The inevitable change came today when it was announced that Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has been fired, and the implications are already being felt on the recruiting trail.
Chris Clark, 2015's top tight end prospect has decommitted from Michigan, according to his Twitter account.
December 2, 2014
Clark has been a candidate to take a step back and look elsewhere for awhile, so there is not much of a surprise here. He has stated before that the dismissal of Hoke would be a bit of a game changer.
It's hard to fault Clark or any commitment that decides to open their options up. Recruiting is built around the relationships these players build with a coaching staff, so these things happen when coaches are relieved of their duties.
It's worth pointing out that Clark said in his tweet that he will still consider Michigan. It will be an uphill battle without a coach for now and other elite programs coming after him, but there is still a chance he can be brought back in.
His decommitment leaves the Wolverines with only six commits left: quarterback Alex Malzone, wide receiver Brian Cole, offensive linemen Grant Newsome and Jon Runyan Jr., safety Tyree Kinnel and kicker Andrew David.