Michigan Football: Wolverines in position to add elite RB in 2021

Michigan football is very talented at running back already and it could only get better with the Wolverines in good shape with some elite backs in 2021.

Heading into the 2020 season, Michigan football has to be pretty pleased with what it has going on at running back.

The Wolverines will bring back Zach Charbonnet, a true sophomore and also Hassan Haskins, a redshirt sophomore after the two combined for more than 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. Charbonnet averaged 4.9 per attempt on 149 carries, while Haskins averaged 5.1 on 121.

Of course, the Wolverines learned they would be losing some experience in the backfield Thursday as Tru Wilson announced he would be leaving the program as a graduate transfer, however, joining Charbonnet and Haskins next season should be former starter Chris Evans.

Evans was basically suspended from the team due to academics but is in good standing now and is expected to return. Another big addition should be 2020 recruit Blake Corum, who is a top-200 prospect.

Corum is a perfect fit for what Josh Gattis wants to do on offense and along with Evans, he can provide a pass-catching element too. In today’s high-scoring world of college football, you can never have enough impact players and when it comes to the 2021 class and the running back position, the Wolverines are off to a good start.

According to recruiting expert Steve Lorenz of the Michigan Insider, Michigan football is going to be a factor with three top backs from 2021 including five-star Camar Wheaton. He’s the top back in 2021 and although Michigan isn’t a favorite, Lorenz expects them to be in the final mix.

Even more importantly, he reported that Michigan is in a good position with Donovan Edwards, a four-star back that just happens to be an in-state recruit from West Bloomfield. Like Charbonnet, he’s the No. 2 back in his class (2021) and is ranked 49th overall.

His scouting profile on 247 sports compares him to Alvin Kamara of the Saints and there are plenty of reasons to be high on the talents of the 5-foot-11 back. He also has 83 percent of his crystal balls trending towards Michigan.

The Wolverines have missed some key recruits in the state over the past few years, but they are in a strong spot with the third-ranked player in the state for 2021 and with their success at running back in recent years, it feels like with Edwards or someone else, U-M is poised to grab another very good back.