Michigan has a unique opportunity in its 2018 class if things stay the way they are: an opportunity to add two quarterbacks.
Here’s a look at each player’s recruitment, style and an answer to the question: Should Michigan add two men behind center in its 2018 class?
A breakdown of 4-star QB Tyler Shough
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton QB Tyler Shough is on his way to the Elite 11 at The Opening, following his impressive performance in Los Angeles at the Elite 11 finals, where he made the top 12 of 24 players at the competition.
Shough has risen from below No. 500 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings to No. 251, and he’s also now the 10th-best pro-style quarterback.
In a piece published earlier this week on Land of 10, Elite 11 coach Quincy Acy had strong words about Shough, saying he had “all the arm talent and abilities in the world.”
He’s still uncommitted, but all 13 of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions favor the Wolverines. The others in the hunt include Cal, Indiana and South Carolina, and Alabama has a chance if it decides to actively recruit him.
But, to put it plainly: The Wolverines have an enormous lead for the recruit that grew up a Wolverines fan.
A breakdown of 4-star Michigan QB commit Joe Milton
The chances of Joe Milton backing out on his pledge is slim-to-none for now, and there’s no reason it should change.
All signs point to Milton being as comfortable with Shough as the second quarterback in the class, as Shough is with being in the class with Milton.
The two competed hard at the Elite 11, possibly getting a feel for what may lie ahead in Ann Arbor.
Shough won this battle. But Milton hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. Acy said the same thing, mentioning Milton’s upside as one that could be the biggest in the class.
Milton’s arm strength is far and away at the top of all quarterbacks in this class.
So, with all of that mind …
Should Michigan add both Tyler Shough and Joe Milton to its 2018 class?
Logically: Yes. There’s no question when you have a quarterback as good as Shough fall in your lap, willing to join and compete with Milton, you take him.
But what are the consequences with doing it? It’s a scholarship that you’ll have to take away from another position.
Michigan could sit at just one running back commitment. Or, with a plethora of linebacker and defensive line depth, there’s no reason to add more than two or three at each of those positions.
One of these guys will, eventually, start at Michigan, depending on who ends up in the class, if Shough wants in and Milton sticks.
And like Jim Harbaugh always says about a good position battle — iron sharpens iron.