Michigan loses a pair of four-star defensive recruits on Early Signing Day
Branden Jennings, a four-star linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood, flipped his commitment from Michigan to Maryland on Wednesday.
Wednesday is the first day of the Early Signing Period.
Jennings (6-3, 225 pounds) is considered one of the hardest hitters in the 2021 recruiting class. He had 150 tackles and 12 sacks during his senior season at Sandalwood.
Jennings is ranked the No. 16 player in Florida and the No. 7 outside linebacker nationally for 2021.
Jennings’ decision leaves Michigan with three linebackers in the 2021 class – Junior Colson of Brentwood, Tenn., Tyler McLaurin of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Jaydon Hood of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Somerville also flips
Four-star defensive end Quintin Somerville of Scottsdale, Ariz., also flipped his commitment on Wednesday, from Michigan to UCLA.
Somerville (6-1, 230 pounds) committed to Michigan in June. He is ranked the No. 4 player in Arizona and the No. 16 defensive end nationally for 2021 by the 247Sports Composite.
Somerville made 29 tackles for loss and had 7.5 sacks as a junior, and added 12 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in a shortened senior season.
Kechaun Bennett of Suffield, Conn., TJ Guy of Mansfield, Mass., and Dominick Giudice of Middletown, N.J., remain defensive end recruits in Michigan's 2021 class.