One of the elite quarterbacks in the Class of 2024 gave his verbal commitment Thursday night when five-star CJ Carr committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish against the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and a few other programs .
With Carr, the grandson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, officially kicked out of the Wolverines, who will they turn to in the junior class?
The good news for Michigan is that Carr was just one of the few five-star quarterbacks in the Class of 2024 that the Wolverines drafted heavily. Let’s start with Jadyn Davis, another five-star setter in the class who just made an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor last week. The visit went so well for the 6-foot, 190-pounder from Charlotte, North Carolina that Rivals scouting analyst Adam Friedman predicted the Wolverines would eventually land his commitment.
Davis’ father spoke with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong ($) after their visit to Michigan and highlighted Harbaugh’s facilities, academics and NFL pedigree.
“Harbaugh is an NFL guy,” Davis said. “Sitting there talking about development, he’s what, 14 years as an NFL quarterback and he’s been on both sides of the house, whether it’s the NFL, college, there’s a relationship between both. The element of development, experience and knowledge – it’s incomparable to anyone when you think about playing this position and developing someone to play this position at the highest level. Andrew Luck.
All the other elite programs are on Davis as well, but Michigan made a very positive first impression with him and his family. This is definitely something to watch out for moving forward.
Another five-star quarterback that Harbaugh and company are recruiting is Julian Sayin. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Californian first visited Ann Arbor in April and was also impressed with what the Wolverines have to offer.
“It was awesome,” Sayin told Michigan Insider’s Brice Marich ($) after his visit. “First time I was in Ann Arbor and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The facilities, the energy of the coaching staff and I got to watch the teams get up in the morning and loved seeing their culture (everything exceeded my expectations).
“I really enjoyed my time there and they are an important part of my recruiting.”
Since visiting Michigan, Sayin has taken a trip to Florida and visited Texas on June 11, LSU on June 12 and Alabama on June 13. These will be the last three visits he will make this summer, he told 247Sports’ Greg Biggins. He wants to commit this fall, so it will be vital that the Wolverines get him back for one game before his announcement.
A few other quarterback targets for Michigan in the 2024 class include a pair of four-stars — Michael Van Buren and Isaiah Marshall.
Van Buren plays for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, a school with which Michigan has a very strong connection thanks to Biff Poggi. They’ve landed Blake Corum and Nikhai Hill-Green from the same program in recent years, so the Wolverines could definitely dip their toes back into those waters if the two five-star guys go elsewhere. Van Buren has a rocket for an arm and has other offers from Alabama, Penn State, Maryland, Wisconsin, Pitt and more. Michigan offered him last October, so it’s been on him for a little while now.
As for Marshall, Jim Harbaugh personally offered the scholarship to him in 2019 when the Southfield native was just 13 and in seventh grade. Since then, he’s had other offers from Louisville, Purdue, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Pitt and more. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,236 yards and 28 touchdowns, to go along with 534 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. He is a true double threat and would also be a welcome addition to the program.
All in all, losing a legacy recruit like Carr sucks, but it’s not as bad as it could be when you look at the bigger picture. If Carr was a Dante Moore situation — where Michigan only recruits him at quarterback — then yes, it would be a massive loss; perhaps the biggest recruiting loss since Harbaugh took over. But with five stars like Davis and Sayin and four stars like Van Buren and Marshall still there for the taking, I hesitate to be too upset by this news.
And speaking of Moore, Carr’s commitment to the Irish certainly won’t hurt Michigan’s chances of landing Moore in the 2023 class. In fact, if anything, it just helped a ton.