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Michigan makes the final four schools for five-star 2021 forward Caleb Houstan

Another elite recruit has the Wolverines in the final mix.

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The Michigan Wolverines have made the cut for another elite prospect in a recruitment that is coming down to the wire. Class of 2021 power forward Caleb Houstan has named his final four schools with Juwan Howard’s program making the cut along with Virginia, Duke and Alabama.

Houstan, who reclassified from the 2022 class, is a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 8 overall player per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He currently plays at Montverde Academy, which is where incoming freshman Zeb Jackson played last season. 247’s Jerry Meyer recently compared him to Marcus Morris:

Has good size as a combo forward with shooting range. Not overly athletic, but plays with strength and has body control. Dangerous three-point shooter. Finishes well inside the arc. Is composed with the basketball. Solid handler and passer. Strong rebounder. Comes up with points off the glass. Positional defender with versatility defensively.

The Wolverines have been in to the end on several five-star prospect since Howard took the job in the spring of 2019, but have finished as the runners up each time. It remains to be seen what their chances will be before this recruitment is all said and done, but he is one of the top prospects left on the board.

Michigan currently has four commitments in a 2021 recruiting class that ranks No. 6 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten behind Michigan State. Those players include a trio in four-stars point guard Frankie Collins (No. 60 overall player), wings Kobe Bufkin (No. 65) and Isaiah Barnes (No. 121) and three-star forward Will Tschetter (No. 154).