Four-star receiver Tarik Black commits to Michigan

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News


Tarik Black

Lose one, gain one.

Michigan added four-star receiver Tarik Black on Wednesday afternoon, hours after four-star running back A.J. Dillon announced he would be flipping his commitment from Michigan to Boston College.

Black, a 6-foot-4, 208-pounder from Cheshire, Conn., had originally planned to reveal his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but opted to announce at his school.

After a lengthy delay as the school tried to get the video equipment working to air Black's commitment video, he revealed he has chosen Michigan, although several programs, including Auburn and Alabama were in the mix.  Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh visited Black last week.

The Wolverines now have 21 commitments for the 2017 class.

It could potentially be monstrous few days for Michigan recruiting.

Top in-state recruit Donovan Peoples-Jones, the five-star recruit from Cass Tech, will announce where he plans to attend around 8:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2, while top-ranked offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson (6-7, 350), who originally planned to announce on Christmas, will reveal his decision Friday. Cesar Ruiz (6-3, 315), the No. 1-rated center from IMG Academy, plans to announce Monday. Michigan is very much in the running for all of them.

But Michigan did lose out on Dillon, a four-star from Massachusetts, who announced via Twitter on Wednesday that while he loves Michigan, being closer to home at Boston College is the better fit.

“Not everyone is going to understand or agree with my decision, I did what’s best for me,” Dillon wrote.

Dillon made an official visit to Ann Arbor last weekend, as did No. 1 running back Najee Harris.

In a lengthy statement, Dillon praised Michigan and said the program has “something very special being put together.”  He indicated being closer to home would be best for him.

“I’ll be watching when you win the next few national championships,” he wrote to the Michigan coaches, players and recruits with whom he had grown close. “I have nothing bad to say about the University of Michigan, Go Blue.”