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Michigan football recruiting: Jim Harbaugh targeting east coast wide receiver

The Michigan football recruiting class is looking to add a large wide receiver from Maryland.



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Oct 31, 2020; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Cornelius Johnson (6) runs the ball against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2024 and 2025 Michigan football recruiting classes are starting to come together nicely, with the 2024 class currently ranked No. 1 in the nation and boasting 15 hard commits. However, the class is still lacking a much-needed piece to the puzzle: a wide receiver. The 2025 class is also ranked in the top 5 nationally. So far, Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff have yet to secure any pass-catchers (aside from tight ends) for five-star QB commit Jadyn Davis to throw to. That being said, it appears as though the Wolverines are closing in on a number of top prospects, including four-star Channing Goodwin, who attends the same high school as Davis. Recently, the Michigan Wolverines have taken an interest in a new wide receiver target: composite three-star wide receiver Vernon Allen from Baltimore City College in Baltimore, MD.

Michigan football recruiting class locked onto east coast wide receiver target

Vernon Allen is a 247 Sports composite three-star wide receiver from Baltimore, MD, and one of the most recent 2025 recruiting targets to receive a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan. Adding Vernon’s size — standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing over 185 pounds — could be a key grab for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football team’s recruiting class.

Vernon has a long list of ACC offers, including Boston College and Virginia Tech. However, the Wolverines are only the second Big Ten program to offer him, with the other being the Maryland Terrapins.

According to composite rankings, Vernon is ranked as the No. 47 wide receiver in the class and the No. 17 recruit in the state of Maryland. These rankings may not turn heads nationally, but his film and natural talent certainly will. It is evident that Harbaugh and the Michigan football recruiting class are eager to add this talented east coast wideout to their team, and it appears that Allen is just as excited to receive the offer as the staff was to extend one.

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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.