On Friday evening, 2016 four-star offensive lineman Devery Hamilton (Baltimore, MD) flipped his commitment from Michigan to Stanford, 247 Sports' Steve Wiltfong has reported. Hamilton's assistant high school coach, Henry Russell, informed Wiltfong that Hamilton made the switch official during an in-home visit from Stanford head coach David Shaw and added, "I think just the academics that Stanford has to offer and [Hamilton's] parents having a family friend out there who can help make the distance more doable."
Update: Hamilton made his flip official on Twitter:
My future pic.twitter.com/bDfngQLb5Y— Devery Hamilton (@D_Hamilton19) January 30, 2016
Hamilton is ranked 244th overall and the 22nd offensive tackle in the 2016 class according to the 247 Sports Composite. He committed to Michigan over Stanford back on June 24, 2015 and was believed to be a solid member of the Wolverines' class. Since his commitment, he took two unofficial visits to Michigan on October 3rd and on November 28th to watch The Game and made his official visit to Ann Arbor two weeks ago. According to his 247 Sports bio, he has not visited the Stanford campus one time.
This is the sixth decommitment that Michigan has suffered in the past two weeks, joining DT Jordan Elliott, DE Rashad Weaver, CB Antwaine Richardson, ATH Kiante Enis, and OL Erik Swenson. Unlike some of the other decommitments, it appears that this was not an instance where Hamilton's scholarship was pulled or he was asked to look around. It was believed that the Michigan staff was very excited about Hamilton.
Hamilon's decision reduces Michigan's 2016 class to 25 members and only three offensive linemen -- Ben Bredeson, Michael Onwenu, and Stephen Spanellis -- for now. Michigan is expected to take 29-30 commits in this class, and there may be further attrition. However, other than E.J. Price, who's a longshot, there aren't any other OL on the board.