With the focus all on basketball at the moment, Michigan football is quietly thriving on the recruiting trail. With 7 commitments, including a quartet of 4-stars, the 2020 class is ranked No. 9 per 247 Sports.
The ranks could be growing by one, as Oak Park (Mich.) wide receiver Maliq Carr told Evan Petzold of WolverinesWire that he’s set a commitment date for Oct. 11. As Petzold writes, “he’s seriously interested in Jim Harbaugh’s team.”
That day is also his birthday. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder would be a literally large gift to Josh Gattis’ and Ben McDaniels’ receiver corps. Carr finalized his decision timeline in the wake of this past weekend’s visit to Ann Arbor for spring practice.
He had told our own Von Lozon that Gattis and the new up-tempo spread scheme is enticing.
“Coach (Josh) Gattis,” Carr said. “(And) the offensive changes.”
In addition, Lozon wrote:
“Carr has visited Ann Arbor multiple times and has expressed his excitement about Gattis and Michigan’s offense on more than one occasion.”
Carr set his top list on March 19, which includes Purdue, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Michigan.
Top 5 Recruitment is still OPEN pic.twitter.com/x1BrSuOrWy— Mãłîq Čārr (@CarrMaliq) March 20, 2019
A potential flex tight end prospect, he has registered a 4.72-second 40-yard dash, 4.32-second shuttle and a 29.70-inch vertical.
Carr is ranked No. 432 in the nation, No. 77 at wide receiver and No. 11 in Michigan, according to the 247 Sports Composite.
This news combines with the reveal that Detroit King 4-star Rashawn Williams is deciding next month. The No. 166 prospect nationally per the 247 Sports Composite is an almost unanimously expected to enter the fold at Michigan.
Williams would be a good complement to Carr, as well as 4-star Ohio commitment Kalil Branham. Williams and Branham are both classic 6-foot-1 wideouts with a good combination of straight-line speed and short-area quickness to help with route running. Carr, meanwhile, would figure to be a Nico Collins type of jump ball threat.
With the new-look Gattis offense, expect the Wolverines to start taking at least 3-4 receivers per class to bolster the depth chart.
Stay tuned this morning for a pair of offensive linemen updates, including:
- Edwardsburg (Mich.) 3-star Josh Priebe talking his recent Michigan offer with Jonathon Simmons.
- Gilbert (Az.) 3-star Noah Nelson telling Lozon that the Wolverines are “1 of the top 5” in his recruitment.