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Michigan football recruiting: Rankings update gives the Wolverines two top 30 running backs

Michigan football recruiting is heating up when it comes to landing some of the nation’s top running backs.



Michigan football recruiting, Jordan Marshall, Micah Ka'apana, running back
Sep 3, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back C.J. Stokes (23) rushes in the second half against the Colorado State Rams at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, the 247 Sports rankings were updated, resulting in several changes in the rankings for current Wolverine commits. Michigan football recruiting has successfully secured commitments from some of the nation’s top players, including two outstanding running backs: Jordan Marshall and Micah Ka’apana, both of whom are ranked in the top 30.

Two Michigan football recruiting commits ranked in the top 30

Earlier this year, Michigan football recruiting achieved a significant victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes by landing Jordan Marshall, a top-ranked Ohio prospect and a highly sought-after four-star running back. This acquisition represents a major milestone for Jim Harbaugh and the program, as they were able to secure a recruit that Ryan Day and the Buckeyes were actively pursuing. Marshall is currently the highest-ranked running back commit for Michigan in this recruiting cycle, placing among the top 15 in the nation, per 247 Sports.

Additionally, Michigan football recruiting secured a commitment from Micah Ka’apana, a three-star running back from Las Vegas, last month. While he may have garnered less initial attention when he committed to the Wolverines, Ka’apana is undoubtedly an excellent addition to Michigan football and is expected to form an exceptional duo with Jordan Marshall.

According to the updated rankings, both of these running back commits for Michigan football are regarded as top performers on a national scale, ranking among the top 30 running backs in the country.

Among the Big Ten schools, only three other running back commits are ranked in the top 30: James Peoples from Ohio State, Corey Smith from Penn State, and Anthony Carrie from Michigan State. Given Michigan’s reputation for excelling in rushing the football, it is unsurprising that the Wolverines are recruiting running backs and offensive linemen exceptionally well in the 2024 recruiting cycle.

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