Analyst: UM fans shouldn’t panic over decommitments

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan has 18 commitments in the 2017 class, and eight are rated four stars by, including quarterback Dylan McCaffrey.

The Michigan recruiting commitments keep falling, and that’s raising some eyebrows.

Three players opted to decommit from Michigan in the last two days, including Georgia’s Aubrey Solomon, one of the top defensive tackles in the nation in the 2017 recruiting class.

Solomon and defensive end / tight end Leonard Taylor, a 2018 commit from Springfield, Ohio, made their announcements on Monday.

Georgia offensive lineman Jalil Irvin hopped on the decommit bandwagon on Tuesday. Like Solomon, Irvin said he still intends to visit Michigan.

Solomon’s decision created a flap because he revealed Michigan sent him a thank-you note for attending the BBQ at the Big House, which he did not attend. He also indicated his names were spelled incorrectly.

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Allen Trieu, Midwest football recruiting manager for, said there should not be widespread concern among Michigan fans.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to panic,” Trieu said. “Whenever something doesn’t go right or there’s a decommitment, you have to reassess: ‘Is there anything we could have done?’ Part of that is figuring out how accurate the story is. Not accuracy in terms of the facts, I definitely think it happened, but, ‘Would he have decommitted anyway and how do we work on that?’”

He said having a player from the 2018 class decommit is not shocking because of the time factor. And because three players in just two days made the decision to drop their commitments, that draws attention.

“It’s a little jarring it happened at once, but it all seems unrelated,” Trieu said.

Trieu said notes sent to recruits like the one Solomon received are not produced by the coaches.

“It’s office assistants and (graduate assistants) and people who are just there to help,” he said. “I think kids, if they’re basing their decision of a commitment or non-commitment around that, I can’t say that’s good.”


Star ratings by

A.J. Dillon, RB, Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass. – Three stars

Carter Dunaway, TE, Birmingham Brother Rice – Two stars

JaRaymond Hall, OT, Oak Park – Four stars

Kai-Leon Herbert, OT, American Heritage School, Plantation, Fla. – Four stars

Joel Honigford, OT, Garaway High, Sugarcreek, Ohio – Three stars

James Hudson, DE, Toledo Central Catholic – Three stars

Chase Lasater, LB, Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla. – Two stars

Corey Malone-Hatcher, DE, St. Joseph (Mich.) High – Four stars

Ben Mason, DE, Newtown High, Sandy Hook, Conn. – Three stars

Dylan McCaffrey, QB Valor Christian High, Highlands Ranch, Colo. – Four stars

Phil Paea, DT, Berrien Springs (Mich.) High – Three stars

Josh Ross, LB, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s – Four stars

Benjamin St. Juste, CB, Cegep du Vieux Montreal – Three stars

O’Maury Samuels, RB, Los Lunas (N.M.) High – Four stars

Andrew Stueber, OT, Darien (Conn.) High – Three stars

Kurt Taylor, RB, Newton High, Covington, Mass. – Three stars

Luiji Vilain, DE, Episcopal High, Alexandria, Va. – Four stars

J’Marick Woods, S, Florence (Ala.) High – Four stars