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2019 4-star DE Stephen Herron Jr. decommits from Michigan, commits to Stanford

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Speculation finally turned into reality.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The rumors have been circling the interwebs for what seems like a decade, but the rumors are now factual.

4-star 2019 defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. officially decommitted from Michigan and committed to Stanford on Monday afternoon.

Herron Jr. is the fifth-ranked weak-side defensive end and the 86th ranked overall player in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ composite. The decommitment sent Michigan from the fifth-ranked recruiting class to ninth, and from the top of the Big Ten to second behind Ohio State.

It looks like Herron Jr. had his mind made up at least a day in advance, telling 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong: “I knew after getting early admitted I couldn’t pass up that opportunity.

“Michigan provided me a great opportunity and I’m glad I could have been a part of it. It was nothing from the staff, recruits or players that led me to make this decision. I just simply saw an opportunity I couldn’t see myself passing up. I will always root for my former blue blood brothers and hope the best for Michigan and the staff in coming seasons.”

Obviously, any top 100 recruit is a huge loss to any program, and this is no different for Michigan. However, this one decommitment will not make or break Michigan’s 2019 recruiting class. The class still has a 5-star talent and a ton of depth on the offensive and defensive lines — two things the Wolverines absolutely need in this class.

But don’t worry, Michigan fans; the Wolverines are still in it for a few top prospects in this class. Keep your eyes fixated on 5-star defensive end Zach Harrison, 5-star safety Daxton Hill, 4-star offensive lineman Trevor Keegan, 4-star safety Lewis Cine and 4-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson.

Don’t push the panic button, guys. There’s more in store for Michigan. Including this weekend at the BBQ at the Big House...