July 24, 2024

Hardy Watts, a four-star offensive lineman in 2025, received a scholarship offer from Michigan on Friday, he announced on Twitter. The Wolverines have extended offers, joining Nebraska, Miami, and Michigan State.

In recent weeks, Wolverine offensive line coach Grant Newsome has been more active in making offers as he increases the staff’s depth chart at the position.

The Wolverine247 Podcast is back with its latest episode, as 247Sports’ Michigan beat writers break down the latest news and discussion surrounding Michigan football, basketball and recruiting.

In this episode, Zach Shaw and Steve Lorenz break down Michigan’s decision to hire Don “Wink” Martindale as its next defensive coordinator, and what’s next for him and the Wolverines

They open with an assessment of Michigan’s selection of Martindale, and dole out grades for the hire. They discuss Martindale’s strengths as a schematic coach, flush with high-level experience, and the continuity he can bring to a Michigan defense that thrived under two of Martindale’s mentees over the last three seasons. They also look at question marks the follow the hire, including Martindale’s potential shortcoming in recruiting, curiosity about how he’ll coach younger, less knowledgable players and how he’ll handle an effective demotion by returning to the college game

Hardy Watts, Dexter School, Offensive Line

They continue the discussion by zooming out, and looking at what Michigan should prioritize as it fills out the rest of its defensive coaching staff, and how big of a concern player retention is on the defensive side of the ball right now.

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