Michigan Football trending for key in-state recruit Jacob Oden

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Michigan football is trending as the favorite for 2024 in-state target Jacob Oden, who is set to announce his commitment on Thursday. 

Michigan football fans have been looking for some good news on the recruiting trail and they are going to get some this week in the 2024 recruiting class.

In-state target Jacob Oden, who is ranked in the top 200 overall (No. 160) and fifth in the state of Michigan via the 247 sports composite rankings, is trending in a big way toward a commitment to the Wolverines following some recent visits.

There were already some crystal ball projections and other expert picks for Oden to land at Michigan but Steve Wiltfong has joined the mix and a slew have come this week.

Now, we know why the crystal balls are coming in at a rapid rate and that’s because Oden is ready to announce a commitment as he posted this on Twitter on Tuesday.

Michigan football is the favorite for Jacob Oden

Oden announced his commitment date and released a final top five that includes Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Iowa. Oden is a 6-foot-1, 188-pound athlete who’s expected to be a defensive back for Michigan football.

Colorado, Wisconsin, and Illinois have all added offers to Oden this month, but the recruit from Harper Woods, Michigan, has visited Michigan football a total of eight times.

Nobody else has hosted Woods more than four times. Notre Dame has the second-highest number of visits but the Irish aren’t even a finalist, which is why the On3 prediciton machine also has Michigan football as the heavy favorite (95.7 percent chance).

Oden would be the sixth commitment in the 2024 class and the Wolverines have gotten off to a strong start with four of the first five pledges rating as four-star recruits. Ted Hammond, who was a three-star when he committed, has also been upgraded.

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Oden would be the highest-rated commit in 2024 and landing the fifth-ranked player in the state of Michigan would give the Wolverines some real momentum. They are rolling in the state of Ohio and it would be great to once again keep one of the best players from Michigan, in Michigan.