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Michigan football: Wolverines’ 2024 class could be elite

The Wolverines could have an elite 2024 class on their hands.




Those who pay attention to Michigan football recruiting know that the Wolverines’ most recent class is subjectively subpar. It is the second-worst class Jim Harbaugh has signed (18th nationally) as Michigan’s head coach, just a few spots ahead of the Wolverines’ 2018 class, which ranked 22nd nationally.

With NIL holdups and Jim Harbaugh-NFL rumors, the Wolverines have been fighting to stay relevant with some of the nation’s top talent, and so far in 2024, Michigan football has done precisely that.

Michigan football jumps from 12th to 8th

While the 2024 class is still too young, Michigan’s recent commits are looking elite. Yesterday, the Wolverines added four-star in-state athlete Jacob Oden — who will likely play defensive back in Ann Arbor — to the class.

The addition of Oden brought the Wolverines’ class from 12th to 8th nationally and has started to turn heads about Michigan’s latest recruiting efforts. Additionally, Michigan football remains in the lead or is in the mix for some of the country’s best uncommitted players.

Who do the Wolverines have so far?

All but one of Michigan’s commits are four-star players in the 2024 class. In fact, aside from one unranked prospect (Manuel Beigel), the Wolverines have nothing but four-star players committed in the 2024 class. On top of that, Michigan could add more four and five-star talent — namely five-star quarterback Jadyn Davis, who is a heavy favorite to choose the Wolverines when the time comes.

Here are Michigan’s commits to this point (rankings per 247 Sports):

  • Jacob Oden

Jacob Oden is a four-star 2024 athlete from Harper Woods, Michigan. Oden is the 160th-ranked player nationally, the 17th-ranked athlete, and the 5th-ranked player in Michigan.

  • Mason Curtis

Mason Curtis is a four-star linebacker in Michigan’s upcoming class. He is the 192nd-ranked player nationally, 17th-ranked linebacker, and 3rd ranked player in Tennessee.

  • Luke Hamilton

Hamilton is a four-star offensive lineman from Ohio — a state that Jim Harbaugh has been hitting hard as of late. Hamilton is the 213th-ranked player nationally, the 13th-ranked offensive tackle, and the 8th-ranked player in Ohio.

  • Hogan Hansen

Hansen is a four-star tight end and Michigan’s only west coast prospect to this point. He is the 269th-ranked player nationally, the 15ht-ranked tight end, and the 3rd-ranked player in Washington.

  • Ted Hammond

Ted Hammond, Michigan’s second-most-recent commit in the 2024 class, is the Wolverines second player from Ohio in this cycle. Hammond is the 344th-ranked player nationally, 30th-ranked defensive lineman, and 13th-ranked player in Ohio.

  • Manuel Beigel

Manuel Beigel is a 6-5, 282 lbs Defensive Line from Wallingford, CT. He is unranked in the 247 Sports rankings.

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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.