Michigan’s running back class in 2017 won’t be what it wanted it to be. That’s simply because the Wolverines missed out on 5-star RB Najee Harris, who stuck with his commitment to Alabama. Can the Wolverines add a replacement?
With only 20 days left until National Signing Day, there aren’t many other options for Michigan at running back. Former commit A.J. Dillon is all settled in at Boston College, and the same goes for early-enrollee Harris at Alabama.
Current commitments from 4-star O’Maury Samuels and 3-star Kurt Taylor could end up being the only two in the class. But if the Wolverines were to look to add another running back, who would be two options to go after?
Here are a couple:
5-star Stephen Carr, USC commit
This name sound familiar? It should, because Michigan was very well in it on Stephen Carr, a current USC commit, at one point in time. Carr visited Michigan for the spring game on April 1, and had some real interest in the summer. He told me in the summer that he was only considering Michigan, outside of USC, where he committed over a year ago.
He hasn’t been shy with visits, either. As Carr visits Oregon on Friday, the Ducks have a breathing chance with the nation’s No. 13 overall player, per the 247Sports composite.
Regardless, Michigan would have to pull off a miracle to land Carr. But there is familiar ground there, the Wolverines have a name in the Carr household, and the family was seriously considering Michigan at one point.
It’s unlikely Michigan will get his commitment, but it’s worth an in-home visit. Don’t be surprised if he decides to take one of his official visits to Michigan, either.
4-star Cordarrian Richardson
This one with Cordarrian Richardson is a lot different than the Carr situation, for two very good reasons. For one, it’s doable should Michigan try, That’s because Richardson’s recruitment is wide open.
Having de-committed from Clemson on Dec. 23, Richardson has an even 3-way tie for his 247Sports crystal balls between Florida State, Michigan State and the rest are “foggy” – meaning unknown.
It’s also different to Carr because there isn’t much of a relationship there right now. But with no team having any real momentum, Michigan could take an in-home visit this week to try to throw their hat in the race for the nation’s No. 102 overall prospect.
Richardson visits Michigan State on Friday, then will visit Ole Miss and Oregon. But he still has room to take two more of his five official visits.
Michigan should make itself a candidate for one of those final two visits.
Final thought on running backs
I don’t think Michigan necessarily has to add one. But I don’t think this current class will have much of an impact in their time at Michigan.
And while my opinion isn’t the staff’s, adding another running back that could make some noise in his second or third year — like Carr, Richardson or even an under-the-radar guy — might not be a bad idea.
As for my final prediction, I don’t think Michigan will add a replacement for Najee Harris’ void.