Michigan football gaining ground with 5-star offensive tackle Andrew Babalola

Michigan football has surged in the recruiting rankings over the past month and the Wolverine are still eyeing a five-star offensive tackle.
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June was a really good month for Michigan football on the recruiting trail. The Wolverines landed nine commitments total and eight alone in the 2025 class.

The ranking of the 2025 class for Michigan football improved immensely in June as the Wolverines went from outside the top 50 in the team rankings for the 2025 class according to 247 Sports, to inside the top 15.

What's next for Michigan football recruiting?

Things could keep moving up if the Wolverines are able to close with a few elite targets too. One of those is five-star offensive tackle Andrew Babalola. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle out of Overland, Park, Kansas is ranked 26th overall in the 2025 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Michigan football hosted Babalola for an official visit on the weekend of June 14th. He also took official visits to Auburn, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Stanford but as it stands, Stanford is the leader according the On3 prediction machine, but the lead isn't big according to Chad Simmons, a recruiting analyst for On3.com.

Simmons opined that Stanford leads Michigan football for the five-star offensive tackle, but only by an "inch or two."

“Stanford with the academics, it speaks for itself,” Simmons said via The Wolverine. “We do know Michigan, from a public school standpoint, is one of the best, if not the best in the country from an academic standpoint. Those two things really set them apart. Michigan, on the football side, is a better, consistent program with winning, competing for championships, and even developing players. Stanford does a good job of putting guys into the NFL. I think those two have the leg up on the others. Maybe Stanford by an inch or two over Michigan right now, but I don’t think he’s reached the end for a full final decision.”


The fact that Babalola hasn't made a decision yet probably bodes well for Michigan football. If the offensive tackle eyes elite academics and a blue-blood football program, than the Wolverines are the only team on his list that checks both of those boxes.