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Michigan has major opportunity with five-star offensive lineman on Friday

The Wolverines are about to host one of the top players in the 2024 class on Friday.



Michigan football, Jim Harbaugh, 2024 recruiting class, five-star offensive lineman, Brandon Baker
Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (77) against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

We are hot off the heels of the Wolverines’ annual spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, though the coming season has temporarily taken a back seat in favor of major recruiting news. Over the past month or so, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan football program has been gaining a lot of steam with its 2024 recruiting class, and this Friday, the Wolverines could gain even more. For the first time ever, 2024 five-star offensive lineman Brandon Baker will make the trip to Ann Arbor for a recruiting visit with the Michigan Wolverines.

Five-star offensive lineman to take first recruiting visit with Michigan football this Friday

Brandon Baker is one of the most sought-after prospects in the 2024 recruiting class. After a series of timely commitments, Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan football program currently boasts a top 3 recruiting class nationally, and another major commitment or two will boost Michigan into the top-2. Brandon Baker — a five-star offensive lineman in the class — is currently ranked as the No. 23 player in the 2024 recruiting class, the No. 1 offensive tackle, and the No. 1 player in the state of California according to 247 Sports.

As of right now, there are no crystal ball predictions for Baker, though the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine lists Oregon and USC as his top two schools thus far. Still, seeing as he has never made the trip to see Michigan football before, Jim Harbaugh and his staff could sway him on Friday.

2024 recruiting class could get better following visit from Brandon Baker

“The visits for me are always crucial,” Baker told On3. “I get a feeling for the school and overall environment. From there, I look at the full experience as I look to cut down my list after the spring. The visits over spring break should be my last round of visits before I start to narrow things down. I should get down to my top 10 or 11 schools soon.”

If Harbaugh can make a good first impression this incredibly talented five-star offensive lineman this weekend, the 2024 Michigan football recruiting class could jump to the top of the rankings and build even more momentum as we enter the bulk of spring/summer recruiting.

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