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One target remains for Michigan’s 2024 class — four-star WR Gatlin Bair

The Wolverines are hoping to round out their recruiting class with a speedy receiver.

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Erik Bean Erik is a lifelong Wolverines fan born and raised in West Michigan. He covers a variety of topics related to Michigan football including game analysis and recruiting.

The Michigan Wolverines had a successful early signing period on Wednesday. All 27 verbal commits signed, giving the Wolverines the No. 15 recruiting class in the 2024 cycle.

Michigan did an excellent job recruiting on both sides of the ball in this class, with 12 players on offense and 15 on defense. Some may look at the ranking and be disappointed that the No. 1 team in the country couldn’t haul in a top-10 class, but the staff knows what it is doing. The coaches have proven time and time again that recruiting players with raw talent and a high ceiling leads to an elite team.

While there were no fireworks, neither good nor bad, during the early signing period, the Wolverines are not done yet. They still have their eyes on one more recruit in the 2024 cycle, a speedy four-star wide receiver by the name of Gatlin Bair.

Bair is a big time playmaker out of Burley, Idaho. He currently is the No. 43 ranked overall player in the 2024 cycle, as well as the No. 11 ranked wide receiver. Michigan pursued Bair aggressively before he committed to Boise State earlier this year, but when the Broncos fired head coach Andy Avalos in November, Bair reopened his recruitment and released a message on social media saying he was down to two schools — Michigan and Oregon.

Although Bair chose not to commit and sign with as school during the early signing period, Michigan currently holds predictions to land the four-star from 247Sports recruiting experts Brandon Huffman and Steve Wiltfong.

Bair is exactly what the Wolverines are looking for in a deep ball threat at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds. Not only is he an elite receiver, he is also a track star. He has put up crazy times in both the 100-meter and 200-meter and regularly torches the competition. Bair is one of the fastest high school athletes in the country.

While he would be an elite addition to the 2024 class, there is a catch.

After graduating high school, most football prospects transition quickly to their collegiate teams. That will not be the case for Bair, as he will embark on a two-year mission trip following high school. This, in essence, makes him a 2026 commit. Should the Wolverines secure his commitment, the team and fans alike will have to wait a couple years to see him in action.

While Michigan appears to be in the driver’s seat, the Oregon Ducks are also battling it out for Bair. He could make a verbal commit prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 7, but there’s a chance both schools have to sweat it out. Regardless of where he goes, and regardless of him going on a mission trip, Bair would be a huge addition for either Michigan or Oregon to round out the 2024 class.