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Chris Partridge looking to steal commit from former school

Can Chris Partridge swing a four-star SEC commit in Michigan’s favor?



Chris Partridge
Michigan cornerback coach Michael Zordich, left, and safeties coach and special team coordinator Chris Partridge react to a call by the referee during the first half against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Michael Zordich, Chris Partridge

After serving five year’s on Michigan’s staff from 2015-2019, the Wolverines lost a coach to Ole Miss. After the 2022 season ended, former Michigan football defensive assistant Chris Partridge was re-hired by Jim Harbaugh, and is already hard at work on the 2024 trail. Last week, Partridge — who happens to be an elite recruiter — went after a prospect that he had already recruited to Ole Miss.

Chris Partridge looking to steal Ole Miss commit

On Thursday, four-star linebacker Jordan Lockhart of St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, CA, announced that Partridge had offered him a scholarship offer at the University of Michigan. Lockhart, who had already committed to Ole Miss while Partridge was in town, is a 247 Sports composite four-star linebacker, and is ranked as the No. 343 player in the nation, No. 27 linebacker in his class, and the No. 31 player in California in the 2024 class.

Partridge was Lockhart’s primary recruiter at Ole Miss, so this offer did not come as a surprise, but this relationship could lead to a major commitment for the Wolverines’ 2024 class, which already ranks top-5 nationally. Still, time is running out seeing as the four-star linebacker is looking to commit later this month. “After my visits, I’ll make a final decision in March and that will be it, no more visits,” Lockhart told Greg Biggins. “I’m an early grad so I want to have my commitment locked in and then I can just focus on school and football my last semester without worrying about recruiting.”

The Wolverines currently have two linebackers committed, though a third wouldn’t hurt to say the least. There is little time to change Lockhart’s mind and flip him from Ole Miss; however, if anyone can pull this off, it would be Chris Partridge.

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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. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.