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Taylor Currie to reclassify from 2019 to 2018 and arrive a year early at Michigan, per Mlive

While Michigan already added Brandon Johns to their 2018 recruiting class this week, Taylor Currie has decided to skip his final year of high school and come to Michigan a year early.

Taylor Currie (middle) sits on bench during a high school game with Clarkston
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When Michigan was able to get Brandon Johns, the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Michigan, to commit on Thursday, it was one Michigan’s best pickups in over a decade.

Now the 2018 class that already has Johns in it, just got even bigger.

This recruit is already familiar with the program.

Taylor Currie, the Clarkston High School forward who committed to Michigan's 2019 class on June 15, said on Friday that he is reclassifying to 2018 and coming to U-M one year early, per Mlive.

"I just looked at everything and we considered all options," Currie said. "I believe it's the best fit for me. I'm obviously excited that I have the chance to go to Michigan. ... Looking at the class (Beilein) has coming in, it's a great opportunity to come in and play with those guys a year ahead of time."

To go along with Johns and now Currie, David DeJulius (a point guard from Detroit East English Village High School) is also a part of the all in-state 2018 class. Johns will be entering his senior year at East Lansing High School.

Jerome Hunter, who is an athletic wing that can score from Ohio, is a good bet on what might be the final add to the class. Hunter has been friends with Currie, who is from the Columbus area originally. Regardless, Michigan will most likely add one more.

Currie is ranked 174th in his national recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite.

In order to graduate early, Currie will need to take an additional online course in biology and two electives (business and marketing).

Currie doesn't turn 17 until this upcoming August. He enrolled at Clarkston in the 2015-16 year as a sophomore. Worthington Christian, the school he originally attended, is in Ohio where he says he took extra classes.

Currie will only be 18 years old when he starts classes at Michigan, making him younger in his class. Beilein and Currie have talked about redshirting as a possibility, but that will be decided when he is in Ann Arbor.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pounder is projected to be a center who can also play the four. He hopes to add 15 pounds and be at Michigan weighing 220.

"(Beilein) sees me coming in as a five, but based on how I develop in my first year, being able to play the four and the five," Currie said. "Obviously there's been the Moe Wagner comparison as an inside-outside guy."

At the end of the day, Currie choose to bypass a fourth year of high school "because the possibility of coming in early and getting a head start on my development was too much to pass up."

Currie said that Beilein thought the choice of reclassifying “was great.”

There have been no direct comments from Beilein on the topic of Currie to this point.