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How Michigan football commits and targets fared in the updated recruiting rankings

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A few wide receiver and safety targets saw hefty bumps in 247Sports’ newest rankings.

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Even though there aren’t any camps or 7-on-7 tournaments going on for players to showcase their talents, the rankings council at 247Sports used their time to dig back into the film for prospects and shake up their rankings on Wednesday.

This wasn’t too comprehensive of an update given there is little new information available, but it did give them a chance to unearth guys they think deserve much higher rankings than before. Michigan, unsurprisingly, is involved with several of these players.

Please note the ranking listed before for each player refers to only the 247Sports ranking, not the overall composite score. I only listed players who had significant movement of more than five spots in either direction in the rankings.

28. Nazareth Academy (IL) QB J.J. McCarthy - down 7 spots

McCarthy usually slips a couple of spots every time these rankings happen. Hopefully it doesn’t continue out of the five-star range.

34. St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) WDE Dallas Turner - up 109 spots

Once listed as an outside linebacker, Turner is now being evaluated as a defensive end in the rankings. Michigan made Turner’s top 10 schools with Brian Jean-Mary taking over his recruitment, but Georgia will be tough to beat. It’s unclear if Michigan still sees him as a linebacker or not.

59. New Trier (IL) OT David Davidkov - up 24 spots

Davidkov has continued to rise up in 247Sports’ rankings every time they release a new list. He’s the top guy left on Michigan’s board at tackle and would be a big piece in what could be a special offensive line class.

104. Saguaro (AZ) SDE Quintin Somerville - down 55 spots

After debuting as the No. 5 player in the initial 2021 rankings, Somerville is now hanging around the top 100 in both the 247Sports and composite rankings. Michigan is also battling Georgia for Somerville, but has a much better chance in this recruitment.

147. Central East (CA) WR Xavier Worthy - up 245 spots

Worthy jumped up the rankings in a big way, and rightfully so. He was offered by Michigan back in late February and almost immediately put the Wolverines in his top six. After watching two of his full games, I’m enamored with Worthy’s acceleration and athleticism. He’d make the perfect slot receiver for Josh Gattis.

186. Hillcrest (IL) RB Mar’Keise Irving - down 41 spots

Irving got a big bump in the rankings last time 247Sports made an adjustment, but they brought him back down to earth a bit this time around. The Wolverines are still hanging around this recruitment as they look to add two backs in the class.

201. Peters Township (PA) S Donovan McMillon - up 525 spots

Kudos to safeties coach Bob Shoop for identifying McMillon as one of his top targets right after getting to Michigan. McMillon was the biggest riser in the new rankings, going from a middling three-star to just outside the top 200. Other schools have also noticed, such as Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Penn State.

211. Westlake (CA) DT Victory Vaka - down 9 spots

It’s not clear how hard Michigan is still pursuing Vaka as he continues to name a new top five and change his commitment date seemingly every month. Regardless, Michigan has consistently been mentioned as one of Vaka’s favorite schools.

Now that we’re out of the Top 247, it’s hard to see how far a recruit moved up or down in the rankings. However, we can see how their actual player rating changed to give an idea of what 247Sports thinks of the player. The cutoff for a four-star on 247Sports is a 90.

301. Myrtle Beach (SC) WR JJ Jones - 88 to 90

Like Worthy, Jones received his fourth star and rose quite a bit in the overall rankings. He’s also a relatively recent offer at the position. South Carolina has surged lately on the crystal ball for Jones.

317. Roger Bacon (OH) RB Corey Kiner - 90 to 89

247Sports dropped Kiner from a four-star to a three-star. The other sites seem to disagree pretty strongly on this, as Kiner is still just outside of the top 150 on the composite. He’s always been looked at highly by the Michigan staff as well.

494. IMG Academy (FL) C Greg Crippen - 90 to 88

Crippen also lost his fourth star in these rankings and is now being considered a center by 247Sports. The drop in this case is probably related to Crippen’s size. Apparently he parted with Notre Dame after showing up to a visit smaller than they expected.

698. Northmont (OH) WR Markus Allen - 84 to 86

If you’re looking for the next guy to commit to Michigan, Allen is probably the best bet. The Ohio native got a nice rating bump up to an 86 on the rankings. I liked his game the most when I scouted a few Michigan receiver targets last month.

890. Noble & Greenough (MA) LB Casey Phinney 84 to 85

Phinney received a small increase in his rating as well after getting some more eyeballs on his profile once he committed to Michigan.

Northmont (OH) S Rod Moore - 84 to 89, up 58 spots among safeties

Another safety target who moved up quite a bit is Moore, who is also a teammate of Markus Allen at Northmont. Moore has still not been ranked by any other service, so he doesn’t have a composite ranking. However, you can tell that he moved up 58 spots in his position ranking and is one rating spot away from earning a fourth star.