Michigan Wolverines news: A huge recruiting win, latest on transfer portal, and more

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Michigan football notched a huge recruiting win, plus Michigan basketball is a finalist for a transfer forward and more in our Michigan Wolveirnes roundup. 

Just in case you missed it, Michigan football fans had a reason to celebrate something that happened on the recruiting trail Tuesday as the Wolverines landed Jordan Marshall, one of the top players from the state of Ohio.

Marshall is ranked 91st overall in the 247 sports composite rankings for the 2024 class. He’s seventh among running backs and third in the state of Ohio.

Marshall is the eighth commitment total for Michigan football in the 2024 class and he’s the top-ranked recruit in a class that is fifth overall according to the 247 sports team rankings.

Michigan football has been expanding its recruiting presence in Ohio, but this is one of the first big head-to-head victories over Ohio State, for an Ohio kid, in a long time.

That makes it the biggest Michigan football commitment, in my opinion, since the Wolverines landed Donovan Edwards.

B.J. Mack includes Michigan basketball in top 10

There could be a lot of roster turnover for Michigan basketball going into next season. We don’t know what’s going to happen with Jett Howard, Hunter Dickinson, or Kobe Bufkin.

The Wolverines have already contacted some players in the transfer portal and one of them is B.J. Mack, a power forward from Wofford.

We broke down the potential fit with Mack and Michigan basketball last week, and on Tuesday, Mack, who also held a Zoom meeting with Michigan coaches last week, included the Wolverines among his top 10.

Mack is a unique player because he’s a stellar 3-point shooter, but he can also score the ball down low. He’s 6-foot-8 and could be a really good four to pair with Hunter Dickinson.

This past season, Mack shot 33 percent from 3-point range. Yet part of that was a big increase in volume. In the season prior to that, he shot 44 percent, and playing alongside Dickinson, you could imagine he would get a bunch of really good looks.

Yet, even if Dickinson left for the NBA, Mack would make sense playing with Tarris Reed too. Regardless of who is at center, Michigan basketball can’t trot out Terrance Williams or Will Tschetter as their starting four next season, so landing Mack would be huge.

Butler, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa, LSU, Xavier, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt also made the cut. It feels like a winnable recruitment for the Michigan Wolverines but they are going to need some sort of competitive NIL package.

Either way, Juwan Howard knows his roster needs to be upgraded and Mack would be a nice addition to get the makeover started.

Michigan Wolverines fall to Akron in Baseball

Michigan baseball dropped to 9-11 overall after an 11-10 loss to Akron on Tuesday in a non-conference matchup.

The Michigan Wolverines fell behind after allowing the Zips to score seven runs in the top of the third inning. Ahmad Harajli got the start but was chased off by Akron in that third inning as Michigan fell behind 9-2.

Ted Burton cracked a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to get the Wolverines within one run, but the rally would fall short. Burton and Joe Longo both had three hits in the loss. Mitch Voit also added two hits and two RBI.

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