Michigan couldn’t quite lure its top quarterback prospect in the Class of 2018 from the West Coast.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, 4-star QB, announced his commitment to UCLA Sunday night. He was choosing between a top two of just the Bruins and Wolverines.
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Thompson-Robinson is the No. 3 dual-threat QB in the nation and the No. 2 player in Nevada, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Las Vegas prospect has been Michigan’s No. 1 priority at quarterback during this recruiting cycle, and he was in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ spring game on April 15. Still, this wasn’t a surprising decision. Land of 10 Michigan recruiting analyst Brandon Justice figured he’d end up at UCLA:
We have a good hunch that he was locked in on UCLA before the visit to Michigan. Despite a good trip to Ann Arbor, we expect the No. 1 target on the Wolverines’ board for more than a year to stay in the West and choose the Bruins.
His mother told Land of 10 last week she didn’t know where he’d go. The hope for Michigan was that last week’s visit would be enough to sway him. Now that it wasn’t, Jim Harbaugh and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton, Thompson-Robinson’s lead recruiter, will have to move on to other targets. They undoubtedly won’t give up on him completely, as his pledge won’t be official until he signs his National Letter of Intent in December or February. But they’ll still need a Plan B.