Michigan Wolverines news: Elite target sets commitment date, Blake Corum close to 100 percent, and more

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In our latest Michigan Wolverines news roundup, a top Michigan football recruiting target sets a commitment date and much more. 

Hopefully, there will be some recruiting fireworks for Michigan football in the coming weeks as one of the top remaining targets in the 2024 class for the Michigan Wolverines — Gatlin Bairannounced a commitment date on Thursday.

Bair who is ranked 40th overall in the 247 Sports composite rankings out of Burley, Idaho, is set to make an announcement on August 5th. Michigan football has been one of the teams in the hotly-contested recruitment and made the top five along with Nebraska, Oregon, Boise State, and TCU.

Four of those teams got an official visit, which includes the Michigan Wolverines. Bair talked about taking an official visit to Nebraska in the fall. But now that he’s going to decide in August, the bodes well for Michigan football, which is the leader according to the On3 prediction machine.


However, there’s been few expert picks because this has been a hard recruitment to read. For one thing, Bair is taking a two-year Mormon mission so he’s really more of a 2026 recruit. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is dynamic and will be worth the wait.

Right now, he runs the 100-meter dash faster than Tyreek Hill and he’s just a junior in high school. Michigan football still has work to do. Bair is visiting Boise State when the dead period ends later this month. Oregon is solidly in the mix too.

Blake Corum says he’s 100 percent

Michigan football running back Blake Corum said on a podcast with the 33rd team that he’s close to 100 percent as fall camp approaches for the Michigan Wolverines. Here’s part of what he said via the Wolverine:

"“I’m feeling stronger than ever. I’m stronger than ever, I bulked up a little bit, but it’s that good weight. I’m feeling fast — faster than ever. It’s the old Blake, plus some. That’s what everyone’s going to get back. It’s the old Blake, plus some.”"

Corum said that he expects to be 100 percent by the time the season opener rolls around which is the most important thing and with Donovan Edwards, Michigan football can bring back Corum slowly. He’s needed more in November, December, and January than in September.

But…”Old Blake plus some” — sign me up.

Michigan Wolverines near top of Big Ten in returning talent

It won’t come as a surprise to any Michigan football fan, but if you need a reason why the Wolverines are among the favorites to win the Big Ten again, just look at their returning production.


Michigan football returns 75 percent of its offense from last season, including the quarterback, both running backs, its tight end, and a few starting wide receivers. That number is second among Big Ten teams.

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The defense returns 80 percent and that’s No. 1 in the Big Ten. Combined with the fact that Michigan football will get Ohio State at home and there’s a chance for a 3-peat.