Donovan Edwards has long been the top target for Michigan at the running back position in the 2021 class. The elite 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from West Bloomfield has taken his time with his recruitment, doing his due diligence with the process by communicating with schools all over the country. Among the schools at the top of his list include Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Michigan State.
After Edwards’ three-touchdown performance Friday night against Oak Park, he spoke with reporters and told them he is still not close to making a decision. In fact, he is planning on making a commitment after his senior season.
“I’ve got the season going on. I ain’t even thinking about recruitment as of right now,” Edwards told MLive.
One reason Edwards has been holding out on making a commitment is due to his desire to make visits. One place he has not been to yet is Oklahoma, and thanks to the NCAA in-person dead period being extended to Jan 1. 2021, he won’t be able to meet with any of the coaches if he does still make it out there this year.
Still, that hasn’t changed Edwards’ mind about potentially going out that way for a visit.
“It really doesn’t affect it. My option is my option. The way I feel comfortable around the team — if I feel comfortable, if I go to Norman, Oklahoma and I feel comfortable, who knows what will happen,” Edwards told WolverinesWire.
One person he does feel comfortable with already is Michigan running backs coach Jay Harbaugh. So comfortable, in fact, that he reached out to him before his game yesterday.
“I just called (Harbaugh) to ask him how I can do this, this and this,” Edwards said. “He’s just a very great guy, you know what I mean? Over the four years he’s been recruiting me, we’ve been going up and up and up as the relationship’s gone on.”
Even though Edwards said he isn’t close to making a commitment, I still believe Michigan is the team to beat here. Even if he makes a trip to Norman unofficially, he won’t be able to meet with any coaches. I think that bodes well for Michigan, considering how much relationships have been affecting Edwards’ recruitment.
If Edwards does indeed wait until after the season to make his commitment, he will commit sometime after Oct. 23, the day of his final high school regular season game.