Michigan Football Recruiting: Can Wolverines Land Five-Star Lineman?

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We are in the heart of recruiting season, and things have heated up quickly for the Wolverines. Michigan football has received three commitments in the past week and is continuing to gain momentum for other top recruits, including five-star offensive lineman Andrew Babalola.

Arguably the top target on Michigan's board, Babalola is an elite talent out of Kansas and is a rare case of a five-star who is legitimately willing to pass on huge NIL deals to find the right school. Being an offensive lineman, Sherrone Moore and Michigan football obviously have tons to sell to Babalola.

This is a unique battle, as the general sense is that this one is between Michigan and Stanford. Clearly, Babalola values education at a premium. Luckily for the Wolverines, Michigan boasts an education similar to Stanford, and is the superior football program.

Michigan football had a great official visit

Stanford is the perceived leader and holds all of the predictions for Babalola currently, but the Wolverines did a great job with his official visit this weekend and have put themselves into a position to seriously compete with the Cardinals.

Babalola already visited Stanford and will wrap up his visits with a visit to Oklahoma next weekend. Following that visit, he is expected to announce his commitment. Michigan getting him on campus after Stanford is obviously huge. While it's scary that a local school with good NIL is getting the final visit, it still feels like this is a Michigan vs Stanford battle.

Sherrone Moore can sell Babalola on being the best on and off the field, and his connection to the state of Kansas certainly helps Michigan football. It really feels like Michigan knocked this visit out of the park. If it can maintain momentum through the Oklahoma visit, this will definitely be one to watch.

Babalola is the only recruit currently ranked as a five-star that Michigan is a serious competitor for. While some guys could certainly move up in the rankings, landing Babaloa would be absolutely massive for a program that just won a national championship with only two five-star recruits.

Michigan has been badly missing the top-tier talent in these recent recruiting classes. Babalola would be a huge land and would give the Wolverines the momentum to possibly finish with a top 5-10 class in the country. While this one is definitely too close to call at the moment, you can bet that Sherrone Moore is going to put everything he has into landing Babalola.


Keep an eye out for any updates. Go Blue.