What missing on Aaron Scott means for Michigan football

The Columbus Dispatch
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Aaron Scott is officially an Ohio State Buckeyes commitment and here’s what it means for Michigan football going forward. 

Michigan football fans were expecting Aaron Scott to choose Ohio State in the end, and he did. The Wolverines did a great job recruiting him but the in-state pull in Ohio is hard to ignore.

However, it’s still a big recruiting miss for the Wolverines who don’t have any cornerbacks committed in the 2024 class and don’t have a ton of options on the board if we’re being honest.

Scott is ranked as the 52nd overall player in the 2024 class via the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s ranked fourth in the state of Ohio State. He and Bryce West both considered Michigan football along with Ohio State.

After two consecutive wins in the series, there was some hope that Michigan would start winning more head-to-head battles with Ohio State. The Wolverines did land Jordan Marshall, one of the top players in Ohio in 2024, and a top-10 running back in the 2024 class.

There are some other blue-chip recruits committed from Ohio too, but landing Scott or West would have signaled a change in recruiting and it didn’t happen, despite the Wolverine’s best efforts.

What’s next for Michigan football?

If you look at the cornerbacks Michigan football has offered in 2024 (via On3.com) you’ll see the board is incredibly thin. The Wolverines are likely going to have to expand things and try to flip some other commitments or focus on some fall evaluations.

It’s not ideal but Steve Clinkscale will get some players. The Wolverines were in a somewhat similar situation last cycle and were able to land some talented recruits.

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All the silence in terms of predictions made it a surprise with Scott, but it shouldn’t have come as a shock. The Wolverines have been winning more games on the field and the recruiting is getting better, but it’s still not quite where it needs to be.