with 30 steals, according to stats from StLouisToday

Michigan offers New Jersey tackle

Michigan missed out on signing any players from New Jersey in the 2018 recruiting cycle. That’s not something it wants to become a habit.

The Wolverines have made an offer to tackle John Olmstead of Saint Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J. The school is located less than 10 miles from the Rutgers campus in Piscataway. Olmstead is a 4-star prospect who is 6-6, 290 pounds. He is the No. 22-ranked tackle in the country and the No. 4 player in the state

Olmstead is also being pursued by Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers among the 35 offers he has received.

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