We’re a few days into 2024, and there’s a ton of recruiting news to dive into the first week of the New Year. Let’s kick off this Recruiting Roundup with one of the more highly-anticipated commitment dates we've had in a while.
Bryce Underwood ready to make commitment
Five-star quarterback Bryce Underwood, the No. 1 recruit in the 2025 class, is set to commit this weekend. He’s choosing between Michigan, Alabama, Colorado, Florida State, LSU, Oregon and Penn State.
As 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) pointed out in a recent piece, Underwood is making his decision on Jan. 6, the same weekend his family is celebrating the his late, great grandmother Bene Ella. Underwood dropped his top list of schools on Nov. 6, four years after Ella’s death.
When asked what he’s looking for in a school, Underwood said “development at the next level” is a top priority. When asked specifically about Michigan, Underwood mentioned how close he’d be to home and the relationships he already has with current Michigan players and commits.
“It’s home definitely,” Underwood said. “I got a lot of people that I am close with that went to Michigan. Semaj Morgan, Amir Herring, Jeremiah Beasley, Jacob Oden, a lot of those players made a lot of impact in my life in the 7on7 world, being on the football team together, being with these players seeing them grow and being on the biggest platform is amazing to see. A lot of history coming out of Michigan as well. (Winning the Rose Bowl) it’s historical for sure. Getting to the Natty is their main goal and they will probably achieve it. Very proud of them. Also being the winningest program out is a great reputation to have as well.”
Two Crystal Ball predictions are currently in for LSU.
2025 Michigan commit Carter Smith named Florida Gatorade Player of the Year
Smith, who committed to Michigan in mid-November, threw for 2,223 yards and 29 touchdowns this past season, while also rushing for 715 yards and 19 touchdowns. He led the Vikings of Bishop Verot Catholic High School to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the Class 2S State quarterfinals.
Smith is one of the top passers in his class, ranking as the ninth-best quarterback on the 247Sports composite and a top-150 overall player. Major congratulations are in order for him winning this award.
Top WR target reacts to Michigan winning Rose Bowl
Four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair, one of the top 2024 recruits who remains uncommitted after the early signing period, was impressed by Michigan’s performance in the Rose Bowl victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
“Yeah absolutely, it was awesome and a great game,” Bair told Brice Marich with The Michigan Insider. “Even though they’re the No. 1 team, it still feels like they have to prove people wrong and they are. (The offense) was sweet. They threw and ran the ball really well.”
Bair decommited from Boise State on Dec. 1 and has been a top priority for Michigan for a long time. He’s one of the fastest players in the class, but it should be noted he plans on taking a two-year mission trip, meaning he won’t be on the campus of his future college until 2026.
We’ll keep you updated on his recruitment, as he’s expected to make a decision in about a month or so.