On-Field Success Paying off for Wolverines in Recruiting


While the Michigan Wolverines have done a lot of winning on the football field lately, it hasn’t translated on the recruiting trail. But it appears that trend may be shifting.

Michigan has the second ranked recruiting class in the 2024 rankings according to 247 Sports. And they were No. 1 until Georgia recently passed them.

It’s still early and the Wolverines recruiting run could cool off. They could tumble down the rankings as the real season progresses on.

But the fact that they are right up there with the defending champions is a positive sign. At this point last year the Wolverines in the high 20s.

Michigan’s recruiting class is led by five-star quarterback Jadyn Davis out of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is one of the best players in the class.

They have two other top-100 players in Rochester Adams tight end Brady Prieskorn and running back Jordan Marshall out of Ohio.

In the 2023 class the Wolverines’ highest rated commit was Cole Cabana who was rated the 171st best player. That’s a huge difference going from zero in the top-100 to three. And that’s just right now.

Michigan is near the top of Taylor Tatum’s list, who is the top running back in the country. He will visit USC and Oklahoma before stopping in Ann Arbor on June 23.

A few of 247 Sports’ recruiting experts have also predicted the Wolverines will land the services of Aaron Chiles. He’s a four-star linebacker out of Maryland and the 73rd rated player in the country.

A Diverse Class

What is noteworthy about this class is nearly every position group is already touched on. They have five offensive linemen and three defensive linemen already signed. There is a couple tight ends, a highly touted running back and a blue chip quarterback.

They have a lot of players from Michigan and Ohio. But they also have guys from Texas, the southeast, and northeast.

Michigan landed one of the best tight ends in the class from Washington state. That’s not a premium position by any means but that’s still a real nice get for Harbaugh.

It’s a nice change of pace to see Michigan near the top of the rankings and hopefully it can stay that way throughout the season.

If Michigan goes out and has another great season, I don’t see how it wouldn’t.

Winning Still Matters

Michigan got off to a slow start in the name, image and likeness game. As Hunter Dickinson pointed out after transferring away, he wasn’t making as much money as he could at other schools.

Rumors have swirled that football has the same issue.

And while making money is important to prospects, winning is still a great recruiting tool. And now Michigan can boast about their achievements.

Playing in warn weather is nice. And having a rap studio in the football facility is cool. But winning football games is still the ultimate goal for most of these kids. Other than making the NFL.

If Michigan can keep up their winning ways. They should be able to stay near the top of the recruiting rankings.


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