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Michigan football could be a strong contender for 2024 4-star running back

Could the Wolverines reel in one of the top players in Texas?



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During the Jim Harbaugh era in Ann Arbor, one thing has become clear: running backs are the focal point of the Wolverines’ identity. Running back prospects all over the nation know that if they want to be emphasized in an offense built for them behind an elite offensive line, Michigan football is the clear-cut choice.

Of these said running backs could be 2024 four-star running back Taylor Tatum.

Who is Taylor Tatum?

Taylor Tatum is a 5-10 195 lbs running back in the 2024 recruiting class. Tatum is a 247 Sports overall four-star and composite four-star and carries a 0.9606 composite grade.

According to 247 Sports, Tatum is the No. 39 player nationally, the No. 3 running back, and the No. 6 player in Texas for the 2024 recruiting class. Tatum is the ideal candidate for Michigan football to be the Wolverines’ next great running back.

Why could Michigan football land Tatum?

So far, according to 247 Sports, Tatum’s recruitment has been relatively bland. No schools are listed as warm, though many of the nation’s top programs have already offered Tatum. Among these schools is the University of Michigan, a program emphasizing the run game and offensive line.

Tatum’s primary recruiter in Ann Arbor is Mike Hart; Hart holds many of Michigan’s rushing records as a player and has proven to be an elite running backs coach as well. Hart carries a great deal of weight within the athletic department and has been a pivotal part of Michigan football’s success over the past two seasons.

With Hart on the trail and Michigan’s on-field results to pursue Tatum to come to Michigan, the Wolverines should be in great shape to land the four-star running back. Here is a portion of what 247 scouting analyst Gabe Brooks has to say about Tatum’s game and potential:

“Through junior season of high school, looks like one of the nation’s top running backs in the 2024 recruiting cycle. Physical tools and play style should fit myriad offensive schemes. Projects to the high-major level as an eventual impact starter with a long-term developmental ceiling that could lead to the earlier rounds of the NFL Draft.”

Tatum should be high up on Michigan’s big board, and will be a player to keep an eye on as we hit the bulk of recruiting season this spring and summer.

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