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Where Michigan sits with Will Johnson heading into commitment weekend

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Johnson commits this Sunday.

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This weekend could be a big one for the Michigan Wolverines, as 2022 five-star in-state cornerback Will Johnson is slated to announce his decision on Sunday. That was a topic of discussion on this week’s Future Brew, and Von, Jon and Stephen give their take on where the Wolverines sit heading into the weekend.

Von: Arguably Michigan’s top guy on the board in the 2022 class, that’s cornerback Will Johnson. Five-star from Grosse Pointe. No. 1 player in Michigan, No. 4 cornerback and No. 8 overall on 247Sports’ composite rankings. Reportedly gonna be deciding between Michigan, Ohio State and USC. Pretty big top three there. All the crystal balls right now in Michigan’s favor. Jon, where do you think Michigan fits in his final three?

Jon: I think they’re at No. 1 right now. He’s the son of a former Michigan player. It looks like reports that OSU has been fading. USC is making up ground, but when other schools shuffle and the top school doesn’t change, it usually means a good thing for the top school, and in this case it’s always been Michigan. Johnson chopped down his timeline, I think he said he wanted to decide by the end of March and now it’s a month earlier without any notable changes I can think of.

Von: I do think Michigan leads as of today. Obviously, anything can change, recruiting is weird. The team I think is a big dark-horse in this race is USC. He’s got a buddy that committed there not long ago — Domani Jackson, another five-star cornerback that Michigan is likely still targeting even though he’s committed to USC. So if it doesn’t end up being Michigan, I think it’ll be USC.

Stephen: Yeah, Donte Williams over there is a really good recruiter. And Johnson and Jackson are as close to a dual package as I’ve seen since covering recruiting. So, I think the big things there are can that overcome all the things Michigan has in its favor — the long relationships, the legacy aspect, the ability to build something up at Michigan, which is something USC also has in their favor. But I think you’re not wrong in saying they’re the dark horse. They’ll be in his ear more than some people are expecting, but I think there are too many things in Michigan’s favor.

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