After a pair of updates within the 247Sports Composite rankings this week, Michigan running back commitment Zach Charbonnet has flown all the way up to 42nd overall in the class, continuing a rise that will give him legitimate opportunity to earn a fifth star before the end of the cycle.
With the leap, Charbonnet has now moved up a whopping 366 spots in the Composite rankings since his first ranking in August of 2017. The four-star committed to Michigan this summer over a host of programs and is widely believed to be a player who could make an immediate impact in Ann Arbor. As things stand now, Charbonnet is expected to both sign and enroll early with the Wolverines.
Despite his immense skill and the fact that he’s undoubtedly still wanted by programs across the country and more specifically on the west coast, the Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian has maintained a completely solid commitment to the staff.
“There are still some schools trying to talk with me but I’m 1,000% locked in with Michigan,” Charbonnet recently told 247Sports west coast analyst Greg Biggins. “I can’t wait to get up there and play for those coaches and for that team. Michigan was the best overall fit for me in every way possible and I’m very excited to get out there and I’ll be ready to go.”
A 6’2″/215 lb. bruiser, Charbonnet has drawn comparisons to a wide variety of running backs and has been labeled by some as one of the best running backs to come out of the west coast in recent memory. Biggins took in a game of Charbonnet’s this season and came away duly impressed with what he saw:
Charbonnet is listed at 6-2, 215 pounds but looks closer to 225 pounds right now and is absolute load. He runs as hard and as physical as any back to come out of the SoCal region in a long time and still maintains the quickness and top end speed to run away from a defense.
It’s cliche to say but he imposed his will in this game and took it over from a physicality standpoint. He had a few long runs but most of his yards came after contact and the first man in never took him down. They say a mark of a great back is picking up yards when there isn’t much there and that was Charbonnet.
His ability to make something out of nothing, take a pounding but not flinch and look even stronger in the 4th quarter than he did in the 1st really makes him special. His game translates really well to the college level and there is no question he has the ability to see the field as soon as next year at Michigan.
The four-star is currently ranked 26th overall in the 2019 recruiting class according to 247Sports.