The top remaining quarterback left on Michigan’s board in 2020, four-star CJ Stroud, is making his college decision Wednesday morning, he announced on Twitter.
I will be announcing my commitment and signing my NLI on Wednesday December 18th at Rancho Cucamonga High School’s auditorium at 9:30 am, it will be open to the public, and it will be on ESPN U...— S7VEN (@CJ7STROUD) December 16, 2019
The 6-foot-2.5, 194-pounder from California will also be signing his letter of intent.
Michigan made a late move for Stroud after JD Johnson announced he could no longer play football due to a heart condition. Johnson was a three-star quarterback in Michigan’s 2020 class, leaving Jim Harbaugh scrambling to find a replacement.
Stroud is the No. 83 overall player in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ composite, so he would be an excellent option for the Wolverines. Unfortunately for them, 100 percent of the crystal balls are in favor of Ohio State, with the latest one coming in today.
We will have to see where Stroud ends up, but Harbaugh and company will likely need to find another backup option quick. Michigan hosted un-ranked quarterback Dan Villari this past weekend, but he has not received a scholarship. Other than Stroud and Villari, there aren’t any other known targets at this time.
It is very possible Michigan goes without a quarterback in 2020 until the traditional February signing day. Could we see the Wolverines take a look at the transfer portal again? It is quite possible, but if they don’t sign a quarterback during the early signing period, Michigan’s quarterback depth could take a hit heading into next season.
Luckily, Michigan already has a quarterback committed in 2021 — five-star J.J. McCarthy. But that doesn’t help the immediate depth issues that Michigan could face next year.
Only time will tell, so stay locked in to Maize n Brew as this all develops.