Michigan Football: Latest buzz on 5-star corner Domani Jackson

(Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY High School Sports)New Mater Dei cornerbacks Jaylin Davies, Domani Jackson lead strong defense
(Photo: Logan Newman/USA TODAY High School Sports)New Mater Dei cornerbacks Jaylin Davies, Domani Jackson lead strong defense /

Five-star cornerback Domani Jackson has been committed to USC, but there is still talk of him pairing up with Will Johnson, who is committed to Michigan football. 

For a while, it seemed like Michigan football might have a legitimate opportunity to land five-star cornerback Domani Jackson, who committed to USC back in January.

Jackson’s dad has been a Michigan fan for a long time and there was also talk that Jackson and fellow five-star cornerback, Will Johnson, who pledged to the Wolverines back in February, wanted to play together.

Even though both recruits are committed to different schools, it’s a thought that hasn’t really gone away, especially among Michigan football fans and of course, USC fans.

Jackson took visits to Michigan (self-guided) and Johnson did the same to USC before making his decision, so you can see why fans of both programs think it could happen.

This picture trending on social media by EJ Holland of Rivals, who spent the weekend covering Jackson, Johnson and U-M commit Kody Jones, added fuel to the fire.

It’s not a big secret that Johnson, who is by far Michigan’s biggest commitment in the class of 2022, has been recruiting hard and Jackson, his close friend, is probably his top target.

And when the two were playing together over the weekend in Las Vegas, it got people talking about them teaming up again, especially after Jackson’s dad tweeted this and tagged Johnson’s dad, Deon, a former Michigan football player.

More reason for optimism?

Now, we venture into the world of Twitter sleuths. Searching for clues on social media is quite common in recruiting and while Jackson still lists himself as a USC commit on his Instagram account, his Twitter account was wiped clean of USC mentions.

His Twitter bio reads, “2022 Mater Dei High School DB Ground Zero.” Again, that might be reading too far into things, but if Johnson has scrubbed his account of all his Michigan stuff, U-M fans would likely be asking the same questions about him.

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Obviously, landing Jackson and Johnson together would be a dream scenario for Michigan football. Jackson is the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2022 class according to the 247 sports composite rankings and No. 2 among corners.

Johnson is ranked as the No. 4 cornerback in 2022, the top player in the state of Michigan, and the No. 11 prospect overall.

Johnson is 6-foot-3 and Jackson is 6-foot-1. Pair those guys with Kody Jones, who was also in Vegas and plays nickel, and it could be a frightening trio.

Maurice Linguist has already made a major impact as Michigan’s cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator and we’ll see if he, Johnson, and the rest, can sway Domani.