In what is becoming a weekly routine for Michigan, the Wolverines added another 2021 commit on Tuesday when Clayton (Ohio) Northmont three-star wide receiver Markus Allen chose U-M among a host of offers.
With his commitment, Michigan jumps to the No. 10 class in the country according to 247Sports.com, and the site also lists U-M as the No. 4 class in the Big Ten with 11 pledges. Allen is the first wide receiver to join the group.
Moving forward, another potential pledge down the road at the same position is Fresno (Calif.) Central East’s Xavier Worthy. Michigan extended an offer to the four-star prospect on Feb. 28 after he turned in a standout junior season of 55 receptions for 995 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In light of the coronavirus interrupting recruiting visits, Worthy recently updated his official visit schedule. Last month, Worthy planned on taking official trips to Michigan (in June), Nebraska, Utah, Oregon and Oregon State. Since that time, Worthy has continued to be courted by other schools, so he is no longer sure of which five schools he will officially visit.
When Worthy does figure that out, however, Wolverine Digest firmly expects for Michigan to make the cut. Ever since landing his U-M offer, Worthy has sung the praises of the Michigan program.
“Michigan was a school I liked since I was a kid,” Worthy said last month. “It was a dream school. It was one of my favorite schools growing up.”
In speaking with sources close to Worthy’s recruitment, the four-star speedster’s family said they could see him as a good fit at Michigan. After continual contact between Worthy and the staff during the quarantine, it was suggested that Worthy could drop to the Wolverines within the last couple weeks, but the uncertainty regarding scheduling visits looks to have delayed the dynamic receiver’s timeline.
Apart from Allen, Worthy has checked in as one of the most likely receiving prospects to wind up in Michigan’s class when National Signing Day rolls around. Though new schools such as Auburn, Washington, Washington State, Nebraska and USC have offered after U-M, the Wolverines still are in great shape pending official visits.
Elsewhere on offense, Michigan continues to be in strong shape with offensive linemen Rocco Spindler, Drew Kendall and Tristan Bounds. Michigan has continued to heavily recruit the trio of blockers, and any combination of that group could wind up on U-M’s 2021 class.
On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan made a massive impression on Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School three-star cornerback Ricardo Hallman. At the time, Hallman was more than familiar of Michigan’s strong track record in Florida recruiting, citing several players that have donned the winged helmet in recent years.
“Knowing the Florida guys like Devin Bush and Devin Gil and Josh Metellus, I was so happy when he gave [the offer] to me,” Hallman told Wolverine Digest. “Michigan has been a dream school of mine. I was really happy.”
Hallman says he was a Michigan fan growing up and that U-M legend Charles Woodson is his favorite player of all time, so he has long considered the possibility of wearing the same uniform of his football idol.
Recently, Hallman continues to stay in close contact with the Michigan staff during the quarantine and mentions cornerbacks coach Michael Zordich as his primary recruiter. Hallman called Zordich a “great” coach and says that he loves catching up with him, a clear sign that the two have a strong relationship.
Recently, Hallman has picked up offers from Arkansas, Penn State, Iowa State and Boston College, so his profile is rising on the recruiting trail. Still, the talented corner would help round out the back end of Michigan’s defensive recruiting class, joining fellow Floridian Ja’Den McBurrows as a U-M pledge.
The most clear-cut impact of Allen’s commitment resides with his teammate, three-star safety Rod Moore. Roughly one month after Michigan offered Allen, the Wolverines issues an offer to his teammate, Moore. Ever since then, Moore has been a key prospect that U-M has pushed for, and we was excited to take an unofficial visit to Michigan in mid-March before the coronavirus.
“Me and Markus have talked about going there together and playing there together again,” Moore said back in March.
Unsurprisingly, Michigan was included in Moore’s top 10 schools announcement a few days ago, and at this time the Wolverines look to be the favorite.
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