Michigan football trending for 4-star running back from Ohio

Michigan football has been projected to land Ohio four-star running back Marquise Davis.
Michigan running back coach Tony Alford walks down the tunnel before the spring game at Michigan
Michigan running back coach Tony Alford walks down the tunnel before the spring game at Michigan / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Earlier this week, Michigan football head coach Sherrone Moore disagreed with a reporter when they said that recruiting was going slow. Moore talked about how the Wolverines were trying to find the right fits and now, we know what he means.

Or at least, we know why Moore felt that Michigan football recruiting isn't going as slow as some perceived it to be. That press conference came right after the Wolverines landed the commitment of top-40 overall recruit Nate Marshall in the 2025 class.

Marshall is the No. 4 defensive lineman in the 2025 class and he's just a few spots away from being a five-star. Michigan football needs to add more top-100 talents, but Marshall was a good start. An even better follow up might be landing four-star running back Marquise Davis from Ohio.

Michigan projected to land four-star running back

While NFL teams and maybe some on the college level don't value running backs like they used to, that's not Michigan. The Wolverines have had a 1,000-yard rusher in three straight seasons. Donovan Edwards is going to make it four.

Ever since Tony Alford was hired to be the Michigan running backs coach, the Wolverines' position with Marquise Davis, a four-star running back from Cleveland, has greatly improved. Davis is ranked No. 166 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The seventh-ranked player in Ohio has an offer from the Buckeyes. He's also ranked 11th among 2025 running backs.

Davis also has two crystal ball projections for Michigan football. Allen Trieu and Tom Loy of 247 Sports, who each focus on the Midwest, put in crystal balls for the Wolverines to land Davis on Tuesday. Nobody else has yet. None of the Michigan reporters, but that seems like it's by design according to this message board post by EJ Holland of The Wolverine.


I'm not sure why someone wouldn't want the crystal balls. Whether it's the player or the program none of the Michigan reporters have projected Davis to U-M yet.

Maybe it's trying to keep the lid on a silent commitment or getting ready for an announcement. You just never know, in recruiting, anything can happen.