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A state-by-state breakdown of Michigan’s 2020 class.

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The University of Michigan signed 23 of its 25 commitments during Wednesday’s early signing day period, ensuring another top 15 recruiting class devoid of five-star recruits but brimming with solid four- and three-star prospects from across the nation.

Of the signed players*, the Wolverines pulled most of its future talent from Maryland, with five commitments.

The Wolverines pulled four players from across Michigan, three from Massachusetts and two from New Jersey, as Michigan continued its strong trend of heavily recruiting the northeast region of the country.

Of note, Michigan didn’t pull a single recruit from the state of Ohio for the 2020 class. In its 2019 class, Michigan pulled six recruits from Ohio to lead the class.

Below is a state-by-state breakdown of the Wolverines’ 2020 recruiting class to this point, including historical trends for each region.

*JD Johnson, a three-star quarterback from Arizona, retired from football due to a heart condition and is not included in this list but remains included in Michigan’s committed list, per 247Sports.

2020 Commits

Maryland

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Blake Corum RB St. Frances Academy 4 6 117 12
Osman Savage OLB St. Frances Academy 4 13 310 22
Nikhai Hill-Green OLB St. Frances Academy 3 15 375 27
Kris Jenkins SDE Our Lady of Good Counsel HS 3 18 508 24
Micah Mazzccua OG St. Frances Academy 3 20 622 38

Michigan pulled its most commitments (5) of the 2020 class from Maryland. The group features several current teammates, including running back Blake Corum, a four-star recruit; Osman Savage, a four-star outside linebacker; Nikhai Hill-Green, a three-star outside linebacker; and Micah Mazzccua, a three-star offensive lineman — all from St. Frances Academy. Kris Jenkins, a three-star defensive lineman from Our Lady of Good Counsel HS rounds up the group. Mazzccua did not sign Wednesday.

The group is solid, but it’s somewhat surprising to see such a haul from Maryland. Michigan hadn’t pulled a recruit from Maryland since 2016 — when offensive lineman Stephen Spanellis committed.

Several assistant coaches were featured in the bringing five players from Maryland aboard; Jay Harbaugh was integral in recruiting Corum, while Don Brown and Anthony Campanile each played roles in recruiting the latter five.

Michigan

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Braiden McGregor SDE Port Huron Northern 4 2 107 5
Andre Seldon CB Belleville 4 5 233 16
Makari Paige SS West Bloomfield 4 6 244 25
Cornell Wheeler ILB West Bloomfield 3 13 455 19

Somewhat surprisingly, Michigan only nabbed four players from its home state in the 2020 class. The group features four four-star players in defensive end Braiden McGregor, defensive back Andre Seldon and safety Makari Paige. Cornell Wheeler, an inside linebacker from West Bloomfield, rounds out the group as the lone three-star prospect.

As one might imagine, Michigan has pulled a few players from the Mitten State, including as many as eight in the 2017 class. But since Jim Harbaugh took over in 2015, Michigan has continued its national recruiting and hasn’t focused exclusively on hometown talent.

Massachusetts

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Kalel Mullings OLB Milton Academy 4 1 159 13
Zak Zinter OG Buckingham Browne and Nichols School 4 3 275 11
Eamonn Dennis ATH St John’s 3 5 510 24

The Wolverines are bringing in three commitments from Massachusetts, a state which they had pulled just two players from since 2015.

Kalel Mullings, a four-star linebacker from Milton Academy — the top recruit in the state — Zak Zinter, a four-star guard from Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, and three-star athlete Eamonn Dennis of St. John’s make up the recruits from Massachusetts.

New Jersey

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Jordan Morant S Bergen Catholic 4 5 165 14
RJ Moten S Delran 4 8 279 27
Aaron Lewis SDE Williamstown 3 14 454 22

New Jersey has been a significant pipeline for Michigan in recent memory, with commitments from the likes of Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary. But for the 2020 class, the Wolverines saw a little less success.

Michigan’s pull from New Jersey includes a pair of four-star defensive backs in Jordan Morant and RJ Moten — the fifth- and eighth-ranked recruits in the state, respectively. Three-star defensive end Aaron Lewis rounds out the class.

New Jersey has been a huge pull for the Wolverines since 2015, but the 2020 class probably features Michigan’s biggest class from the state since 2016, when the Wolverines signed the aforementioned Gary, as well as running back Kareem Walker and three others.

California

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Jeffrey Persi OT J Serra Catholic 4 25 320 26

Four-star tackle Jeffrey Persi was the only recruit Michigan pulled from California.

Colorado

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Reece Atteberry OC Eaglecrest 3 6 431 8

Reece Atteberry, a three-star center, was Michigan’s lone product from Colorado.

Florida

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Jaylen Harrell WDE Berkeley Prep (Tampa) 4 52 302 12

Recent commit Jaylen Harrell, a four-star defensive end from Florida, was the state’s lone commitment to Michigan for the 2020 class.

Hawaii

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Roman Wilson WR St. Louis 4 3 353 62

Roman Wilson — the third-ranked prospect from Hawaii and a four-star wide receiver — is the state’s only recruit headed Michigan’s way.

Illinois

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
A.J. Henning WR Lincoln-Way East 4 1 90 17

Michigan landed the top recruit in Illinois in A.J. Henning, a four-star wide receiver hailing from Lincoln-Way East High School.

New York

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
William Mohan ATH Erasmus Hall 3 3 453 23

Three-star athlete William Mohan committed to the Maize and Blue from New York.

Pennsylvania

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Gaige Garcia RB Southern Columbia 3 32 N/A 140

Running back Gaige Garcia is the only Pennsylvania product committed to Michigan in the 2020 class.

Virginia

Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Name Position High School Stars State Rank National Rank Position Rank
Matthew Hibner TE Lake Braddock 3 12 410 13

Matthew Hibner, the 12th ranked prospect from Virginia, was the state’s only commitment to Michigan and the Wolverines’ second tight end pull of the 2020 class.