Just two days ago, 4-star offensive lineman Kevin Pyne committed to Boston College over Michigan and countless other programs. Today, Michigan is left with that taste in its mouth yet again.
Wednesday afternoon, 2020 4-star wide receiver Josh Downs verbally pledged his talents to North Carolina over U-M, Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina State and others. He announced the news on his Twitter account.
Been a long time coming..— ¹¹ (@JoshDowns_) February 13, 2019
This one is for my family..
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Downs visited UNC twice in one week (Feb. 3, Feb. 9) and locked up his commitment just four days later.
Michigan offered Downs last May, and back in January he told Maize n Brew he planned on visiting Michigan this summer. He has already visited Ann Arbor twice, most recently during the season for the Penn State game.
“The Big House was great — very energetic and the fans are amazing,” Downs told Maize n Brew back in January.
It is unknown if he still plans to visit over the summer.
Moving forward, Michigan will have to turn its attention to the other receivers it has been recruiting hard in this cycle. The Wolverines already have 4-star Kalil Branham committed, but it will be important to lock up a couple others in the event one, or all, of Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black leave early to go to the NFL.
The receiver Michigan has the best chance with seems to currently be in-state 4-star Rashawn Williams. The crystal ball predictions favor Michigan over Ohio State 88 percent to 12 percent, but Williams seems pretty tight-lipped in regards to his recruitment.
Maize n Brew reached out to Downs, but he was not immediately available for comment.