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Michigan recruit is ranked the No. 1 player in the nation for the 2025 class

The best player in the 2025 class is right in Michigan football’s backyard.



No. 1 player in the country, Michigan football, Bryce Underwood
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When it comes to Michigan football recruiting, the talk of the town right now is five-star 2024 quarterback Jadyn Davis, who is set to commit at the end of this week. For some time now, the Wolverines have had their sights set on the No. 2 quarterback in the class (per 247), though as of late, a new name has been emerging as well: 2025 quarterback Bryce Underwood. This week, a bit of important information shot to the forefront of the Michigan football recruiting news cycle: the No. 1 player in the nation is in Michigan’s backyard.

Bryce Underwood name No. 1 2025 recruit in the nation

Despite being a 2025 recruit, Bryce Underwood already boasts an elite 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame and the arm talent to match. As a freshman in 2021, Underwood threw for 2,888 yards and 39 touchdowns — he followed it up with an astounding sophomore year, throwing for 2,762 yards and 37 touchdowns while leading Belleville to a perfect 14-0 season in 2022.

According to On3, Bryce Underwood is listed as a five-star quarterback prospect, and is ranked as the No. 1 player in the nation, the No. 1 quarterback in the 2025 recruiting class, and the No. 1 player in the state of Michigan. He is a native of the Ann Arbor area, and attends high school less than 25 minutes from Michigan Stadium; additionally, the Recruiting Prediction Machine gives the Michigan football program the best odds to land his commitment once the class wraps up (35.2%). Right behind the Wolverines is the Michigan State Spartans (25.8%).

Regardless of how things end up with Jadyn Davis on Friday, Michigan football will undoubtedly be looking at Underwood as a top recruit in the 2025 class. If the Wolverines can somehow land top-ranked quarterbacks in back-to-back classes, Michigan’s offense will be nearly impossible to stop in the future.

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