Michigan Focused on Quarterback Recruiting for Next Few Seasons
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is focusing on recruiting top quarterbacks for the next few seasons in order to restock the team’s QB depth chart. Of the 24 commitments in Michigan’s 2023 recruiting class, it’s unlikely that any will earn the starting quarterback position at the college level. Freshman Kendrick Bell, who showed athletic prowess in high school, will most likely end up as a receiver like his brother, NFL prospect Ronnie. Junior J. J. McCarthy is healthy and entering his second season as the team’s starting quarterback, and transfer Jack Tuttle is expected to bolster the team’s quarterback room.
The Wolverines are targeting QB-centric recruiting for the next few cycles, starting with Jayden Davis from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School. Davis, a five-star quarterback from the class of 2024, attended a Michigan football camp last summer and donned a U-M towel and cleats. For the class of 2025, Michigan has begun lining up visits for quarterback recruits, including Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy’s George MacIntyre and Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal’s Kelden Ryan.
Four-star quarterback MacIntyre threw for 2,349 yards, 21 touchdowns, and four interceptions during his sophomore season as the starter at Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy. He holds almost thirty scholarship offers and received an offer from Michigan during the Florida International University satellite camp last summer. MacIntyre is the nephew of FIU coach Mike MacIntyre.
Kelden Ryan, a rising junior prospect from Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints Episcopal, has appeared in 17 games over the last two seasons at Keller (Texas) Central, completing 172 of 301 passes for 1,891 yards and nine TDs, according to MaxPreps.com. He remains in contact with new Michigan QB coach Erik Campbell and is planning to visit the university on March 18-19. Campbell sees similarities between Ryan’s game and that of J. J. McCarthy, and Ryan plans to enroll early at the university that eventually offers him a scholarship.