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Three Michigan commits earn fourth star in latest Rivals rankings update

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A handful of Michigan players surged in Rivals’ latest update.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Indiana Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

A recent reshuffling of the class of 2021 rankings by Rivals was very good to a few Michigan prospects.

Rivals, who is the most bullish on Michigan’s class at No. 6 overall, bumped three Wolverine commits up to four-star status. Another commit flew up the rankings and a top target also earned his fourth star as well.

The biggest jump was given to wide receiver Xavier Worthy, which we already covered a couple days ago. Worthy went from an unranked three-star to the No. 57 player overall and No. 10 wide receiver, according to Rivals. That was enough to push him over 100 spots higher and into the top 100 of the 247Sports composite as the country’s No. 71 player.

Also getting a healthy bump into four-star territory was massive offensive tackle Tristan Bounds. He moved up to the No. 2 player in Connecticut, giving Michigan the top two players in the state along with defensive end Kechaun Bennett.

This update moved Bounds right to the four-star line on the composite. Once ranked No. 686 in the nation, he is now at No. 420, which is only a few spots away from earning that fourth star on the composite. He is still a three-star to 247Sports and ESPN, so there is some potential to get there.

The last commit to get his fourth star is Ohio wide receiver Markus Allen. He climbed to No. 44 in Rivals’ wide receiver rankings and No. 10 in the state of Ohio. That shook out to almost a 100-spot rise in the composite. He now sits as the No. 445 player in the country and jumps Andrel Anthony as the third-highest ranked wide receiver in the class.

Allen is still a middling three-star on 247Sports, so he has the highest potential out of the three to rise further on the composite. 247Sports recruiting analyst Allen Trieu has already said there will be plenty of eyes on Allen and his teammate and fellow Michigan commit, safety Rod Moore, during their senior season, which recently kicked off.

While he didn’t get that fourth star, Florida linebacker Jaydon Hood also saw a sizable rise in the rankings. Listed as an athlete to Rivals, Hood rose from No. 45 in the position rankings to No. 15.

For reference, Rivals has the top nine athletes ranked as four-stars, so he is still a few spots away from clearing that threshold. He’s already a four-star on the composite, but his score hasn’t been updated yet following this move.

Elsewhere, Michigan’s scouting chops were once again bolstered by the rise of top safety target Daymon David in the rankings. David doubled his number of stars from two to four and is now considered the No. 22 safety in the country.

This leap dragged his composite score up over 800 spots, from No. 1,161 to No. 346. His composite ranking is a .8900, which is .0001 away from being a four-star. With Oklahoma, Michigan and Oregon all making strong runs at him, I think it’s safe to say he’ll get there.

Overall, these updates were enough for Michigan to jump USC in the team rankings and reach No. 9 in the country. When Hood’s composite ranking finally gets updated, it could be enough for them to leapfrog Miami for No. 8.