Michigan football is the crystal ball favorite to land Donovan Edwards, but are there reasons to worry about the top recruit left in 2021?
It’s sort of ironic that not long ago, Michigan football fans were looking at Florida State as a dumpster fire and a place where the Wolverines could flip some recruits.
But since then, things have changed drastically. Not only did the Wolverines lose to Michigan State, they also lost to Indiana and on top of that, missed out on top recruiting target Rayshaun Benny, while others appeared to question their decision.
Which makes me wonder, what this all means for Donovan Edwards?
Edwards is the No. 36 player overall in the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 3 running back, as well as the second-best player in the state of Michigan. U-M owns all of his crystal ball projections right now from 247 sports. However, that was the case with Benny too.
Could Notre Dame be a threat for Edwards?
The on-field results were enough to sway Benny to choose Michigan State and you have to believe the last two weeks have made Edwards think twice about the Wolverines, especially, when Notre Dame, another rival in the mix, is fresh off beating the nation’s No. 1 team.
And if you read this article from Steve Wiltfong of 247sports (subscription required) it makes you even more worried about the push Notre Dame is making right now.
The Irish weren’t thought to be a contender for Edwards, but they did make his top seven list and with their success on the field, their recruiting profile is trending in the right direction, just as the Wolverines seem to be going in the wrong direction.
Edwards has been hoping to take visits but now the NCAA recruiting dead period has been extended to April, so Edwards will have to make a decision soon without official visits.
He could certainly take some self-guided tours, but he has already visited Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia, so he should have all the information he needs on that front.
On top of the loses, Edwards can’t be thrilled at the way the Wolverines have run the ball and if he wants to play for a national title contender, Michigan has some work to do this season.
A win Saturday over Wisconsin would help. Just a positive finish that helps quell some of the talk about Jim Harbaugh leaving. Either way though, the Wolverines position with Edwards seems much more tenuous than it was just two weeks ago.