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Michigan football recruiting looking to steal a major Penn State football commit

Michigan football recruiting is now targeting a major Penn State football commit in the 2025 recruiting class.



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Aug 31, 2019; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Michael Onwenu (50) lines up during the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football recruiting is currently enjoying a surge in recruiting success, with their 2024 and 2025 classes garnering significant attention from the college football world. In particular, the 2024 Michigan football recruiting class has taken the recruiting landscape by storm, securing the coveted No. 1 spot in the nation. This achievement is a testament to the exceptional talent evaluation and recruiting strategy employed by the Wolverines coaching staff. Despite already having an impressive haul of top-tier recruits committed for 2025, Jim Harbaugh, the head coach of Michigan football, continues to pursue elite prospects with a bold and aggressive approach. One such prospect is Jaelyne Matthews, a highly-regarded Penn State football commit, who received a scholarship offer from Michigan on Wednesday morning. This move by Harbaugh and his staff is a clear demonstration of their unwavering commitment to recruiting the best talent in the country.

Michigan football recruiting targeting major Penn State football commit in 2025 recruiting class

Recently, the Michigan football program’s recruiting efforts have been paying significant dividends, and the Wolverines added another high-profile target to their sights today: Jaelyne Matthews, one of the top-ranked Penn State football commits in the 2025 recruiting class. This move by the Wolverines is a bold one, but it has the potential to pay off handsomely in the long run.

Matthews is a composite four-star recruit and is considered one of the top offensive tackles in the 2025 recruiting class. Standing at an imposing 6-foot-6 and weighing approximately 275 pounds, Matthews is a product of Tom Rivers North High School in New Jersey.

According to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Matthews is ranked as one of the top 60 prospects nationally, a top 10 offensive tackle in his recruiting class, and the No. 1 recruit in the state of New Jersey. He has been committed to James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions for some time; however, that was before receiving an offer from Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines. Given Michigan football’s impressive recruiting track record and reputation for developing elite offensive line talent, there is always a chance that Harbaugh will be able to persuade Matthews to join his team and make a significant impact.

This is a major move by the Wolverines, and if successful, it could bolster their chances of contending for a national championship in the years to come. By adding a highly-touted recruit like Matthews to their already impressive 2025 recruiting class, Michigan football is positioning itself as a force to be reckoned with in the college football landscape. It remains to be seen how Matthews will respond to Michigan’s offer, but Wolverines fans are undoubtedly excited about the potential for this top-ranked Penn State football commit to join their team.

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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.