What’s next on defense for Michigan football?
Assuming Michigan earns the commitment of Jeremiah Lowe, Michigan will be relatively set on defense. There will be one big target remaining in Zaquan Patterson. Michigan continues to build momentum in the race for Patterson, and it wouldn’t be shocking at all to see Michigan win out.
Patterson visited unofficially for the BBQ at the Big House and was the only uncommitted 2024 prospect there. He got to spend tons of time with his potential teammates and was accompanied by 2025 commit and current teammate Chris Ewald Jr. Ewald has done a phenomenal job recruiting on Michigan’s behalf, and he has kept Michigan in this race.
Patterson doesn’t have a set timeline for his recruitment but is planning on visiting for The Game on November 25th if he takes his recruitment into the season. That would bode very well for Michigan, and that looks more likely than Patterson committing within the next couple of weeks.
Outside of Patterson, Michigan will continue to shoot for the stars. I think Michigan will stay in contact with five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott, and they’ll look to poach top commits on struggling teams as they always do.
Something to monitor closely is Ohio State and Ryan Day. There were many who were calling for his job after the loss to Michigan last season, including some in high places. While he likely bought himself more time by almost beating Georgia, another loss to Michigan will put Day firmly on the hot seat.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Day take an NFL job either if those with power begin to lose faith in him. I’d expect Michigan football to poach some Ohio State commits if that were the case. While it’s unlikely, it’s definitely within the realm of possibility. Especially given that Ohio State is breaking in a new quarterback.
Michigan will continue to shoot its shot with the best of the best in 2024. With the class nearly full, Michigan can afford to delegate its time toward elite targets. You love to see the staff shooting for the stars.
Whether or not they’ll land any of them is up for debate. But as long as Michigan football continues to have success on the field and grows its NIL, they’re going to be able to compete. Michigan’s in a great spot, and I expect this class to become better as the year goes on.