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Michigan is hard after 4-star CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart
The nation’s No. 27 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, is beginning to hear a lot more from Michigan day by day.
San Diego 4-star cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart received his Michigan offer in February, and since then it’s been a pedal-to-the-medal effort from the Wolverines recruiting staff.
“I’m hearing from, probably, three coaches every two days,” Taylor-Stuart told Land of 10 on Thursday morning.
A big need in 2018, defensive backs will receive a lot of attention from Michigan.
Taylor-Stuart is the country’s No. 4 overall CB recruit, and an impressive senior campaign could raise him to a 5-star prospect.
In an interview with Land of 10 following his offer in February, Taylor-Stuart noted his willingness to leave home. He said that Alabama no longer led his recruitment after he received so many new offers, and that his parents are huge 49ers fans, making them big Jim Harbaugh fans.
Taylor-Stuart is expected to visit Michigan, though there is no date set. Consider Michigan among his top five, likely trailing Alabama and USC by a healthy margin.
And, he tweeted this on Wednesday night …
Michigan is a great school to attend for college…
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) March 9, 2017
Of Michigan’s realistic options at cornerback, Taylor-Stuart appears to be the best fit and have the highest ceiling.
“(Michigan) wants me to get up there,” he said. “They check on how I’m doing … stuff like that. They have a lot of success.”
Where does Michigan turn after T.J. Pledger?
Michigan is officially out of the race for Bradenton (Fla.) 4-star RB T.J. Pledger.
.@uno_tj announces his Top 8 schools.
We need you at Nebraska.
— GBR Designs (@GBRDesigns) March 9, 2017
It’s a surprise Michigan was unable to crack his top eight schools, but the Wolverines must shift their focus to other backs.
So who are some new options for the Wolverines at running back?
1. Decatur (Ala.) 4-star RB Asa Martin: A former IMG Academy back who transferred back to his local high school, Martin has one of the most dynamic skill sets in the country. He’s a realistic option for Michigan. He’s not too highly rated (No. 222 overall nationally) for it to be a tall task to pull him out of SEC country. Expect Michigan to show some life in this race toward the fall, when it could arrange a game-changing official visit. The favorite is Florida.
2. Hattiesburg (Miss.) 4-star RB Fabian Franklin: The SEC has concentrated heavily on Franklin, with LSU being the favorite, but you can’t count out Michigan yet. Franklin is the No. 5 running back and No. 123 overall prospect in the country, per the 247Sports composite. Franklin and Martin look to be the two highly ranked backs that Michigan still has a shot to land.