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RECRUITING | Michigan linebacker commit upgraded to four-star

A major linebacker commit for Michigan is now a four-star recruit.



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January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive linesman Taylor Lewan (not pictured) holds his helmet against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

RECRUITING | On Wednesday, the Rivals Network unveiled five new four-star linebackers in the 2025 recruiting cycle. Among these five upgraded prospects is Mantrez Walker — a 2025 linebacker commit for Michigan football recruiting. Walker is now a Rivals four-star, and it is likely that the other two major recruiting networks will do the same at some point.

Michigan football recruiting: why is Walker a four-star now?

Here is that Rivals had to say about their decision to upgrade Mantrez Walker to a four-star:

“Any successful football team must have that thumper in the box with a nose for the football – and that’s Walker’s game. Walker is quick to read his keys and moves around well in the box, keeping linemen off of him so he can make the play. Staying square to the line of scrimmage, the Buford, Ga., talent finishes strong.

Michigan got a steal out of the state of Georgia by gaining Walker’s verbal commitment on Feb. 11.”

Walker’s new rating

Michigan’s 6-1, 225 pound 2025 linebacker commit is now a four-star prospect, though still does not have a national, position, or state rankings yet. This is likely because Walker’s class is too young to tell for many players.

Still, Michigan football recruiting has been doing well as of late, and with the 2025 class now boasting a four-star linebacker from Georgia, it feels like the sky is the limit for Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines in the next two classes.

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