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2025 four-star TE Eli Owens commits to Michigan

The Wolverines pick up their first addition to the 2025 class since advancing to the National Championship.

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Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines just picked up their first commitment since defeating Alabama in the Rose Bowl and advancing to the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Announced on social media Thursday afternoon, 2025 four-star tight end Eli Owens is officially committed to the Maize and Blue.

The 6-foot-1.5, 243-pounder hails from Alcoa, Tennessee and was first offered by tight ends coach Grant Newsome last June. He visited for the games against Purdue and Ohio State this fall, and he had really good things to say after the win over the Buckeyes.

“The visit went great,” Owens told The Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($). “Main highlights were to experience what The Game is like. I’ve already heard everything I need to hear, so again it was really to experience the game.

“They’re definitely near the top.”

Other than Michigan, Owens also garnered offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Maryland, Louisville, Mississippi State, Michigan State and more.

By all accounts, he very well could play the same role in the offense that Max Bredeson plays. He isn’t the biggest tight end in the world, but he is relentless in the blocking game — as evidenced in the third and fourth highlights here. He’s also a solid pass-catcher, racking up 33 receptions for 385 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore in 2022. Stats for his junior year are currently unavailable.

Owens is ranked No. 11 in the state of Tennessee, No. 19 at the tight end position and No. 355 overall, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is the fourth player to commit to Michigan’s 2025 class, as he joins four-star cornerback Chris Ewald, four-star quarterback Carter Smith and four-star defensive lineman Bobby Kanka. Michigan’s 2025 class is now ranked No. 12 in the nation following this commitment.

Check out some of Owens’ best highlights on his Hudl page.