Michigan Football: More progress at LB recruiting for Wolverines

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Chris Partridge has made a positive impact on Michigan football recruiting since his return and here’s more positive news about linebackers. 

Like every offseason, Michigan football has some movement when it comes to assistant coaches and so far, it looks like both moves have been a win.

Kirk Campbell is killing it with the quarterbacks after taking over for the fired Matt Weiss. He’s improved Michigan’s standing with 2025 No. 1 QB Bryce Underwood and the Wolverines are now trending for the commitment of 2024 five-star QB Jadyn Davis.

Things have also been going well for the Wolverines when it comes to linebacker recruiting in the 2024 class under new linebackers coach Chris Partridge, who took over for the departed Chris Helow.

Partridge was always a damn good recruiter. Michigan football fans will remember some of his wins during his previous stint with the Wolverines and so far, he’s making a positive impact on linebacker recruiting.

More good signs with linebacker recruiting

Aaron Chiles has been a top priority for Michigan football and he was even before Partridge took over. There was some concern about the Wolverines standing after the change of coaches since Helow was the primary recruiter but Partridge has done a stellar job.

He was able to connect with Chiles and his family. He took a visit to Michigan football this spring and the Wolverines will get one of the four official visits he has set up for June.

In fact, Michigan football is going to get the final official visit, which feels like a good sign. The On3 prediciton machine and the 247 sports crystal balls also heavily favor the Wolverines.

Another linebacker that Partridge is making headway with is 2024 four-star Qua Birdsong, who is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds out of Georgia. He’s also ranked 174th overall in 2024 according to the 247 sports composite rankings and after just getting an offer this month from Michigan football, the Wolverines made his top five.

Miami, Arkansas, UCF, and Cincinnati are the other teams in the top five. It feels like a winnable recruitment for the Wolverines and much of it is thanks to Partridge. Arkansas is the only program in his top five to get a visit yet according to On3.com.

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Cincinnati is expected to get an official visit in June and that’s the next step for Michigan football — to get the four-star linebacker on campus. However, Georgia Tech is the leader according to the On3 prediction machine and the Yellow Jackets didn’t make the top five, so it feels wide open and with Partridge making headway, it’s a recruiting battle U-M can definitely win.