The drought is over. Michigan landed a commit Sunday afternoon after not having had one since June when James Hudson pledged to the Wolverines.
Michigan still remains at 17 commitments in the 2017 class, but the 2018 class gained a member on Sunday. Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral four-star offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor announced his commitment to the Wolverines following his visit for the game against Wisconsin.
Ekiyor is the No. 4 offensive guard in the country, the No. 1 player in Indiana, and the No. 110 overall prospect nationally in 2018.
The 6-2, 322-pounder is quick to get to the next level, and he has great awareness. As a junior, it’s obvious he isn’t as big as he will eventually be when he rolls into Ann Arbor, Mich., in two years. And as he gets taller, that 322-pound frame just gets scarier. He has a really high upside, and attends one of the nation’s best football schools in Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral.
Ekiyor is a player that many weren’t talking about, but The Justice Report on Friday hinted that the Wisconsin game could get a 2018 prospect, rather than the superstar 2017 prospects who were in town. That’s only due to the players who visited having already set commitment dates and other scheduled visits.
Ekiyor is now with Otis Reese in Michigan’s 2018 class. They have had three kids decommit in 2018 with four-stars Jalil Irvin and Leonard Taylor, and three-star Antwuan Johnson. Those aren’t big losses, especially this early in the process.
Ekiyor liked what he saw and chose Michigan. Like all junior commitments, it’s early, and an early commitment is good and bad. Staffs have to hold onto them for a while, and hope they don’t budge. But a commitment teams can’t trust, ultimately, isn’t a good one. Michigan should trust this one.
Ekiyor was aggressively recruited by Tennessee and Penn State, while Notre Dame was a contender before seeming to back off.
This is a great start to commitment season for Michigan, grabbing a high upside, smart, lineman like Ekiyor.
You can watch all of Ekiyor’s highlights here.