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Tyler Shough speaks out after choosing North Carolina
Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton star quarterback Tyler Shough stunned much of the college football world on Thursday afternoon with his commitment to North Carolina.
For months, Shough was viewed as a virtual lock to commit to Michigan — even after the Wolverines landed a commitment from 4-star QB Joe Milton. And just hours after his announcement, Shough spoke with Land of 10 and offered a little more insight into his surprising decision.
“Both schools checked off what I was looking for on my list as far as football, education, and coaches,” the 247Sports composite 4-star recruit said. “[I] just had a better feeling about UNC and it is the right fit for me.”
As late as Wednesday night, Michigan had 17 predictions on Shough’s 247Sports crystal ball. On Thursday afternoon, more than two months after the Wolverines offered him on April 4, Shough said he is a Tar Heel.
— Tyler Shough (@tylershough2) June 15, 2017
“The program I have chosen is the right fit for me, and is heading in a positive direction with pristine academics and an excellent coaching staff,” Shough wrote in his Twitter announcement, echoing what he told Land of 10.
At Chapel Hill, Shough would not have to compete with the likes of Milton, Dylan McCaffrey and Brandon Peters (all top-10 prospects). That, along with North Carolina being up to his standards academically, sound like the biggest factors in Shough’s decision.
While Michigan surely wanted him in their future competition, losing out on Shough isn’t something to hang your head about too hard.
Here are the three reasons why:
Michigan has a small class and a higher-ranked QB commit in Joe Milton
The Wolverines will only be able to add 15-20 recruits to the 2018 class after adding 30 in 2017. Among the 10 already committed is a big-time talent in Milton, the nation’s No. 158 overall prospect in 2018 per 247Sports.
Like Shough, Milton has seen a rankings rise in the spring and early summer. He was a 3-star recruit when the Wolverines began recruiting him but has worked his way into the top 200, earned a fourth star, and has the upside to crack the top 100 by the end of fall.
His arm strength, coupled with his abilities to throw on the run and under pressure, makes him one of the nation’s most talented prospects.
The mechanics are sorely lacking for Milton right now, but his raw ability isn’t surpassed by any other quarterback prospect in the country.
His upside and arm strength could be tops in the class. And if that isn’t enough, Milton currently sits 94 spots ahead of Shough, and only getting better.
With an already-crowded QB room, one commit is ideal
The Wolverines were wise to want to add Shough — two quarterback commitments of that caliber is something any school would love to have. But that was far more luxury than necessity.
Between players on the roster and those coming in, Michigan already has three future quarterbacks. And all of them ranked or are ranked in the top 10 at their position in high school — redshirt freshman Brandon Peters (No. 6), incoming freshman Dylan McCaffrey (No. 5) and Milton (No. 9).
If the Wolverines can add another of that status in its 2019 class, then this quarterback room is one of the most talent-filled in the country.
This could be one of the most talent-filled quarterback rooms in the country, even without Shough. Again, adding him would have been nice, but it wasn’t something it the Wolverines had to have.
Michigan is hosting the No. 1 QB in the 2019 class this weekend
Speaking of 2019 talent, Michigan is getting a big-time head start with the country’s No. 1 overall quarterback prospect in the 247Sports rankings.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei 5-star QB J.T. Daniels will be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend for the Aerial Assault Camp, beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday.
Daniels has had a keen interest for the Wolverines from the get-go, but this will be his first time visiting the campus and his first time getting hands-on experience with the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
If the California native — and early Stanford lean — takes away from this visit a feeling similar to the feeling Shough took from his North Carolina visit, we could see a future commitment from Daniels that makes everyone forget what Shough did one Thursday in June.