Zaquan Patterson sets decision date; what it means for Michigan football

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A top recruit for Michigan football in the 2024 class is set to announce his commitment this week. That’s Zaquan Patterson and we analyze what it means. 

Michigan football doesn’t have many elite recruiting targets on the board in the 2024 class, but one of them is top-100 safety Zaquan Patterson.

Patterson is ranked 77th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s also ranked as the No. 3 safety and 10th-ranked recruit in the state of Florida.

The 6-foot, 185-pounder is from Miami and has also announced that he will make his commitment known on Aug. 26 (Saturday).

Michigan football is definitely in the mix. The Wolverines hosted Patterson for two unofficial visits during the summer, which included the recruiting BBQ.

Patterson doesn’t have a ton of ties to Michigan, but Chris Ewald, a 2025 commitment of the Wolverines, is a friend of his and they were at the BBQ together.

Miami was viewed as the favorite not that long ago. The Hurricanes actually have a 91-percent chance of winning his commitment according to the 0n3 prediction machine.

The Hurricanes got a couple of expert projections from Yet, that was back in June and this recruitment has shifted.

Michigan football is one of the teams that made the top five along with Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, and Florida State. But it sounds like the Seminoles are trending up and that wouldn’t be a huge shock.

As the Wolverines have seen their recruiting ranking drop in the 2024 class, Florida State’s has been on the rise.

FSU is starting to recruit like in the days of old under Mike Norvell. They also are fresh off a 10-win season, have ramped up their NIL efforts according to EJ Holland of The Wolverine, and are an ACC title contender, at least they are viewed as that in the preseason.

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According to Chad Simmons of, Florida State is the team with momentum. But Michigan and Auburn are still in the mix. There aren’t any crystal ball projections yet, so that’s something to watch as the August 26th decision date approaches.