Michigan picks up a viper commit from Cincinnati. Sea mammals uninvolved.
It's one of those weekends.
Michigan added their second commit of the day and fifth of the week when four-star Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian running back Zach Charbonnet announced his pledge on Twitter. Charbonnet was among the many prospects on campus this weekend and the official visit led to him choosing the Wolverines over offers from UCLA, USC, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and many others. It's not too difficult to see why so many power programs were in pursuit after watching his junior highlights, or even the first few plays on it:
All three recruiting sites list Charbonnet as a four-star; 247 is the most bullish, ranking him ninth among running backs and inside the top 250 overall, while Rivals (#20 RB) and ESPN (#26 RB) have him outside their respective top 300s for now.
A full Hello post will go up early this week. Here's a teaser provided by 247's Barton Simmons:
"Zach Charbonnet out of Oaks Christian in California caught my eye," Simmons wrote. "He’s got the prerequisite production having topped 2,000 yards as a junior against elite competition. At first glance a 11.2 100 meter time in track may restrict him from that elite future first rounder tier until you realize that Saquon Barkley and Rashaad Penny had similar track times in high school. His listed height at 6-foot-2 can be seen as a positive or a negative. Certainly he can carry the big back label but considering the ‘busts’ of Ty Isaac and Chris Warren, the late-round brand on Bo Scarbrough and the still-pending fate of Jalen Hurd, is a 6-foot-2 frame too big? Turn on the film and I see great feet, suddenness and twitch out of Charbonnet and I lean towards optimism on his trajectory."
Charbonnet is the 13th commit in the 2019 class, which ranks 15th nationally and second in the Big Ten.