March 9, 2009

Florida teammates each receive Michigan offer

Cape Coral, Fla., coach Mike Goebbel's two premier athletes have been collecting scholarship offers the past few weeks and have recently added U-M to their tallies …

The Wolverines offered Spencer Boyd on Saturday while Jaylen Watkins landed his offer from the Maize and Blue last week.

Watkins is presently the more highly recruited of the two, also securing offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Tennessee. Boyd has offers from Mississippi, Notre Dame, Stanford and Duke in addition to his newest offer.

"Both of them are very good athletes, very good football players, and they would be an asset to any football program," Goebbel said. "They are both very capable of impacting on the next level."

In February, Michigan landed five sets of teammates, including Pahokee, Fla., natives Brandin Hawthorne and Vincent Smith, and Deerfield Beach, Fla., teammates Denard Robinson and Adrian Witty. Like those four, Boyd and Watkins can hold their own while they may not come as a packaged deal.

"Each of these kids deserves to be recruited," Goebbel said. "They're both their own person, though. They're not hooked at the hip. They're good friends but they don't have to go to the same place."

Both Boyd and Watkins plan to make some unofficial visits during spring break - the first week of April - but won't trip together. Boyd, 5-10, 159 pounds with a 4.56 40-yard dash, intends to hit the Midwest, visiting Notre Dame and Michigan.

Watkins, 6-1, 172 pounds with a 4.44 40-yard dash, is talking about a drive up I-75 from Florida, with frequent stops along the way. It's uncertain, though, if one of those stops will be Ann Arbor.

"They're both pretty open, still waiting to see all the opportunities presented to them before they would even think about naming a leader," Goebbel said. "But most of all, they're in the process where they need to learn more. I've been encouraging both of them to call coaches, since they're allowed right now to make contact, as often as possible so they get to know them and see who they get along with."

U-M offensive line coach Greg Frey is working on Michigan's behalf. In the Class of 2009, he landed Illinois offensive lineman Michael Schofield and New Jersey defensive end Anthony LaLota.

A tailback and defensive back, Boyd rushed for 620 yards and five scores on 104 attempts (6.0 yards per carry) in 2008. He also had eight catches for 61 yards and a score. Defensively, he had 23 tackles and one interception, returning it 100 yards for a touchdown. He missed the first four games with a hip injury.

Watkins started at wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back in 2008. As a passer he completed 31 of 46 attempts (67.4 percent) for 419 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed 50 times for 329 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and five scores while making 13 grabs for 106 yards. Defensively, he made 71 tackles and picked off three passes.

Both players are listed as athletes by Rivals.com.

"They're not looking at themselves as offensive or defensive players," Goebbel said. "They'll play the position they get recruited for. Both could play receiver or they could be cornerbacks or safeties. They're just so extremely talented that their potential on both sides of the ball is outstanding."







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