Analysts predict UW will reverse Michigan linebacker engagement
A lot has gone well for the Michigan football team this season.
The Wolverines have whipped Washington on national television. Ohio State defeated. Won a Big Ten Championship. Got a CFP spot against Georgia. I pulled Jim Harbaugh out of the spotlight.
Overall, it might only be a minor setback for Michigan if it does, but recruiting analysts predict the Huskies will knock down Big Ten school linebacker Kevonte Henry.
Henry, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman from Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, Calif., Signed up to the Wolverines and then recruited recruiting coordinator Courtney Morgan in late June.
It was a done deal – until Morgan left for Seattle earlier this month.
Since then, Henry, a 4-star prospect, delayed signing a national letter of intent until February, visited UW on December 10, and received a scholarship offer two days later from Morgan.
“It looks like Washington is in the driver’s seat to land it and I think they will,” said Von Lozon of Maize n Brew. “If Kevonte Henry had any doubts about giving up signing during this early signing period, I think it will end up being detrimental for Michigan. I think the longer he waits, the more likely he is to sign with Washington. Obviously his relationship with Courtney Morgan is huge and was a big factor in his coming to Michigan in June. I think he’ll end up signing with Washington and Michigan will lose a pretty solid prospect here. “
In late September, 247Sports’ Brice Marich visited Henry in Southern California and confirmed that Morgan had played a huge role in facilitating the recruiting of the linebacker in Michigan.
“One of the first things he told me was that he preferred Ann Arbor over LA and one of the reasons is because of Courtney Morgan,” Marich wrote.
With his long frame, Henry finished with 65 tackles and 12.5 sacks for a 7-5 Leuzinger team. Previously he chose Michigan over USC, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington State, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, UNLV , Utah, Arizona, Kansas and even Fresno State, where Kalen DeBoer coached the Bulldogs before joining UW.
DeBoer and Morgan worked together a year ago at Fresno State and are once again trying to save the 2022 class of Huskies caught in a change of coach.
The connection with Morgan could be more than enough for the Huskies to snatch Henry from Michigan and a Harbaugh program on a hot streak. At least analysts think so.
“Yeah, that would be a huge loss,” said Jon Simmons, another Maize n Brew analyst. “He really skyrocketed the standings and was a heck of a find by Courtney Morgan. Usually when a player doesn’t sign who signed up early in the signing period, that’s usually a warning and means Usually he’s going to leave.… I think it will be difficult for them to get over the connection with Courtney Morgan. “
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