Elite wideout trending away from Michigan football, one DC target off the board

Four-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair is trending away from Michigan football, plus one defensive coordinator name is off the board.
Nov 10, 2022; Munich, Germany; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt during practice at
Nov 10, 2022; Munich, Germany; Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Clint Hurtt during practice at / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football got some bad news on Monday as strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert told the team that he was leaving for the Chargers to follow Jim Harbaugh.

And it seems like that news might have been connected to another bit of news which is that four-star wideout Gatlin Bair, the only target left in the 2024 class for Michigan football, has been projected to land with Oregon according to a pair of crystal balls includng one from Steve Wiltfong, the lead recruiting expert for 247 Sports.

It was probably going to go that direction anyway. Bair is from Idaho and is 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. He's also got elite speed and is Tyreek Hill fast. However, he's also going to take a mormon mission before he plays college football so he won't enroll until 2026.

Herbert was a huge recruiting tool for Michigan football and the loss of him, along with head coach Jim Harbaugh last week, is likely the reason that Bair will wind up signing with Oregon.

One defensive coordinator target off the board

One name that was being mentioned as a possible defensive coordinator candidate for Michigan football is former Seattle Seahawks DC Clint Hurtt. However, he was hired by the Eagles on Monday to be their defensive line coach.

Jim Leonhard is a name that's been brought up. I think that would be a decent hire as long as he's willing to adapt and run the same scheme Michigan football has over the past three years and based on his background, I don't think that would be an issue.


The next steps should also include locking up Steve Clinkscale and Mike Elston. Those guys have been an essential part of the coaching staff the past two seasons and losing either would be a blow.