At last year’s All-American Bowl, the Michigan Wolverines were able to acquire a commitment from a four-star cornerback from California — Darion Green-Warren. This year, the Wolverines missed out on a California corner during the All-American Bowl, as 2021 four-star Ceyair Wright just announced his commitment to USC.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from Los Angeles has long been considered a top target at the cornerback position for the Wolverines. He released a top seven last month, including Michigan, USC, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon and Stanford.
Wright visited Ann Arbor for the first and only time this fall for the Wisconsin game, but that clearly was not enough for him to be convinced it was the place for him.
This is just yet another missed target on the recruiting trail for Michigan cornerbacks coach Michael Zordich in the 2021 class. This one especially hurts, considering Wright is a top 100 overall prospect and could have continued Michigan’s success in the state of California.
The Wolverines have offered 29 corners in 2021 and only have one commit — three-star Ja’Den McBurrows. The only remaining uncommitted corner of the 29 they offered is an unranked 5-foot-9 prospect, Jaylan Harris. With the need for outside corners, and the fact I haven’t heard of Michigan recruiting him for quite some time, Harris does not seem to be a legitimate option at this point.
Needless to say, the Wolverines have to look at the transfer portal for immediate options. If Jim Harbaugh wants a fast turnaround on defense for whoever the new defensive coordinator will be, he needs guys who can come in and play right away. The 2021 options have run dry, so the portal will be vital for Michigan this offseason.
Up to this point, recruiting coordinator Matt Dudek has followed two defensive backs who recently entered the transfer portal — former South Carolina cornerback Jammie Robinson and former Georgia Southern safety Kenderick Duncan Jr. We will see if anything develops with those guys, so stick with Maize n Brew as this all plays out.