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Four-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. has flipped his commitment from Michigan to Stanford, he announced Monday on Twitter.

Herron, from Trinity High in Louisville, Ky., committed to Michigan a year ago. In a lengthy explanation he shared on Twitter, Herron said his “recent acceptance into Stanford University on early decision” led to his decision to change his commitment.

He mentioned Michigan (and former Stanford) coach Jim Harbaugh, defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive coordinator Don Brown in his statement. Herron is the top-ranked player in Kentucky, according to 247Sports.

“I will forever be grateful for your support and the opportunity you afford me,” Herron wrote. “To the Wolverine fans, thank you for going above and beyond in support of my football dreams and my philanthropic endeavors – you are a class act and I will always cherish the friendships that were made!’

Michigan has 18 commitments to the 2019 class.