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Michigan football named a finalist for major Pennsylvania quarterback

A major regional quarterback has named Michigan football a finalist in his recruitment.



Michigan football, Stone Saunders
Nov 26, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; A general view of Michigan Wolverines helmets on the sideline during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won the game 30-27 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Today, 2025 four-star quarterback Stone Saunders announced his top 5 remaining schools, and Michigan football made the cut alongside some elite company. The Wolverines being a finalist is a great sign for Jim Harbaugh’s next recruiting class, as the Maize and Blue look to remain among the top contenders for Big Ten and national titles in the years to come.

Michigan football a finalist for major four-star PA quarterback

Stone Saunders is a major recruiting target for several of the country’s top programs, including Michigan football. Half of the top recruiting services have Saunders as a four-star, while the others have him as a three-star. That said, the two-time MaxPreps All-American has caught the eye of many top programs and recently narrowed his options down to only five schools.

Michigan, Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, and Kentucky are all among Saunders’ finalists, according to his announcement on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Harrisburg, PA native has also caught the eye of other major programs, such as Penn State and Notre Dame, though he is yet to receive offers from either. This situation may shake things up down the road if that changes.

Currently, Nebraska leads according to the Recruiting Prediction Machine; however, the Cornhuskers have only a slight advantage and appear to be on level ground with the rest of the competitors. According to the Rivals rankings, Saunders is the No. 22 quarterback in the 2025 cycle and the No. 4 player in the state of Pennsylvania.

Michigan football still has its sights set on five-star in-state quarterback Bryce Underwood, who is the No. 1 recruit in the cycle. However, if the Wolverines miss out on Underwood, having many solid options, such as Saunders, is essential for Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff.

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