The Michigan Wolverines were likely caught off-guard when five-star safety Daxton Hill flipped his commitment to Alabama. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t going to let Hill solidify his decision before putting in a little extra effort.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Harbaugh and his staff are continuing to recruit Hill.
247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Lorenz noted that the decision caught the team by surprise but that they won’t give up on bringing Hill to Michigan.
“It caught everyone by surprise. Since I’ve been doing this, I’d probably accurately say that’s the first time the Michigan staff found out about a kid decommitting when we all did. So, when we say this was unexpected, it was legitimately unexpected.
“If they’re still recruiting him, and we know they are, I don’t think they would be still recruiting him unless they thought there was an opportunity to pull this one back out again.”
Harbaugh has good reason to keep up the effort even with only a few days to go before the early signing period.
In 2017, Harbaugh successfully got five-star DT Aubrey Solomon to return to the fold after previously decommitting, beating out Alabama and others in the process.
Per 247Sports, Hill is the No. 8 prospect in the country, the No. 1 safety, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Oklahoma. The site’s Crystal Ball Predictions has Alabama as 50-percent likely to get Hill to enroll. Michigan was given a 31-percent chance.
The Wolverines have yet to secure a commitment from a five-star prospect, while arch-rival Ohio State already has two.