Michigan’s quarterback situation in the 2016 recruiting class is settled. With Avon (Ind.) four-star Brandon Peters in the fold, the Wolverines seem content taking just one passer in the class. Although Jim Harbaugh took two most years when he was coaching at Stanford, a glut of quarterbacks (junior Shane Morris, redshirt freshman Wilton Speight, and true freshman Alex Malzone, along with incoming freshman Zach Gentry and incoming transfers Jake Rudock and John O’Korn) provides enough depth that U-M can sit tight with one, and move on to the next class.
Move on the coaches have, with an aggressive approach to the rising junior class when it comes to passers of the football. U-M has offered one pro-style pocket quarterback so far in Brownsville (Ind.) four-star Hunter Johnson, and the offensive coaches are staying on his mind.
“I’ve talked to Coach (Jedd) Fisch, he’s the one recruiting me, he’s the coach,” Johnson said. “I called Coach Fisch and Coach Harbaugh last week before school. I wanted to just kind of check in and say hey, let them know I’m still building a relationship with them.”
U-M has also offered a pair of dual-threat quarterbacks. Although Harbaugh has been known for a pro-style offense in previous stops, he’s also favored quarterbacks who have mobility in addition to passing acumen (including now-Indianapolis Colts starter Andrew Luck, who ran for 957 yards in three years at Stanford, and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who averaged 525 yards on the ground in each of his three seasons as a starter under Harbaugh).
Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Valor Christian dual-threat Dylan McCaffrey is the son of former All-Pro wide receiver Ed McCaffrey whose older brother, Christian, is a running back at Stanford who strongly considered U-M for the 2014 class. Denton (Texas) Guyer four-star Shawn Robinson is a truly elite runner, but has the arm to get the ball downfield, as well.
If Michigan is looking for one of each style of quarterback – a passer who can move, and a runner who can pass – some of the best prospects in the country have already been identified by Harbaugh and his staff. If they decide for just one quarterback in back-to-back classes – unlikely given Harbaugh’s history – they’ll have their pick of either style.
Tim Sullivan is the Football Recruiting Editor of The Wolverine magazine and TheWolverine.com. He is also a contributor to national football recruiting coverage on the Rivals.com network. You can follow him on Twitter @TimS_Wolverine.