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Michigan football recruiting: Wolverines targeting the No. 1 running back in the nation

The Wolverines are looking to lock down the nation’s best running back recruit.



Michigan football recruiting, Harlem Berry, No. 1 running back in the nation
Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins (25) lines up in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, a series of new Michigan football recruiting offers were sent out, including one to Harlem Berry, the No. 1 running back in the nation for the 2025 recruiting class. Berry, a native of Louisiana, has plenty of high-caliber offers, including fellow Big Ten programs like Penn State and Ohio State. However, something seems to stand out about Michigan: the Wolverines are known for their elite ground attack and RB development.

Michigan football recruiting: New offer for No. 1 running back in the nation

Yesterday, Michigan football extended an offer to Harlem Berry, the No. 1 running back in the nation for the 2025 recruiting class. Berry, who hails from Louisiana, has garnered a substantial number of impressive offers.

According to the On3 rankings, Berry is ranked as the No. 11 overall recruit nationally, the top recruit in Louisiana, and the premier running back prospect in the country. At 6 feet tall and weighing 177 pounds, he possesses a solid physique for a rising high school junior, and his exceptional talent is evident when reviewing his game footage.

Numerous top-tier programs, including Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, and Michigan, among others, have expressed strong interest in Berry. Securing his commitment will require a concerted effort, successful visits, and perhaps a stroke of luck for the Wolverines. However, landing such an elite running back prospect would be a significant accomplishment for Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff.

Michigan’s football program has a proven track record of developing outstanding talent, particularly along the offensive line and at the running back position. Acquiring a player of Berry’s caliber would further solidify Michigan’s status as a contender for national championships in the future.

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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.