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Some bad news for Michigan football on the recruiting trail

Some less-than-ideal news came for the Wolverines on the recruiting trail today.



Michigan football recruiting, Bryce West, Ohio State
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Michigan football recruiting recently lost its No. 1 ranking in the team standings to the defending national champions, the Georgia Bulldogs. However, the Wolverines remain within striking distance and can regain their top position with a few key commitments. Today, a new insider prediction emerged, indicating that the Ohio State Buckeyes are poised to secure one of their primary targets, Bryce West, a highly sought-after four-star cornerback.

The Wolverines had been actively pursuing West, making this development significant in their recruitment efforts.

A bit of bad news for Michigan football recruiting

Over the past two weeks, Michigan football appeared to be establishing itself as a strong contender for Bryce West, one of the top recruits in the 2024 recruiting class. Today, the Buckeyes earned a new prediction for the four-star Ohio recruit, seemingly solidifying their status as West’s landing spot. What once felt like a glimmer of hope for the Michigan Wolverines has all but vanished.

Hailing from Cleveland, OH, Bryce West is a highly regarded four-star defensive back prospect. He ranks at No. 54 nationally, No. 6 among cornerbacks, and No. 2 among Ohio recruits in the 2024 cycle. As a top regional prospect, West has garnered significant national interest, although Michigan and Ohio State seem to have a clear advantage over other competitors.

This is not the end of the world for Michigan football recruiting. The Wolverines are still in the running for several top-ranked targets and have even managed to overtake the Buckeyes in pursuit of a four-star EDGE recruit. Despite this less-than-ideal news, the Wolverines are currently in a favorable position in the long run.

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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 as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.