Michigan football: Recruiting analyst talks 5-star QB Bryce Underwood

Michigan football is in the mix for five-star quarterback recruit Bryce Underwood, but one prominent analyst doesn't see Underwood ending up with the Wolverines.

Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood throws downfield during first-half action in the MHSAA
Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood throws downfield during first-half action in the MHSAA / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK

The big focus right now for Michigan football and its fans is the Rose Bowl matchup coming up against Alabama next Monday.

Michigan football will be aiming for its first-ever berth in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. However, it will require beating Alabama. And in terms of five-star recruit Bryce Underwood, Michigan might also have to beat out Alabama.

Underwood is the No. 1 quarterback and top-ranked overall recruit in the 2025 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. He's also from Belleville, Michigan. Underwood has taken numerous visits to Michigan, but LSU has been seen as the recent favorite according to the crystal ball projections from 247 Sports, as well as the On3 prediction machine.

Michigan football has been trying to make up ground but it's been difficult. The Wolverines, for one, don't do pay-for-play as NIL, which Alabama and LSU have no problem doing. Plus, there are rumors about Jim Harbaugh going to the NFL after this season, plus Carter Smith, a four-star quarterback has already committed to U-M in the 2025 class.

Where Michigan football stands with Bryce Underwood

In terms of where Michigan football stands right now, following a recent visit to Alabama for Underwood, here's what Chad Simmons, a national recruiting analyst for On3.com, said about Michigan in the recruitment of Bryce Underwood.

“Bryce Underwood is an interesting one, being a 2025 prospect. I think he threw a wrinkle in things when he visited Alabama right before the dead period. Could Alabama become a team that pulls ahead late to land him on Jan. 6? Based on what i’m hearing, I still lean toward LSU being the frontrunner. I think a decision has been made, but that could obviously still change ahead of his announcement. There’s still communication with multiple schools — Michigan, of course, is involved. You never can count out Alabama, but on my side of things, his name is still connected with LSU the most.”

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That doesn't sound great for the Wolverines, so I wouldn't expect good news with Underwood next month when he announces his commitment.