Michigan football is already after four-star running back Donovan Edwards in 2021 and now U-M is pushing for his teammate in the 2022 class Dillon Tatum.
It’s not a big secret that Michigan football has a solid relationship with the high school football program at West Bloomfield. At the very least, it’s clear that former Wolverine Ron Bellamy is churning out players worthy of the Wolverines attention.
Michigan football added Makari Paige and Cornell Wheeler from West Bloomfield in the 2020 class and four-star running back Donovan Edwards is clearly a top target in the 2021 class.
At one time, Michigan was viewed as the odds-on favorite to land Edwards, but now, with Ohio State making a push, it feels like things are much more up in the air.
While getting a commitment from Edwards will remain a priority, Michigan football is also focused on his teammate, which is 2022 running back Dillon Tatum, another talented running back prospect.
Tatum, who is 5-foot-11, already holds 19 offers and has already taken a visit to Michigan. He also has offers from Florida and Michigan State, which are two teams that have offered him just in the last two months. Tatum said Michigan was recruiting him hard, along with the Gators and Irish, but he said that the Wolverines offered him the chance to play corner or running back, sort of like Jabrill Peppers.
Here’s what Tatum told The Michigan Insider ($):
“I have to call them because they can’t call me, but I call coach Jay Harbaugh and Coach Zordich I’m really cool with too. They say they really like me on both sides of the ball and I could play cornerback if I wanted to, safety, running back, they said I could be like Jabrill Peppers coming through on both sides.”
The position Michigan recruits Tatum at could depend on Edwards, his teammate. Right now, the Wolverines are set at running back for the near future with Zach Charbonnet, Hassan Haskins and Blake Corum all either sophomores or freshman.
If U-M was able to get Edwards, the No. 2 running back in the 2021 class, that would add to the depth even more and could give the Wolverines more flexibility to possibly play Tatum on defense.
Regardless, Tatum will likely be one of the top prospects in the state for the 2022 class and that alone, should make him a priority target, which at this point, he appears to be.