The second National Signing Day for the class of 2023 is tomorrow, February 1. While most recruits signed back in mid-December, there are always some high-profile players still lingering in February, along with kids who were just unsure or who were fielding late offers. Below are a few of the big story lines for Michigan fans, along with the uncommitted offerees:
Cameron Brandt – DL – Chatsworth (CA) Sierra Canyon
Brandt is “committed” to Stanford, but he committed last summer when David Shaw was still at the helm. Now that Shaw has been replaced by Troy Taylor, all bets are off. He’s a 3-star, the #51 defensive lineman, and #453 overall. Brandt took an official visit to Michigan this month, and the Wolverines now hold a 2-to-1 advantage in crystal ball picks. It appears likely that he will end up sending in his National Letter of Intent to the Wolverines on Wednesday.
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Nyckoles Harbor – TE – Washington (DC) Archbishop Carroll
Harbor could be the jewel of Michigan’s class . . . or he could be a giant letdown. At 6’5″ and 225 lbs., Harbor is a world class-level sprinter who wants to participate in the Olympics. Originally thought to be a defensive end/outside linebacker, he now has his sights set on playing more of a flex tight end role, because he doesn’t want to add the bulk that would be necessary to play an edge position on defense. He’s ranked as a 5-star, the #1 athlete, and #19 overall. Nobody seems to have great insight into where he will end up, but LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, and South Carolina are all in the mix to some degree, but some recent reports suggest it’s down to Oregon vs. South Carolina.
Jamel Howard – DT – Chicago (IL) Marist
Howard is a 6’3″, 320 lb. nose tackle who was considered to be leaning toward Michigan prior to the early National Signing Day. A former Wisconsin commit, he pushed back his signing to February. While Michigan still holds the crystal ball lead (60%) as of this writing, nobody really seems to think he will pick the Wolverines. He has taken visits to Illinois, LSU, and Miami in January, and it’s still possible that he could reunite with Wisconsin, despite the Badgers having a new coach in Luke Fickell. Howard is a 3-star, the #129 defensive lineman, and #1190 overall.
Jaden Booker – RB – Naples (FL) Palmetto Ridge
Jshawn Frausto-Ramos – CB – Mission Hills (CA) Bishop Alemany
Jaren Hamilton – WR – Gainesville (FL) Buchholz
Andrew Harris – LB – Altamonte Springs (FL) Lake Brantley
Michael Harris – LB – Altamonte Springs (FL) Lake Brantley
Jaeden Jackson – DT – Andalusia (AL) Andalusia
Deldrick Madison – CB – Duncanville (TX) Duncanville
Rodrick Pleasant – CB – Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra
Desirrio Riles – LB – Jacksonville (FL) University Christian
Antonio Robinson – CB – Fort Mitchell (KY) Beechwood
Devin Strange – DE – Argyle (TX) Marcus
David Vadala – LB – Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage
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