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Michigan Football Recruiting: 2016 Running Back Kareem Walker Decision Preview

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For the second straight day, it looks like it will be Michigan vs. Florida State. This time, they fight for the nation's top running back.

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It's been a busy week for Michigan Football on the recruiting trail and it will not be slowing down..

Class of 2016 running back Kareem Walker (Wayne, New Jersey) will make his college decision on Thursday afternoon.

Walker is a four-star prospect and the nation's top running back in the class of 2016, according to 247's Composite ranking system.

This is a recruiting battle that again looks like it will come down to Michigan and Florida State. On Wednesday, the Wolverines beat out the Seminoles for the services of four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr.

Walker's recruiting process has been an interesting one. He originally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 2015 National Championship game and he seemed like a lock throughout.

However, he took a surprise official visit to Michigan while still committed to OSU on Oct. 10 for the game against Northwestern. From there, Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines picked up a ton of steam.

Even after the visit, he reaffirmed his commitment to the Buckeyes a few times, but the whispers of a flip to Michigan were still there. He later would decommit from OSU in November.

Since then, he has been visited by running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, linebackers coach Chris Partridge and Harbaugh as recent as last week. The Wolverines are positioned as the favorite here.

FSU has been making a late push recently and some believe they may sneak in and nab him at the last second, but that remains to be seen.

Michigan's need for a running back may not be its biggest, but the rushing attack needs a shot in the arm. A commitment from Walker gives them that and a skill set that they do not currently have on the roster. He is a big back with the combination of speed, power and vision that make him a great fit in Harbaugh's offense.

That is not to say he would be the starter the moment he hits campus, but he is definitely another true freshman that could make a big early impact.

Michigan has a great chance here to really put the stranglehold on the New Jersey pipeline with possible commitments from Walker and Rashan Gary, the nation's top prospect and defensive tackle, to finish out this class. They already have a trio of four-stars from The Garden State in wide receivers Ahmir Mitchell and Brad Hawkins and defensive end Ron Johnson.

Much has been made about being able to bring in freshman that can contribute right away to add to the already strong core of next year's team and Walker is another piece to that should he commit.

My 247 Crystal Ball pick here goes to the Michigan Wolverines, who should be able to ride their recruiting momentum into Thursday's big announcement, which is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET.