Coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan suffered a blow Friday night when 4-star tight end Will Mallory chose Miami over the Wolverines.
— Will Mallory (@WillMallory_25) April 22, 2017
Mallory, the No. 11 tight end in the nation, according to 247Sports, was once thought to be a lock to commit to Michigan, in part because his father played linebacker there. But in the end, he chose Miami instead.
Here’s what Land of 10’s Brandon Justice wrote about Mallory on Friday:
The Wolverines once led in large numbers, commanding every Crystal Ball Prediction for the Florida prospect.
Hours ahead of his commitment, though, the Wolverines legacy – Mallory’s father played linebacker at Michigan – would surprise us if he picked the maize and blue.
The in-state Miami Hurricanes unexpectedly have risen as a possible destination for Mallory in the last few weeks. We never saw them as the ultimate choice for him in the long run. In fact, many in the industry didn’t see any school snatching one of Michigan’s top targets – at any position.
Justice reported that Michigan didn’t recruit Mallory quite as hard as Miami did, and the Hurricanes eventually sold him on the idea of being the next great Hurricanes tight end.
Michigan didn’t put that same effort in. Maybe it couldn’t, due to distance. Traveling to two basketball games in Jacksonville isn’t as affordable from Ann Arbor as it is from Miami. Still, the Michigan camp wasn’t recruiting Mallory as hard as he’d have liked to have been recruited recently.