It’s not out of the ordinary when high school prospects who had previously committed early to a college program, later remove their pledge and the reasons often vary and are justified. However, it’s not very often that a school lose three highly-touted prospects in less than a 24-hour span.
That’s what has happened to the University of Michigan going back to Monday afternoon. It all started when 4-star defensive end/tight end Leonard Taylor (Springfield, OH) from the class of 2018 announced he was re-opening he recruitment book and considering all options, decommitting from the Wolverines. Then just hours later, it was a 2017 prospect pulling off his pledge to U-M, defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon (Leesburg, GA) after a communication gaffe. Now on Tuesday, the Wolverines have lost their third commit.
6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive lineman Jalil Irvin (Stone Mountain, GA) has decided to decommit from U-M.
Four-star (2018) OL Jalil Irvin decommits from Michigan https://t.co/YR0mH4nNBu
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 23, 2016
Irvin previously committed to the program back in June after visiting an Atlanta-based satellite camp hosted by the Wolverines. He’s on record calling Michigan his “dream school” and just would like to re-consider all possibilities.
While Irvin is not as highly-regarded as some of the other prospects Michigan is considering, 247Sports still recognizes him as a 4-star talent. So far, he’s only received offers from another Big Ten foe in Illinois as well as Tulane. Irvin is among the top 15 offensive lineman nationally in his class and a top-25 prospect in the state of Georgia.
With the subtraction of two 4-star prospects from the class of 2018 in a two-day span, the Wolverines class of commits is down to two: safety Otis Reese (Leesburg, GA) and linebacker Antwuan Johnson (Dayton, OH), both of whom are 4-star prospects. The announcement from Irvin has dipped the overall class ranking from U-M to No. 17 nationally and 3rd in the Big Ten.