In the 2018 recruiting class, Michigan traversed into the talent rich state of Georgia and pulled in a versatile athlete out of Valdosta in that high school team’s quarterback, Michael Barrett.
But, Barrett didn’t come to Michigan as a potential quarterback, but a weapon that could be used in multiple positions on the field.
The anticipated place that many saw Barrett was on the offensive side of the ball, where he could be used as an H-back type, similar to the initially envisioned spot for running back Chris Evans. But, at least in the beginning of his Michigan career, that doesn’t look like that’s where Barrett will get his first run of things.
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown met with the media on Wednesday, and while talking about the VIPER position, and how good Khaleke Hudson and backup Jordan Glasgow have done at the position, Brown revealed that the Wolverines have settled on that being the spot for the former three-star recruit.
Brown shared how Barrett is acclimating at the position and why he might not quite be ready to see the field just yet.
“And we’re also using this Michael Barrett (at VIPER),” Brown said. “(Coach Harbaugh) has recruited him as an athlete, and we’ve worked with him for a period of time and thought that was the best for his skill set.
“Obviously, he’s fighting through summer school and some of the things you do around here when you’re a freshman. But I see potential there. He’s completely got a long way to go. He’s not turning potential into performance, he’s trying to learn. And obviously fighting for his life, like the rest of those guys that are tied into that summer school program. Which is great. Obviously prepares them to be college students.
“But, from a football standpoint, it makes for a long day for those guys. We’re trying to give them as much football as we can throughout their day, but it’s never enough, as you know.”
Michigan will continue fall camp through August 27, when the maize and blue will turn its full focus to Notre Dame, who the Wolverines will take on in Week One in South Bend on September 1.