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Recapping everything from Michigan’s 2024 early signing period

There wasn’t much drama this year for the Wolverines — just how we like it.

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The 2024 class is all signed up for the Michigan Wolverines. Of course, four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair is forgoing signing his letter of intent until February, but everyone else who was expected to commit/sign with Michigan on Wednesday did just that.

Here is what all went down:

German DL signs first

In the wee hours of the morning, three-star German defensive lineman Manuel Beigel was officially the first player to sign his letter of intent with the Wolverines.

Beigel has been committed to Michigan since July 16, 2022 and stuck with that initial pledge, despite being targeted by other blue blood programs like Georgia, Alabama and Penn State after he committed. He isn’t the highest ranked of the bunch (only No. 891 overall) but that’s just what happens when you are a prospect from overseas.

From Ohio to Michigan: Jordan Marshall, Ben Roebuck and more sign

The Wolverines sure are making a decent pipeline from Ohio to Michigan, with all four commits from the Buckeye State signing their letters of intent on Wednesday. It all started with four-star running back Jordan Marshall around 8 a.m. at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, followed by three-star offensive lineman Ben Roebuck, four-star offensive lineman Luke Hamilton and four-star defensive lineman Ted Hammond thereafter.

This is a pretty impressive haul from the state of Ohio, and Hamilton is the one that started it all on Nov. 27, 2022, just one day after Michigan won at Ohio State. Marshall is the obvious headliner of the group, but all four of these guys have a ton of potential at the college level. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come regarding Michigan’s recruiting endeavors in Ohio.

Four-star edge commits and signs on same day

There wasn’t much doubt when it came to four-star edge Lugard Edokpayi, as all the Crystal Ball predictions were in on the Wolverines before he publicly committed. He is a lengthy edge prospect at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, with a reported arm span of around seven feet.

A native of District Heights, Maryland, Edokpayi committed to the Wolverines over the hometown Maryland Terrapins, as well as Florida State, Minnesota, Rutgers and more. He rounded out a quality edge class for Michigan, as he joined four-star Devon Baxter and three-star Dominic Nichols.

Owen Wafle could already be a fan favorite

Four-star defensive tackle Owen Wafle flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to Michigan back in May, which already made him a big fan of Michigan fans everywhere. However, he could very well be a fan favorite already after this interview with On3.

THAT is a total dude.

Wafle has had a somewhat quiet recruitment, not really doing many interviews or putting himself out there on social media too much. However, hearing him talk about himself in that way only confirms for me that he is a total lunch pail guy — he’s a blue-collar, hard-nosed, tough-as-nails (whatever cliché adjective you want) football player. This kid not only wants to ball, but he wants to dominate.

How can you NOT love his mentality? I really hope this kid turns out to be a stud at Michigan and beyond.

Conclusion

All in all, 27 future Wolverines signed their letters of intent on Wednesday. Nobody flipped, nobody delayed signing, no drama took place whatsoever when it came to Michigan’s class. I’ll take that any day over what the bastards down south had to go through yesterday.

This doesn’t happen all that often, but it’s nice that everyone is locked in and we don’t have to worry about anything. A decent amount of them will be enrolling early (we’ll have that list out soon) so the future of Michigan football will soon be practicing and preparing with their new teammates.

Now...we wait until February and see what four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair does.