Michigan State trying to flip a Michigan football commitment

A Michigan football commitment will take a visit to Michigan State, plus a visit to an SEC school.
Howell defensive end Bobby Kanka has verbally committed to the University of Michigan.
Howell defensive end Bobby Kanka has verbally committed to the University of Michigan. / Timothy Arrick/For the Livingston Daily

There has been plenty of talk about the Michigan football commitment drought under head coach Sherrone Moore.

The Wolverines haven't landed a commitment under the new head coach yet. Their 2025 class only has three pledges and even though Michigan football is starting to build momentum, it's still a iittle bit concerning, especially right after winning a national championship.

Of course, rival fans will say it has to do "with the hammer" that the NCAA is going to drop on the Michigan football program, but we got another sign on Tuesday that the hammer will never drop.

I also don't think that has any connection between the NCAA investigation and the lack of commitments. It probably has more to do with the lack of pay-for play offered, as well as the new coaching staff. There are some holdovers on offense, but the defensive staff is brand new.

It takes time to get things going on the recruiting trail, especially if you aren't throwing money at players to commit. Still, Michigan football is trending up. The Wolverines are in a better position to flip a four-star Miami linebacker, plus a top-100 safety just scheduled an official visit.

Should Michigan be worried about a flip?

Yet, Michigan football has to guard against one of its commitments, Bobby Kanka, the fourth-ranked player in the state of Michigan for the 2025 class, flipping. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman is ranked 374th overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

Kanka has also scheduled official visits to Tennessee and Michigan State in June according to Allen Trieu of 247 Sports. The Howell, Michigan prospect is also visiting Michigan football for the spring game this weekend.


New D-line coach Lou Esposito has some work to do, but as long as he can build that connection with Kanka, the Wolverines should be able to hold his commitment. It's too early to panic, but you never want to see a pledge visiting elsewhere, particularly a rival like Michigan State.