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ICYMI: Michigan football no longer in a favorable spot with No. 1 running back

Michigan football recruiting appears to be trending elsewhere, not likely to land the nation’s No. 1 running back.



Michigan football recruiting, No. 1 recruit in the nation
Oct 2, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff have been as efficient as any staff in the nation thus far in the 2024 class. Currently, the Maize and Blue boast 19 hard commitments and counting, with two new commits in the past 36 hours alone. However, when it comes to their top Michigan football recruiting target, Taylor Tatum, the nation’s No. 1 running back, things are no longer looking great for the Wolverines.

Michigan football no longer looking likely to land No. 1 running back recruit

A few weeks ago, Maize and Blue fans were clamoring about the possible addition of Taylor Tatum, the No. 1 running back recruit from Texas. He has loads of upside that could elevate the Wolverines’ 2024 recruiting class to elite status. That being said, this past week has made it increasingly unlikely that Tatum commits to the Wolverines.

For starters, an ON3 insider placed a new RPM prediction in favor of the USC Trojans to land Tatum. This was not great news for Jim Harbaugh, considering Tatum is currently viewed as the top Michigan football recruiting target. However, initially, this did not feel like too big of a hit since these predictions are occasionally off the mark, and Tatum was being hyped to USC due to a recent official visit with the Trojans.

Nevertheless, this weekend, Rivals publisher Josh Henschke, who had previously projected Tatum to choose Michigan football, changed his confidence level to “unlikely.”

Since the Wolverines emphasize the running game so much, landing Tatum would be huge for Michigan football recruiting. However, it no longer looks like things are going the Wolverines’ way, at least for now. If there is any good news in all of this, it is that Tatum still has an upcoming official visit to Ann Arbor, where Harbaugh and his team will have a final opportunity to make a strong push for the nation’s No. 1 running back.

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