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Recruiting Roundup: Five-star QB Bryce Underwood talks visit for The Game

Underwood is the top-ranked player in the 2025 class.

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We still have almost a month until the Michigan Wolverines take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff, but there’s still plenty of recruiting news to get to.

In today’s recruiting roundup, we’ll dive into an interview with the top-ranked player in the 2025 class on his visit during The Game, a USC commit leaning towards coming to Michigan before signing day, and a four-star receiver from Texas hoping to visit Ann Arbor soon.

Let’s get into it.

Five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood talks visit for The Game

It’s no secret in-state five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood is one of the targets that Michigan is pursuing the most heavily. He’s the top-rated player in the entire 2025 class, he just led Belleville to the state title game a few weeks ago, and he included Michigan in his top seven last month.

In a lengthy interview with The Wolverine’s Zach Libby ($), Underwood expanded on his visit for The Game, his first since being on campus for the BBQ at the Big House this summer.

“Honesty, they just set up a great time for me,” Underwood said. “I talked to some of the coaches before the game. With that being said, I got to see how the atmosphere was before the game. It was crazy, for sure.”

Underwood mentioned he’s been impressed with the progress he’s seen from J.J. McCarthy since last season.

“He’s having a great year, so I’m proud of him, for sure,” Underwood said. “Honestly, he’s more patient with his drop. Looking at the whole defense and understanding what the defense is in and taking that in. Then, going about his business and doing what he has to do to beat that. He’s been great this whole year.”

The talented passer also mentioned that quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell was with him and his family for the visit.

Underwood plans to make his decision on Jan. 6.

“I’m pretty excited for it,” Underwood said on his commitment visit. “It’s coming so fast, for sure. I remember last December, I said I’m going to commit January 6, 2024, and I didn’t expect to come this quick. It’s going to hit me that day. I can feel it already.”

Three-star defensive linemen considering Michigan after committing to USC

Michigan is not afraid to go after players that have already made commitments, with three-star defensive linemen Deyvid Palepale being one of the latest targets.

After committing to USC in July, he told The Wolverine’s E.J. Holland ($) that his only connection to the Trojans is Coach Nua, who has been elevated to a co-coordinator since the firing of Alex Grinch. He appears to be reconsidering his decision and has interest in coming to Michigan.

“I’ve expressed my interest,” Palepale said. “Any time Saturdays come around, I’m looking for that Michigan game. I reached out to Coach (Mike) Elston about reconsidering. I’ve been committed to USC since July, but now that the dust has settled, I’m realizing I might want to be developed under Coach Elston like the guys he has now.”

Palepale clearly thinks highly of Elston, mentioning how much he loves that young guys rotate in on the defensive line for the Wolverines.

“I like the way he develops,” Palepale said. “They have a lot of young guys playing with KG (Kenneth Grant) and Mason Graham. That speaks volumes about him and the guys doing the work. As a person, he’s amazing. When I’ve gone up to visit, he brings his wife and daughters around. He’s a family person. That’s somebody I look up to because he would be an extension of my mom and dad.”

On the 247 Composite, the Lancaster, PA, native is rated inside the top 750. Michigan fans can expect a decision from Palepale anytime in the next few weeks.

“I’m looking to decide soon,” Palepale said. “Early signing day is coming up in two weeks. I want to make a decision before then. I’m just waiting on it.”

Four-star Top-250 WR wants to visit Michigan

With the success we’ve seen from the Michigan football team this season, it’s not much of a surprise that recruits across the country want to stop by Ann Arbor for a visit.

Taz Williams Jr., a top-250 2025 wide receiver, recently told Brice Marich with The Michigan Insider ($) about his interest in the Wolverines.

“I think the season is unreal,” Williams said. “To do all this without Coach Harbaugh for games and to deal with all the outside noise and block it out and handle business is crazy. It shows the culture at Michigan is at the top in nation.”

Williams wasn’t able to make it out to a game this season but said he wants to visit at some point this off-season, citing the bond he’s formed with wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy.

“I love him,” Williams said. “That’s my dude. We have a real good relationship and like two times a week (we talk). (He’s been telling me) that he loves me game and he loves my progression from last year to this year. He would love to coach me at Michigan, but for me to take my time and see if it’s the right fit.”