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Priorities are changing for Michigan football recruiting with the 2024 class

Michigan football recruiting has a lot on its plate right now.



Michigan football recruiting, 2024 recruiting class
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The latest Michigan football recruiting efforts have been largely successful, with a few misses along the way. That said, the Wolverines are in good shape right now, boasting a top-5 class nationally and the No. 2 class among Big Ten programs. With most of Michigan’s top targets from the 2024 recruiting class already committed, priorities in Ann Arbor are changing when it comes to the current class.

Attention is shifting for Michigan football recruiting

The 2024 recruiting class is looking good so far for Michigan football recruiting — it currently has 27 hard commits (and could continue to grow) as the season approaches. Additionally, it ranks No. 5 nationally in the composite rankings, trailing only Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida State thus far. With few targets still on the board in the 2024 cycle, Jim Harbaugh and his coaching staff are likely about to shift their focus.

There are a few areas that Michigan football recruiting needs to spend effort on in the coming weeks and months — the 2025 cycle is upon us, there are a few targets that the Wolverines would love to flip, not to mention Michigan’s current 27 commits that the program needs to maintain interest with leading up to National Signing Day early next year.

Flipping other schools’ commits

Recently, Michigan football recruiting flipped a three-star Purdue commit to fill a major void at cornerback in the 2024 recruiting class. This was a good move for the Maize and Blue and is something that Jim Harbaugh is likely going to attempt to do more of throughout the coming months. The Wolverines missed on a few major targets, such as Aaron Scott, Gatlin Bair, and more, meaning the class has room for some fresh faces that may not technically still be on the market.

2025 recruiting is at the forefront as well

Additionally, five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood, a Michigan native and the No. 1 recruit in the nation for the 2025 cycle, will be committing early next year. Along with Underwood, Michigan football has its sights set on a number of major targets. With the 2024 class starting to wind down, 2025 recruits are going to become a focal point for the Wolverines’ recruiting efforts going forward.

Defending the 2024 recruiting class

Lastly, as I mentioned, Michigan recently flipped a Big Ten commit, adding a 27th player to the 2024 recruiting class. This is fantastic for the Maize and Blue, but it underscores the fact that this class is not set in stone. If Michigan football wants to keep its best commits, like Jordan Marshall, Jadyn Davis, and more, the Wolverines need to keep their foot on the gas and defend their impressive 2024 recruiting class until signing day rolls around at the beginning of next year.

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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. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.