ANN ARBOR, Mich. — National Signing Day is Wednesday, and Michigan is preparing to wrap up its incoming Class of 2018.
While the Wolverines anticipate at least four players to sign with the program on Wednesday, Land of 10 looks at the recruits who got away from the Wolverines.
3-star quarterback Kevin Doyle (Washington, D.C.) — Remains uncommitted
Doyle announced his de-commitment from Michigan on Sunday.
Doyle was originally one of two quarterback commitments in Michigan’s incoming 2018 class, but Doyle would have been one of at least five quarterbacks in Michigan’s stable as the Wolverines prepare for 2018.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Doyle originally committed to the Wolverines in September. He would have joined a position group that includes Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.
247Sports ranks Doyle the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the nation and the third-best player in D.C. for the class of 2018.
4-star offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor (Indianapolis) — Signed with Alabama
Michigan lost arguably its top offensive line prospect when Emil Ekiyor announced his commitment to Alabama in October. Ekiyor originally committed to Michigan in October 2016 and took part in the Big Man Big House camp for linemen in June at Michigan Stadium.
247Sports ranks Ekiyor as the No. 113 player overall in the country, No. 1 in the state of Indiana, and the No. 3 center. Ekiyor’s versatility is key; he can play at either center or guard, and is projected to play at center at Alabama.
Had he remained committed to Michigan’s incoming recruiting class, the 6-foot-2, 322-pound Ekiyor would have been one of three offensive linemen and one of eight 4- or 5-star rated players to sign with Michigan during the early signing period.
3-star offensive lineman Jalil Irvin (Stone Mountain, Ga.) — Signed with Auburn
Jalil Irvin, a 6-foot-3, 296-pound prospect, signed with Auburn in December, and he is one of two offensive linemen who left Michigan’s projected incoming 2018 freshman class.
Irvin originally committed to Michigan in June 2016 after attending a satellite camp in Atlanta, but he de-committed two months later because of what Scout.com reported as a lack of communication between himself and the coaches.
Irvin played at guard in high school, and he told SECCountry in December that he would move to center in 2018 at Auburn because “that’s their biggest need, and they want me to come in there and compete for the spot.”
247Sports ranks Irvin as the No. 482 player overall in the country, No. 49 in Georgia, and the No. 22 guard. At Michigan, Irvin would have joined an incoming group of freshman offensive linemen that includes tackles Ryan Hayes and Jalen Mayfield, who signed in December.
3-star inside linebacker Antwuan Johnson (Dayton, Ohio) — Signed with Bowling Green
Antwuan Johnson was one of Michigan’s earlier commits in its Class of 2018. Johnson committed to the Wolverines in March 2016. However, he reopened his recruitment in September 2016, six months after he verbally committed to the Wolverines.
The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Johnson signed with Bowling Green in December, picking the Falcons over Louisville.
247Sports ranks Johnson as the No. 977 player overall in the country, No. 39 in Ohio, and the No. 38 inside linebacker.
Johnson’s decommitment left Michigan with one linebacker in its 2018 freshman class: Otis Reese, a 4-star outside linebacker from Georgia who has verbally committed to the Wolverines, but who has not yet signed a letter of intent.
4-star tight end Leonard Taylor (Springfield, Ohio) — Remains uncommitted
Leonard Taylor originally committed to Michigan in April 2016, but he de-committed in August 2016. Taylor has not committed to a college program yet, but told the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun last month that he’s open to playing either tight end or on defense in college.
At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Taylor is the No. 16 tight end in the nation, No. 8 player in Ohio and the No. 298 prospect in the country.
Taylor can play at either tight end or on the defensive line. One has to wonder where he would have fit in at Michigan, considering its returning glut of tight ends and its pattern of building depth on its defensive line.