National top 100 prospect drops Michigan, will pick Gators or Clemson today


Editor’s note: Fruhmorgen did indeed choose Clemson on Thursday afternoon.

Jake Fruhmorgen already has eliminated his father’s alma mater from the equation. Alabama, where his dad John played, will not be his chosen school. He has decided to blaze his own path, his father said.

Then, after earlier in the week saying Michigan would be one of three possibilities for his college pick today, he abruptly dropped the Wolverines from the discussion two days ago. It’s down to in-state Florida and Clemson, which needs considerable offensive line depth next year and could spell very early playing time.

Fruhmorgen is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Florida powerhouse Plant H.S. in Tampa. The four-star O-lineman sported nearly 30 scholarship offers and is rated the No. 74 overall prospect in America and the No. 7 offensive tackle in the nation. His decision will come shortly after 3 p.m. today at his high school.

It seems like it’ll come down to a proximity (the nearby Gators) vs. extreme need at the tackle position next year (Clemson). Of course, many people would argue the Gators have an extreme need on the O-line. Jake’s dad, John, told The State newspaper in South Carolina that the stability within the Clemson program was a plus for the Tigers, while being close to home was Florida’s big strength. He did manage to contact Florida coach Will Muschamp a few days ago. Whichever school he chooses today, he’ll attend their spring game this weekend.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.



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