Most of Michigan's 21 early verbal commitments are expected to ink their Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. But several highly touted decommits suggests the current status of Jim Harbaugh seems destined to cripple the football program long-term. Early Wednesday, ESPN reported linebacker Branden Jennings, a No. 67 overall ranked recruit, had flipped from Michigan to the rising Big Ten powerhouse known as Maryland. Maryland.
Jennings is not alone. Four-star defensive end Demeioun Robinson also decommitted from Michigan and will join Jennings on the Terrapins. Defensive end Quinton Somerville (No. 106) flipped to UCLA, another semi-power of years past that has not done much lately.
Quarterback J.J. McCarthy, a five-star recruit did sign with Michigan as expected, he is said to be undeterred by the coaching situation.
It is said negative recruiting by other programs in recent weeks has impacted Michigan's 2021 efforts. At best, a top-20 recruiting class as the Wolverines threaten to become the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Ten East.