Joel Starlings, Ex-Wolverine

Joel Starlings, Ex-Wolverine

January 17, 2022
Joel Starlings (image via On3)

Richmond (VA) Benedictine defensive tackle Joel Starlings decommitted from Michigan on Sunday.

If you read my commitment post, you know I wasn’t a huge fan of Starlings (LINK):

With that review, I’m sure you can guess that I’m not sold on Starlings. He has a lot of potential because of his athletic profile, but if he were to go up against a college line right now, he would get donkeyed 15 yards down the field and planted on his back. Whether he becomes a good player or not seems entirely dependent on how much he buys into coaching, and it would be nice if he starts that buy-in during his senior year in 2022

One reason could be that defensive line coach Shaun Nua left for USC, but another reason could be that Starlings just wasn’t that determined to attend Michigan. After all, he tweeted shortly after committing that his recruitment was open, and that was when Nua was still seemingly firmly entrenched in Ann Arbor. So the writing had been on the wall for a couple months.

Michigan now has zero defensive linemen committed in the 2023 class, but there’s plenty of time to address the position group.

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