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Four-star WR includes Michigan football in his top five

The recruiting momentum continues!



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Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts in the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football has been the beneficiary of a great recruiting offseason this year. Following a somewhat disappointing end to the 2023 cycle, the 2024 class could be one of the best of Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan. Now, to continue the momentum, James Madison II, a four-star wide receiver out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has included Michigan football in his top five.

James Madison II puts Michigan football in his top five

On Friday afternoon, four-star class of 2024 wide receiver James Madison II released the top five schools remaining for his college choice. Along with Michigan football, the other four schools were Florida State, Oregon, Georgia and Louisville.

Madison II is a tall, lanky wide receiver that immediately shows the potential to be a big play threat whenever he’s on the field. He was long considered a future tight end, primarily due to his height, but it appears he’s set on being a wide receiver. Needless to say, that’s not good news for opposing cornerbacks.

Currently, he stands at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, showing fantastic height that can make him a matchup nightmare at the next level. Immediately, this reminds me of a skinnier version of Nico Collins, a player who consistently made things difficult for opposing defenses in his time wearing the maize and blue.

According to On3, Madison II is listed as the No. 275 player in the country and the No. 43 wide receiver. He’s also listed as the No. 38 player out of the state of Florida, a state that consistently brings out some of the best talent in the country.

Where does Michigan stand?

As things stand, Florida State, the closest school to home, looks to be the favorite to land his commitment. He’s only visited Ann Arbor once so far, so if Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football can get him back on campus soon, it could be a good sign for how things are trending with this recruitment.

Wide receiver might be the biggest weakness of the Wolverines’ 2024 class, as they have yet to have a single commitment from one. Picking up a big-time four-star commitment from a player like James Madison II could quickly solve that problem and help to round out an already stellar class for Michigan football.

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A recent graduate from Kalamazoo College, Tyler has four years experience in sports writing. He currently works as assistant editor for Blue By Ninety and specializes in a variety of sports such as football, swimming and diving, and basketball.