Michigan gets first football commit for 2018 class

Michigan gets first football commit for 2018 class

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Michigan gets first football commit for 2018 class

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Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks during the "Signing of the Stars" event at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 3, 2016, in Ann Arbor.

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh speaks during the "Signing of the Stars" event at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 3, 2016, in Ann Arbor.

Less than two months since signing its 2016 recruiting class, Michigan has gotten a future commitment — for the 2018 class.

Springfield, Ohio, linebacker Antwuan Johnson announced the commitment on Twitter on Monday night.

He is the first player in U-M 2018 class, meaning he has almost two years before he can sign a national letter of intent.

At 6-feet-1 and 210 pounds, Johnson has good size for a high school sophomore and has a four-star ranking by 247Sports. He’s rated as the No. 82 player and No. 3 inside linebacker in the 2018 class.

According to 247Sports, he unofficially visited U-M on March 12 and will return for the April 1 spring game.

Johnson’s commitment has a bit of intrigue, considering his hometown. Michigan did not sign an Ohio player in the 2016 class and does not have a commitment from one in 2017. But Johnson shows that the Wolverines are still involved in the Buckeye State.

U-M coach Jim Harbaugh happened to be cruising through Ohio on Tuesday night, visiting a Toledo hospital and attending a National Football Foundation awards banquet.

Meanwhile, U-M received its sixth commitment for 2017 this morning, as Orchard Lake St. Mary’s linebacker Josh Ross pledged.

Johnson, in action:

OH 2018 Antwuan Johnson Springfield Fr Yr LB2

Contact Mark Snyder at msnyder@freepress.com . Follow him on Twitter at @mark__snyder.

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