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Michigan football picks up massive commitment from former Notre Dame signee

The Michigan football team got some massive news on Sunday.



Michigan football recruit Brandyn Hillman
Nov 19, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Ronnie Bell (8) runs the ball in the first half against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — On Sunday afternoon, the Michigan Wolverines recevied some huge news on the 2023 recruiting trail. Former Notre Dame signee Brandyn Hillman, one of the most sought-after athletes in the 2023 recruiting class, has officially committed to Michigan football.

Four-star Brandyn Hillman commits to Michigan football

Recently, Brandyn Hillman requested that the University of Notre Dame release him from his national letter of intent for personal reasons. The Fighting Irish agreed, and just like that, one of the top players in the nation was back on the market. Not long after, it was made clear that Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan football caoching staff were in pursuit — it is no secret that the Wolverines did not haul in the best 2023 recruiting class, and adding a talent like Hillman is a massive addition.

On Saturday, Hillman was one of many major recruits visiting in Ann Arbor, and less than 24-hours after, his commitment to Michigan football has been locked in. Brandyn Hillman is one of the biggest additions that Michigan has picked up in a while — he is rated as a four-star recruit by On3, and ranks as the No. 137 player in the 2023 class, the No. 5 athlete in his class, and the No. 4 player in the state of Virginia.

Hillman stands at 6-1 and weighs in at 190-pounds; he is a product of Churchland High School in Virginia.

Scouting Hillman per On3

Here is what On3 has to say about what the newest Michigan football commit, Brandyn Hillman, brings to the table:

“Two-way player for Churchland HS (VA) who is the team’s starting quarterback and safety. Stands in at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds with an impressive 6-foot-5 wingspan. Extremely explosive athlete who recorded a 40-inch vertical and ran an electronically-timed 4.70 40-yard dash and a blistering 4.15 shuttle during the spring camp circuit prior to his senior season. Movement skills are fantastic. 

“Has the long speed to pull away from defenders as a ball carrier and can see the hip fluidity and change of direction when working as a defensive back. Physical player that runs through tacklers with the ball in his hands and more than willing to come downhill and play in the box from the secondary. Extremely high ceiling player whose upside is at its highest as a safety prospect but could also be productive on the offensive side of the ball as a gadget player.”

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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.