Michigan football flipped Jo’Ziah Edmond on Tuesday from Purdue and it was a huge pickup for the 2024 class. Here are three thoughts.
After Aaron Scott chose Ohio State over Michigan football, I said that the Wolverines needed to expand their board but that I also trusted Steve Clinkscale.
Clink is one of the best recruiters and coaches in college football and he proved it once again this week as he played a key role in Michigan football flipping the commitment of Jo’Ziah Edmond.
According to EJ Holland, Edmond, a former Purdue pledge, camped at Michigan in June and really impressed the Wolverines then. The Wolverines waited until after Scott announced for Ohio State and it’s clear that they have been waiting to move on other targets.
There’s a ton to like about Edmond. He’s 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, and played cornerback, as well as multiple other positions in Nappanee, Indiana. Edmond is ranked No. 723 overall in the 247 Sports composite rankings, as well as the No. 65 cornerback in the 2024 class overall.
Here are three thoughts on this commitment and a big-time flip for the Wolverines. It’s the 27th commitment for Michigan football and the first cornerback.
This was much-needed for Michigan football
The Wolverines needed some cornerbacks and they got a diamond in the rough in Edmond. Watching his highlights — I really like his ball skills and over the past two seasons, he has intercepted seven passes including five as a junior.
I also like that Edmond is just an athlete playing football. You see him running the ball from the quarterback spot and those are the kinds of players you want on your team.
Ryan Walters at Purdue is a really good defensive coach and to take Edmond away from the Boilermakers is a good get. It also shows that Clink always had a plan — he was just waiting on Scott’s commitment to execute it.
Wolverines counting on development again
Of course, Edmond isn’t as polished as someone like Scott or Bryce West. But he’s got lots of raw ability and Clink is the perfect guy to get it out of him.
I still don’t think Clink gets enough credit for his role in the turnaround the past two years, not just on the field, but with recruiting in the state of Michigan and Ohio.
This is one that the Wolverines really worked to identify though and they kind of kept their interest under wraps which was also impressive.
There’s work to be done still, but Edmond is a good start at the position for the Wolverines who really needed a commitment on the board and got one with lots of upside.
Edmond was the second recruit to announce a commitment to Michigan football on Tuesday. Defensive lineman Bobby Kanka pledged in the 2025 class, while Edmond joined the 2024 class which now has 27 commitments and 20 blue chips.
Jeremiah Lowe is another three-star cornerback that started trending with expert projections on Monday, so it seems like Michigan football is making a push there too. The Wolverines also offered a Michigan State cornerback commit, so there are some options.
But this is a positive development. Edmond is a player that has starter potential down the road. He’s a big athlete playing cornerback and once Clink is able to coach him up, my guess is that he’ll be a multi-year contributor.