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Jim Harbaugh is breaking a Michigan football recruiting trend

Jim Harbaugh is currently breaking his own Michigan football recruiting trend this month.



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The excitement surrounding the 2024 Michigan football recruiting class is remarkable, even though it’s only April. The Michigan Wolverines have emerged as the top-ranked recruiting class in the nation, surpassing Ohio State and Georgia. They aim to add more top talent throughout the spring and summer. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is breaking the usual Michigan recruiting pattern with this impressive April recruiting success.

Jim Harbaugh breaking his own Michigan football recruiting trend with 2024 class

Jim Harbaugh’s first recruiting class as head coach of Michigan came in 2016, and since then, he has not had much success in April until this year. In fact, the most commitments he has landed before May 1st during his tenure as the Wolverines’ head coach was nine, which occurred in both 2017 and 2021. However, the 2024 Michigan football recruiting class has achieved a remarkable feat with 14 commitments, recently surpassing UGA and OSU for the coveted No. 1 spot in the 247 Sports Composite team rankings.

This accomplishment is significant for several reasons. First, it indicates that recruits are taking notice of Michigan’s impressive on-field achievements, such as back-to-back Big Ten titles, College Football Playoff appearances, and NFL Draft success. After Michigan’s 13-1 season a year ago, this was a question mark when the 2023 class signed, as it was hardly in the top 20.

Secondly, the 14 elite commitments offer more freedom to the Wolverines’ coaching staff. With the core of the Michigan football recruiting class already secured, Jim Harbaugh and his team can aim for major national prospects. Moreover, Michigan football can concentrate on their remaining high-interest targets and add depth to the class.

The recent success of Michigan football recruiting is thrilling, and it is expected to continue to improve. If the Wolverines can maintain this momentum throughout the summer and fall, this recruiting class could become the best that head coach Jim Harbaugh has ever put together in Ann Arbor.

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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 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.