Michigan Football: Breaking down slew of Wolverine commitments

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Michigan Football has been on a roll recruiting since the win over Ohio State and the momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon. 

Having a season like Michigan football has had and notching a signature win as the Wolverines did last Saturday, is always the sort of thing that helps with recruiting.

And despite missing out on five-star 2022 target Domani Jackson, the Wolverines have obvious momentum on the recruiting trail which grew with two commitments on Wednesday.

Michigan football fans just got done watching Aidan Hutchinson dominate Ohio State last weekend and the Wolverines just added a long pass-rushing defensive end to their 2022 class in Ethan Burke.

Burke is 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, and out of Austin, Texas. Jim Harbaugh personally called to offer the pass rusher back in November, following a high school season that saw him register 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

While he’s not ranked in the 247 sports composite rankings right now, Burke is ranked 42nd among EDGE players according to 247 sports own rankings, and got offers from Nebraska, Utah, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Kansas State all in the last month or two.

But after taking his visit to watch Michigan football beat Ohio State — especially with the way the pass rush dominated — how could he pass that up?

In the end, he didn’t and it’s a nice addition to the 2022 class, which now has 19 commitments overall. According to the On3.com consensus rankings, Burke is a top-500 prospect and with the way, a number of other Wolverines have gotten bumps this cycle, I’d trust the evaluation.

It’s also why I would be excited but Burke is a long pass rusher that will fit perfectly into what Michigan football wants to do on defense. He’s got good lateral quickness for being so long and while it’s a stretch to compare him to Aidan Hutchinson, he’s that sort of player.

You can see him playing standing up as an outside linebacker or in a three-point stance. He’s going to need refinement, but he has the chance to be real diamond in the rough.