After picking up a commitment from three-star defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour, the Michigan Wolverines lost the commitment from another three-star defensive lineman, Rashad Weaver.
In a message on Twitter in the ever-popular Apples Notes app among recruits, Weaver said that he chose to de-committ after not hearing from the staff, and then being informed by Jim Harbaugh that there was a 50/50 chance that he would or wouldn’t have room for him come National Signing Day in February.
— ▲Shad▲ (@R_Weaver80) January 26, 2016
Harbaugh’s offer of a preferred walk-on opportunity or going to prep school rubbed Weaver the wrong way, and rightfully so. That doesn’t even come close to healing the wound you just created. But the biggest gripe is that Michigan hasn’t been upfront with recruits.
They are absolutely allowed to recruit kids that they believe are better for their program, but it’s a bad look when you keep a kid in the dark about his status, when he’s making the biggest decision of his life in choosing his future school.
Now, Weaver is left scrambling to make this huge decision with National Signing Day just around the corner, on February 3. While this does go on in the recruiting process, timing is everything, and Jim Harbaugh and Michigan have put this kid in quite the predicament. He now has very little time to take visits to other schools, after being committed to the Wolverines for over seven months.
And yes, while Michigan is not the only program doing it, it still doesn’t make it right.