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Recruiting Roundup: More of the nation’s top recruits react to Michigan’s National Championship win

The Wolverines made their mark on the recruiting world after going 15-0.

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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 are coming off one of the most historic seasons in program history, capped off with a national championship. The sports world is buzzing about the program’s accomplishments, drawing attention from recruits around the country.

Top recruits react to Michigan’s National Championship victory

The coaching staff has plenty to sell when they hit the recruiting trail with a national championship under its belt. The coaches are already getting good feedback, from what top recruits have told 247Sports ($), at least.

The Wolverines actively used their tight ends this season in both run and pass game. Colston Loveland came up with a huge catch in the National Championship to help Michigan’s offense ice the game. Loveland and Barner’s production this season caught the eye of Linkon Cure, the No. 2 tight end in the 2025 cycle.

“They are definitely high on my list,” he said. “I think it impacts Michigan’s recruiting substantially. It proves that they are a powerhouse and can win big games under pressure. I think Michigan would be a great fit for me, considering how well they use their tight ends.”

The Wolverines may not have won the Joe Moore Award again this year, but the offensive line showed up big in the National Championship. Seuseu Alofaituli, the No. 2 ranked interior offensive lineman in 2025 liked what he saw.

“Michigan’s accomplishment, all together, displayed great strength physically and emotionally, as they maintained a tough state of mind throughout the odds and outside noise, all season,” Alofaituli said. “Huge victory. Congratulations on winning the national championship. Congratulations to coach (Jim) Harbaugh and his coaching staff. Way to shut it all down.”

The Wolverines had one of the best defenses in the country, and some of the top defensive prospects were impressed by Jesse Minter’s squad.

“It definitely made me look their way some more and check out their program some more,” 2025 four-star defensive lineman Trent Wilson said. “Especially because their defensive line was making big-time plays.”

“The season that Michigan had means a lot,” 2025 four-star cornerback Jahmir Joseph said. “It definitely helps me with my recruiting on who I want to play for and the technique they play with. I can see my self at Michigan, great program and have a great DBs system.”

“What makes them a potential fit for me is I love the way they blitz with their D-linemen,” 2025 four-star edge rusher Mariyon Dye said. “They will be one of my top schools, for sure.”

“Michigan’s football season definitely had a big impact on me as I got to see development within the guys who are playing and great teamwork,” 2025 four-star cornerback Cameron Miller said. “This season just shows me how Michigan can dominate and stay consistent through the whole year. Moving forward, I definitely see Michigan as a fit for me in the future.”

Michigan will also be looking to continue adding to their running back room as a ground and pound team. They have made progress recruiting in Ohio and received praise from one of the best running back prospects in the country who is currently trending for OSU.

“I’ve built a relationship with coach (Mike) Hart, so I’m happy for him and Michigan football for bringing a championship back to Big Ten,” 2025 four-star running back Bo Jackson said.

Highly touted DL a top target for Michigan

The Wolverines’ success on defense has also caught the eye of five-star Nathaniel Marshall, the No. 21 overall player in the 2025 class.

“Michigan has great tradition, culture and coaching,” Marshall told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “They’ve shown in many ways all of this throughout their undefeated season.”

Marshall liked what he saw from Michigan’s defense this season and how ferocious they played. The No. 1 player in Illinois was present for The Game against Ohio State and came away very impressed.

“Was a crazy experience and glad to be in the building for it,” Marshall said after the game. “It was a great game and three straight times of beating such a team is a real tough, strong stat to have under your belt. The offense was fun to watch but even more the defense from Michigan.”

Marshall doesn’t have any visits planned due to his high school basketball schedule, but Michigan will have to compete against schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas and others in order to land No. 3 defensive lineman in the nation.