Outlook on Michigan football RB Recruiting With Tony Alford

In this article, I examine the recent hire of Tony Alford, and what that will mean for Michigan football recruiting, looking at some updated targets for the Wolverines.
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Marquise Davis (OH)

Last but not least, we have Marquise Davis. Of all the recruitments Alford could turn the tide on, this might be the biggest. Davis, who is from Cleveland, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio last year. He beat out some excellent players, including Michigan's Jordan Marshall.

Davis is currently ranked as a top 200 player, but it definitely feels like there's a lot of room for him to move up. Ohio State was the heavy favorite to land Davis before Alford's departure, but now there is some uncertainty.

Michigan football has been recruiting Davis hard, and it seems like they're only going to turn up the intensity now. Davis visited Michigan for The Game in November and is expected to visit this Spring. This feels like a recruitment that Michigan could find a way to win. It's going to be fascinating to watch this one unfold.


Michigan football is going to be a contender for a number of highly-ranked running backs this cycle, and that should continue to be the case. The Wolverines are a phenomenal program for running backs and should be able to sell their success quite easily.


With Alford on staff, who is almost the opposite of Mike Hart in terms of recruiting, Michigan should be able to contend for the big fish. These four running backs aren't the only ones that Alford is going to be in contact with. It'll be interesting to see how he approaches recruiting this cycle, and who he can draw to Michigan. Go Blue!