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Michigan football: Wolverines’ 2024 class could be elite

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

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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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Major Michigan football target set to visit Penn State white out

This major Michigan football recruiting target, Bryce Underwood, is about to make the trip for a Penn State white out game.

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This weekend is one of the biggest on this year’s college football calendar and is arguably the biggest of the season thus far. While the Wolverines kick off their Big Ten slate, top-priority Michigan football recruiting target Bryce Underwood — a five-star QB — will be in Happy Valley for the Penn State white out game. Underwood, who is the No. 1 recruit in the nation, is thought to be favoring the Maize and Blue right now; however, there are a number of schools still making a strong push.

Top Michigan football recruiting target Bryce Underwood to visit Penn State white out

The Penn State Nittany Lions are not currently considered a major threat to Michigan football recruiting when it comes to top-ranked target Bryce Underwood. That said, this weekend’s Penn State white out game against a ranked Iowa squad, which is led by former Michigan quarterback and Big Ten Champion Cade McNamara, could change things if James Franklin plays his cards right.

With Underwood’s commitment date (Jan. 6th, 2024) approaching quickly, a number of teams are starting to make a strong push for the elite five-star QB. Underwood is the No. 1 recruit in the nation, per On3 and 247 Sports composite, and is currently leaning towards the Wolverines, per the Recruiting Prediction Machine.

Still, teams like LSU, Colorado, Ohio State, and clearly, Penn State, are still in the mix, so seeing where this weekend’s white out visit leads could be a good storyline to track for fans of the Maize and Blue.



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Three-star Michigan football commit continues to impress

This three-star Michigan football commit has been nothing short of impressive so far this fall.

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The Wolverines, known for their rushing attack under Jim Harbaugh, have a few incredible running back recruits currently locked down in the 2024 recruiting class. That said, as four-star Jordan Marshall (the top player in the class) continues to impress, three-star Michigan football commit Micah Kaapana is being overlooked a bit. Still, the Las Vegas-based future Wolverine continues to impress each week.

Three-star Michigan football commit continues to impress

So far this year, Micah Kaapana has played in all five of his school’s games and is averaging over 12 yards per carry this fall. Kaapana is one of the more recent Michigan football commits, as he officially pledged to the Wolverines earlier this year.

While he is not the highest-ranked recruit in Jim Harbaugh’s 2024 recruiting class — he is a three-star Michigan football commit — he has been quite impressive so far.

Micah Kaapana is averaging over 12 yards per carry, nearly 12 yards per reception

Last weekend, Micah Kaapana carried the ball five times for 61 yards (12.2 yards per carry) during his school’s fifth-straight victory of the season. His solid rushing performance moves him to 436 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns so far this year. The fact that he has only received 36 carries and is posting stats like these (averaging 12.1 yards per carry) is quite impressive.

The three-star Michigan football commit has been a solid pass-catching back as well, hauling in 11 receptions thus far for over 130 yards (11.8 yards per reception). This is a skillset that Sherrone Moore is trying to optimize with Donovan Edwards right now, so Kaapana should fit right in when he gets to Ann Arbor next fall.

The future of the program is in good hands with the 2024 recruiting cycle

While Micah Kaapana is not getting the publicity that other top Michigan football commits are, he is a great find for the coaching staff and could be a difference-maker for the Wolverines in years to come.



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Top Michigan football recruiting target meets with Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders and Colorado football are making a strong late push for the No. 1 Michigan football recruit target in the country.

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Over the weekend, Colorado football improved to 3-0 on the year, downing Colorado State in thrilling fashion during the famous ‘PAC-12 after dark’ hours of the night. The Buffalo, who went 1-11 last year, yet are undefeated under Deion Sanders, will now be facing the Oregon Ducks this weekend for their second ranked game of the year — they beat TCU by a field goal during Week 1. All of Sanders’ early success with the Buffalo has the nation buzzing and has caught the eye of the No. 1 Michigan football recruiting target — five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood — who met with Sanders following the win.

Deion Sanders making a push for the top Michigan football recruiting target

Five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood is perhaps the hottest name in Michigan football recruiting talks right now. The elite prospect is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation, and plays high school ball about 20 minutes from the University of Michigan’s flagship campus in Ann Arbor, meaning he is right in Jim Harbaugh’s backyard.

Can Colorado sway the five-star quarterback?

While the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine still favors the Wolverines here, there are a number of teams that are still major contenders — for quite some time, the biggest threat appeared to be the LSU Tigers; however, a new team has now entered the race. Deion Sanders and Colorado football have been playing some entertaining football, which is heavily focused on QB performance and getting elite players in open space, which is something that just about every quarterback and wide receiver will love.

Over the weekend, following Colorado’s win over Colorado State in overtime, Bryce Underwood met with the legendary Buffalo head coach. Sanders and Colorado jumping into Underwood’s recruitment with this much momentum out of nowhere is a bit concerning for Michigan football, to be frank.

Bryce Underwood rankings and more

Per the On3 rankings, Bryce Underwood is a five-star quarterback in the 2025 recruiting class and ranks as the No. 1 player in the entire country. For the time being, he still has a 40.7% chance of choosing the Maize and Blue — the best odds of any school — however, it’s worth keeping an eye on Deion Sanders and Colorado football as the make a strong late push.

Underwood will announce his commitment on January 6th of next year.



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