Trieu: Michigan in good place in race for 2022 tight end Oscar Delp
Michigan has recruited well at the tight end position under Jim Harbaugh and that has continued recently. The Wolverines signed players like Erick All and Matthew Hibner, and they hold a verbal commitment from composite four-star recruit Louis Hansen.
In the 2022 class, the Wolverines are in the running for some talented players they have offered. One notable prospect is Cumming (Georgia) West Forsyth’s Oscar Delp, who, despite his current location, has ties that are helping Michigan along with the work tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has done in a short period of time.
“I have lots of family up in Michigan near Ann Arbor, which is very convenient,” Delp said. “Also how well of a school Michigan is athletically and academically has really caught my eye. My contact with the staff has been very consistent and I have been connected with Coach Moore the most. We have been building a good relationship.”
All of Delp’s seven offers have come in the month of September after schools saw his first game, a 42-6 win in the Corky Kell Classic, and saw his 6-foot-6, 220-pound frame and laser-timed 4.66 speed in action. In addition to the Wolverines, Michigan State, Minnesota, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have offered.
Recruits like Delp have not been able to take in-person visits to schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has made it difficult for them to move ahead in the process, especially ones who experience a run of offers like he has. Juniors have not felt the time crunch as much as the senior class though, and Delp has been able to build relationships virtually.
“It has been very weird not being able to go up and see these colleges that have offered me,” he said. “I’m not very worried about not being able to take visits right now because it looks like it will open back up by the end of this year or next year and I am a junior.”
The same relationship building had to happen at his own high school where head coach David Svehla took over in February, only to have in-person school suspended just over a month later.
“Because of circumstances beyond anyone’s control, I am still getting to know Oscar as a person and football player,” Svehla said. “That said, I really like where he is right now in his development, and he has done everything we have asked of him with great energy. I look forward to coaching him these two years.”
The little taste colleges have gotten to see of Svehla’s plans for Delp have already netted him his first seven offers, but that list should only expand.
“Oscar is going to be a huge part of our offense for the next two seasons,” Svehla said. “He is tall, strong, and runs well. He has played on the outside in previous years, but we have moved him inside to get better matchups. Oscar runs really good routes, especially for a bigger receiver, and his blocking has improved dramatically. We will put his hand in the ground at times, and he is not afraid to down block a defensive tackle or chip to a linebacker.”
The naturally long frame Delp has should also fill in nicely, both because that's expected natural progression and because of his work ethic that Svehla did get to experience this offseason.
“Oscar is a strong kid, and his performance in the weight room has impressed me. He benches over 300 pounds, which is significant for a young kid with long arms,” Svehla said. “As he gets older, I see an opportunity to put on some solid weight that will give him a huge advantage on his opponents.”
There is much to juggle right now for Delp, with football and school just beginning and then suddenly seeing his recruitment accelerate. He is in no hurry to move his process along any faster though, so for now schools like Michigan will continue to get to know him and vice versa.
“I am looking for a school that is great academically and athletically that I would fit in well with,” Delp said. “Right now, I have no certain date I want to make my commitment but it will definitely be after the dead period ends. I would like to go on visits and check these campuses and facilities out first and also get an overall feel of the school before I make any commitment.”
Delp is currently unrated by the 247Sports composite.
Massive Indiana tackle offered
Michigan has offered a scholarship to Charlestown (Indiana) junior Kiyaunta Goodwin, a 6-8 offensive tackle.
Goodwin, who moved to Indiana from Kentucky, has been on the college radar since middle school, thanks in part to his size at that age. He has worked extensively during this offseason to reshape his body and is down to 305 pounds. He was once at 400 pounds.
That physical transformation has brought him many new offers the last two months. Penn State, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Indiana, Arizona State, Ohio State and more have offered during that time.
UM moves first on recruit
Michigan offered Madison (Mississippi) Germantown running back Branson Robinson on Monday. The Wolverines are the first offer for the 5-10, 218-pound junior.
He has been on the college radar since last season, when he was a second-team all-state selection. His fast start to his junior season, which included a 218-yard, three-touchdown performance in his team’s opening game, has helped him draw even more attention from schools.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.