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Flint Southwestern’s Deron Irving-Bey picks Michigan

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Deron Irving-Bey

Flint Southwestern four-star defensive end Deron Irving-Bey decided not to wait – he chose Michigan on Monday.

Irving-Bey, who said previously he would announce his college choice at the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 7, instead revealed his commitment on a Landof10.com video on Monday.

"The best players in Michigan go to Michigan," Irving-Bey says in the video.

The addition of Irving-Bey follows the Michigan commitment earlier in the day of IMG Academy center Cesar Ruiz and increases the Wolverines’ 2017 recruiting class to 24 players.

Irving-Bey (6-5, 282), who chose Michigan over Michigan State, Iowa and Maryland, is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 1 defensive end in Michigan, No. 2 in the Midwest and No. 24 nationally.

There are now eight defensive linemen in Michigan’s 2017 class.

Irving-Bey joins a large group of the state’s top prospects who have pledged to the Wolverines, including five-star receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, who committed last Thursday, and four-star players, linebacker Josh Ross, safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher and cornerback Ambry Thomas.

Michigan lands Cesar Ruiz, nation’s No. 1 center