Michigan’s 2016 class just gained another open spot.
Rashad Weaver, a defensive end from Cooper City, Fla., who committed to Michigan last June, announced tonight on Twitter that he is no longer a part of the class after U-M wouldn’t promise him a spot.
“Decommit…” he began in a text passage posted tonight.
After saying he had been committed for seven months and “receiving little to no contact with the staff,” he was told by coach Jim Harbaugh there was only a 50/50 chance there would be room for him in the class on Feb. 3, National Signing Day.
“So I was basically a plan B. And I know within myself that I am not a plan b player,” Weaver wrote.
His departure takes the Michigan class down to 24 commits after it had grown by one from New Jersey defensive tackle’s Michael Dwumfour’s commitment this morning.
Weaver wrote he was offered a preferred walk-on spot or to go to prep school for a year but he said he has other Division I offers — he has visited South Florida and Temple this month on official visits.
After he announced his decommit on Twitter, Weaver caught wind of people bashing Harbaugh. The high school senior came to the football coach’s defense.
“Harbaugh is not garbage or trash like u guys are calling him. It his team and he knows what he is doing,” Weaver wrote.
Harbaugh is not garbage or trash like u guys are calling him. It his team and he knows what he is doing.— Rashad Weaver (@R_Weaver17) January 26, 2016
@R_Weaver80 And no shots were taken at Michigan. Just put in my letter what I was told.— Rashad Weaver (@R_Weaver17) January 26, 2016
He joins a long list of players that were in this Michigan class at one point but are no longer: Maryland cornerback Sir Patrick Scott, Illinois tackle Erik Swenson, California athlete Victor Viramontes, Farmington linebacker David Reese, Southfield running back Matt Falcon and Maryland linebacker Dele Harding.