Michigan’s top overall target in the 2018 class announced his commitment to UCLA on Sunday night.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson — a 247Sports composite 4-star — announced via Twitter that he was picking the Bruins over the Wolverines in the two-team race.
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Let’s talk about his commitment’s impact on the 2018 Michigan recruiting class.
What it means for Michigan
Michigan’s top targets in the previous two classes both ended up choosing the Wolverines.
In 2016, the two-year recruitment of Rashan Gary ended with him picking Michigan late on signing day. And in 2017, Donovan Peoples-Jones, an in-state receiver who was recruited since his freshman year, signed with the Wolverines.
But in the 2018 class, Michigan missed out on its top guy for the first time under Jim Harbaugh.
Was Thompson-Robinson as important as Gary and Peoples-Jones? Not even close. Those two commitments were monumental.
Michigan probably won’t add a quarterback ranked higher than Thompson-Robinson, but it will add one who’s not too far off.
Most schools like to add a quarterback early, as it helps in building a class.
Who will Michigan target at quarterback?
Harbaugh has had Plan B in place for more than two months, preparing for the worst with Thompson-Robinson.
Two names stick out as contenders to become Michigan’s 2018 class quarterback — or perhaps both could join the class.
Orlando (Fla.) Olympia 4-star QB Joe Milton is a rising prospect. Strong performances at camps such as The Opening helped Milton’s 3-star rating improve to 4 stars in recent composite rankings. He’s the No. 247 overall prospect in the country, and is a top-10 ranked pro-style quarterback.
At 6-foot-4, 222 pounds, he’s a better prospect than Thompson-Robinson when it comes to prototypical quarterbacks. He’s bigger, stronger and has a great arm.
Of course, he’s not the dual-threat that Harbaugh wanted in Thompson-Robinson. But if Milton is considered a consolation prize, then Michigan’s recruiting room is holding some very high standards.
Milton is Florida’s Plan A and its top target. He also visited Georgia over the weekend.
His visit for Michigan’s spring game sparked talk that he would choose the Wolverines, if he decides to commit early. We put in our Crystal Ball prediction for him, and we expect Milton to choose Michigan in the coming weeks.
Currently, though, Florida holds 16 of 24 predictions. Michigan has seven and Georgia claims one.
Michigan’s other target is Chandler (Ariz.) 3-star QB Tyler Shough. He isn’t as athletic as Milton, nor does he have the same ceiling, but he shows the potential to outshine his No. 551 overall ranking.
Shough is the same height as Milton with less meat at 187 pounds. He can’t throw the ball as far, but he’s a dead-on accuracy guy who moves well in the pocket. He plans to visit Michigan soon, but that trip will be about whether the Wolverines would take his commitment.
The class is very limited in size so it’s questionable whether there’s room for Milton and Shough.