Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Who was the "Worst Decommitment Ever"?

Submitted by Maize.Blue Wagner on January 15th, 2017 at 11:44 PM

I realize this is a morose topic a few weeks out from signing day; however, as I prepare for This Month in MGoBlog History for January 2007, I came across the news of Indiana Safey Jerimy Finch decommiting. He was a 4 star and 37th nationally to Rivals and was set to join a young, untested Michigan secondary. On January 15 he decommitted and promptly committed to Indiana, though he would sign with Florida. Brian declared this the "worst decommitment ever". In hindsight, this wasn't that big a deal. Finch was later named the biggest recruiting bust for IU in the last ten years. 

This has made me wonder if Brian's statement is still true. Finch was a highly rated player at a position of need. Given what was to come in the next few years, it probably didn't matter much one way or another. Three others come to mind since then that are probably bigger: Dee Hart, Damien Harris, and George Campbell. Hart and Campbell for what they would have meant to to the coach who recruited them. Hart was supposed to finally be the super athlete to thrive in Rodriguez's backfield. Didn't Campbell refer to himself as the "mayor" and was going to put together a magnificent recruiting class. Harris might be the biggest talent of any of these for Michigan to lose. Interestly but probably not coincidentally, all four of these guys decommitted from a coach who was out the door. 

Are there any I am forgetting? Any who could have had a bigger impact on the program or had a lot of success at another program? 

EDIT: I should have checked out Touch the Banner right away, but here's a great list of decommits and transfers

At least Damien Harris was pulling for UM over UK

At least Damien Harris was pulling for UM over UK

Submitted by guthrie on March 30th, 2014 at 8:07 PM

UK is recruiting him heavily and he appears to be interested in them beyond mere lip service.  But when it came down to it, he was pulling for UM.




After careful consideration, I've decided I'm gonna go with Michigan winning this game! #GoBlue #WeWork


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Shout out to them boys man @umichbball had a hell of a season. Tough ending for sure, but nothing to hang your heads on. #GoBlue

Sam Webb Re: Damien Harris and George Campbell Status

Sam Webb Re: Damien Harris and George Campbell Status

Submitted by BlueCube on January 24th, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Sam Webb updates the status of George Campbell and Damien Harris in the Detroit News. The status is much better for Harris than Campbell but Michigan is not out for either of them. Campbell insists Michigan's record had nothing to do with his decommitment because he feels he'd be part of the difference. The reason was that none of his family had visited Michigan and they felt he made a hasty decision. He's not sure if he will take an official visit to Michigan, but he hasn't ruled it out. He will make the decision when he has talked to more schools.

There have been other stories on Harris so I won't go into the details here. It does say that his mom feels the process will lead right back to Michigan.


Rivals 100 for 2015 Released, Campbell and Harris featured

Rivals 100 for 2015 Released, Campbell and Harris featured

Submitted by JC3 on December 9th, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The Rivals100 for 2015 has been released, and two Michigan commits are both in the top-10(!).

George Campbell- WR (#7)

Damien Harris - RB (#5)

Nice to see some positive recruiting news for the Wolverines. 

Rivals 100.\


Edit: Shaun Crawford checks in at #96 overall as well. 

UM Commit Damien Harris only had 11 carries (...but...)

UM Commit Damien Harris only had 11 carries (...but...)

Submitted by buddhafrog on September 1st, 2013 at 11:48 PM

UM 5 star 2015 commit Damien Harris was only given 11 carries this past Friday.


He gained 266 yards and 5 TD's, and came out of the game only two minutes into the second half.

Yeah.  That be crazy.  Must've ate subs.


EDIT: follow the link through to the original link, and it shows that Harris actually did even better.  Still left two minutes into the 3rd quarter but finished with 13 carries for 352 yards.  Should've played the entire game and gone for that ellusive 700-yards-in-a-game mark.

Video link from comments below: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/590626/highlights/63096376

Hahahahahahaahahahahah (now thinking about Peppers highlights also) Lolololololololololol

2015 Rivals 250 Watchlist Up

2015 Rivals 250 Watchlist Up

Submitted by gwkrlghl on August 30th, 2013 at 7:14 PM

SIAP but I couldn't find this one anywhere. I think it's new news.

Rivals put up their 250 watchlist

M commits:
Damien Harris 5* 6.1
George Campbell 4* 6.0
Shaun Crawford 4* 5.9
Tyree Kinnel 4* 5.8


Also of note:
Brian Cole 5.8
Jashon Cornell 5.9
Chuma Edoga 5.9
Hjalte Froholdt 5.8
Sterling Jenkins 6.0
Tim Settle 6.0
TJ Wheatley 5.9
Minkah Fitzpatrick 6.1

IIRC typically the breakdown of rating v stars is (edit: as pointed out below, since there's only 10 five stars right now, the breakdown is probably more like so:)
6.1 1-10
6.0 11-50
5.9 51-110
5.8 110-250