Michigan Wolverines news: A 5-star chooses Ohio State, Elias Rudolph commitment day, and more

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It was a weekend of recruiting misses for Michigan football. We cover that and more in our latest Michigan Wolverines news roundup. 

There was optimism surrounding Michigan football and five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott in the past week.

However, on Sunday, it became clear that the optimism was misguided. Many thought if Justin Scott chose a Midwestern program it would be Michigan football or Notre Dame.

Instead, Scott, the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2024 class, surprisingly committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sunday, beating out the Michigan Wolverines and others.


It was a surprise in the sense that we didn’t know when Scott was going to announce. He did just take an official visit to OSU. However, there wasn’t much buzz about the Buckeyes from the reporters and there wasn’t even an expert projection from anyone.

Yet, Scott announced his pledge on Sunday night, and it was a gut punch for Michigan football, which also missed on defensive lineman Deyvid Palepale over the weekend.

That wasn’t all either. Four-star cornerback Terhyon Nichols chose Kentucky, Jameer Grimsley committed to Alabama over Michigan football, and Georgia was able to land four-star offensive tackle Michael Uini who was projected to the Michigan Wolverines at one time.

In terms of Michigan football recruiting, it was a brutal weekend and one I’ll be happy to put in the rearview mirror.

Michigan Wolverines expected to get good news on Monday

As rough as things were this weekend, Michigan football should be getting a commitment on Monday from a blue-chip EDGE.

Elias Rudolph is a four-star EDGE (6-foot-4, 205) out of Deerfield, Florida. He’s ranked No. 291 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Ohio State was one of the teams in the mix here. But it feels like Michigan football is the clear team to beat. Rudolph has six crystal ball projections and all of them are for the Michigan Wolverines, who would be adding their 17th blue-chip recruit to the 2024 class.

Rudolph will announce his decision at 7 PM EST on the Wolverine Youtube channel.

Adam Fantilli signs with Columbus, ending career with Michigan Wolverines

In other significant news for the Michigan Wolverines, standout hockey player Adam Fantilli won’t be coming back for another season with Michigan after signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets over the weekend.

Fantilli was the national player of the year in college hockey last season and one of the top goal scorers and creators in the country. That led to him being selected third overall in the 2023 NHL draft.

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The standout could have returned for his sophomore season but is taking his talents to the NHL and we wish him the best! Go Blue!