Kareem Walker, a five-star running back from De Paul Catholic High in Wayne, N.J., announced Tuesday night that he was decommitting from Ohio State.
Walker (6-0, 210) visited Michigan last month and the Wolverines are now considered among the favorites to land Walker. He is ranked the No. 2 running back in the nation for 2016 by Scout.com.
"At this point you've got to believe Michigan is in a pretty good position just based on his relationship with the staff," recruiting analyst Brian Dohn of Scout.com said. "I would keep my eye on Arizona State, though."
Walker is expected to be an early-enrollee.
Walker issued this statement via Twitter on Tuesday night:
"It is after much consideration, thought and meeting multiple times with my family and coaches that I'm rescinding my verbal commitment to Ohio State.
"At this point the relationship has changed. I've wrestled with this for a few months and truly wanted it to work out. However, I do not think it is fair to Ohio State or myself to remain committed when my heart is telling me otherwise.
"I will be taking my visits and ultimately making a decision that will best serve me and my family. I will not be commenting any further on my recruitment until after I submit my LOI and enroll for spring semester. I need to focus on my team, my grades and my play."
Dohn said other favorites for Walker, in addition to Michigan and Arizona State, are Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi.