One lost recruit and it proves costly to Michigan in the 2019 recruiting rankings – for those who take stock in rankings of high school players. But defensive end Stephen Herron Jr.’s decision to withdraw his commitment to Michigan and head west to Stanford didn’t come as a major surprise. It’s been rumored for months and young men change their minds all the time and Herron certainly earned the right to do just that.
The fifth-ranked weak-side defensive end and the 86th ranked overall player in the 2019 class from Louisville stated the reason was academic in nature.
“With a Stanford degree I realize that I could go anywhere in life and have the opportunities to accomplish so much more simply because I am much more prepared with a Stanford degree,” he told 247sports.com.
So, a Stanford degree is “much more” beneficial than a degree from Michigan? Insert your own comments here …
Herron also said this: “I’ll be playing for a coach that just received coach of the year with virtually no possibility to be going anywhere. He is an exceptional man and coach.”
Should Jim Harbaugh take that personally? Insert your own comments here …
With the loss, the “experts” dropped Michigan’s draft ranking status from fifth to ninth in the country and from first to second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State.
Speaking of ESPN, they updated its top 300 2019 recruiting list on Friday. The list includes nine players headed to Ann Arbor, including defensive tackle Mazi Smith, who leads the way at No. 27 overall.
For a more complete story on the nine Michigan recruits, check out https://www.maizenbrew.com/2018/7/21/17597732/9-michigan-commits-in-updated-2019-espn-300
For an excellent article on Michigan basketball and football recruiting, check out https://www.maizenbrew.com/michigan-football-recruiting/2018/7/23/17600378/michigan-monday-crootin-harbaugh-and-co-prep-for-bbq-beilein-takes-aim-at-new-2019-targets
For the complete ESPN list, see