Michigan Football: Breaking down slew of Wolverine commitments

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Zero to three in 2023

Not long ago, Michigan football didn’t have any 2023 commitments but the Wolverines have three now and they’ve all come in the past week.

While Michigan football started things off with the pledge of kicker Adam Samaha last week, Joel Starlings a four-star defensive tackle in 2023 announced his commitment Sunday and the top-300 recruit in the 247 sports composite rankings, who is 6-foot-5, 310 pounds is a big get.


Out of Richmond, Virginia, Starlings had a solid offer sheet that included Penn State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, and others.

Starling also came away impressed with Michigan football’s win over Ohio State on Saturday, but Michigan has been gaining ground since it offered and he’s a great fit for the odd front Mike Macdonald likes to use. He’s versatile enough to play in a three or four-man front.

Adding Starling is a great way to kick off the defensive haul for 2023 and the offensive side got a nice player as well to kickstart 2023 with in-state prospect Semaj Morgan.

Morgan is 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, and is an electrifying receiver. He ranks 330th overall in the 247 sports composite rankings, so right outside of being a four-star recruit in the composite.

Morgan announced his commitment in the middle of Michigan’s basketball game against North Carolina, giving the Wolverines three commitments in just a matter of days. Here’s his scouting report from 247 sports:

"“Dynamic, lightning in a bottle type of player. Camp season really highlighted his ability to create separation with his explosiveness and suddenness. Also shows good ball skills in tracking it in the air and making tougher catches. He demonstrated that in his sophomore season as well and can be a threat on jet sweeps, as a return man, and on screens with his open-field ability. Not a big guy, but has shown the catch radius and other tools to make up for that. Fits well in most of today’s wide-open offenses.”"

Morgan will get a great fit in Michigan’s offense and the even better news, is that Michigan isn’t done yet when it comes to commitments — this week.