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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