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Can Michigan football flip 4-star Stanford commit?

On Saturday, Michigan football landed an official visit from 4-star Stanford defensive line commit, Cameron Brandt. Can U-M flip the 2023 recruit?



Apr 15, 2017; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Jim Harbaugh is seen during the Michigan Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, Michigan football landed an official visit from 4-star Stanford commit, Cameron Brandt. Brandt — a 6-4, 260 lbs defensive end in the 2023 class — is the No. 390 player in the nation, No. 48 defensive lineman, and No. 30 player in California according to ON3.

Can Michigan football flip Brandt?

As of right now, the situation with Cameron Brandt seems to be a little murky. On one hand, U-M is trending in the right direction by landing an official visit despite Brandt being committed to Stanford. At the same time, recruiting is going to be tough until Jim Harbaugh makes an official decision on his future in Ann Arbor.

Since Eyabi Okie just entered the transfer portal, Michigan football has an open spot in the defensive end room. Additionally, former Stanford head football coach David Shaw recently resigned from his duties with the Cardinal.

Since Shaw was the coach that Brandt initially committed to, I could see him recommitting elsewhere now that Stanford will have a hew head coach in 2023.

Michigan could use more talent in the 2023 class

Adding Cameron Brandt would be huge for Michigan’s 2023 recruiting class. While the Wolverines do have a solid class put together — it ranks No. 20 overall according to ON3 — Michigan football needs that number to be higher if it wants to stay in the CFP picture on a yearly basis.

U-M is having some trouble due to Jim Harbaugh’s NFL antics and reports of there being conflict with Harbaugh and athletic director Warde Manuel, but will need to overcome all of this on the recruiting trail.

Adding a talented, 4-star defensive end to the 2023 class — especially one with the frame and skill that Brandt has — would be absolutely massive for Michigan’s recruiting momentum heading into the 2023 season.

On top of Brandt, Michigan football has also landed official visits from Bryce West, Jacob Oden, and other high-profile targets in the 2023 class. Only time will tell if the Wolverines can haul in some of this visiting talent.

CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.