Michigan Wolverines On Wednesday, on Early National Signing Day, the University of Michigan received National Letters of Intent (NLI) from four of the top 23 high school football seniors in the state of Ohio, according to rankings provided by 247Sports.
Michigan Wolverines sign 4 of Ohio’s top high school football seniors
Jordan Marshall, who named Mr. Football in 2023, was the best player in the state of Ohio.
The running back for Archbishop Moeller is currently listed as the fourth best player in Ohio’s 2024 recruit class. While playing in 13 games this season, the four-star prospect rushed for 1,554 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. He also caught 30 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns, which contributed to the Crusaders’ advancement to the semifinals of the Division I state championship.
The Wolverines also signed two players, Luke Hamilton of Avon and Ben Roebuck of St. Edward, to assist in blocking for Marshall. Both individuals are defensive players.
— Jordan Marshall (@J_MARSH2024) December 20, 2023
Avon was able to advance to the state playoffs with the assistance of Hamilton, who is a four-star prospect and stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 290 pounds. Hamilton is listed as the No. 12 player in Ohio and is the best offensive lineman in the state.
Its great to be a 〽️ichigan Wolverine!! pic.twitter.com/DiqY3OERuJ
— Ben Roebuck (@Benroebuck75) December 20, 2023
Furthermore, Roebuck is listed as the No. 23 player overall in the state of Ohio, making him the second-highest ranked offensive tackle in the state. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound tackle’s contributions to the Eagles’ success in winning three consecutive OHSAA Division I state titles were essential.
Also, defensive lineman Ted Hammond, who played for St. Xavier, was signed by Michigan. Last year, the lineman who stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 260 pounds made 38 tackles for the Bombers. There is a three-star recruit who is currently ranked as the 18th best player in the state.
Every single one of these four players was selected to the first team of all-Ohio in their respective divisions. Marshall was chosen the co-Offensive Player of the Year in Division I, along with Mr. Football, while Hamilton was named the co-Offensive Player of the Year in Division II. Both of these awards were given to different players.
In South Florida, the University of Miami was successful in recruiting a talented group of athletes, which included four players from St. Thomas Aquinas High School High School.
“It’s very exciting to stay home and play for the U, it’s everyone’s dream growing up, to represent this city, and I’m very happy to be able to do that,” said Jordan Lyle, one of the Raiders who will be joining the Hurricanes. “It’s a dream that everyone has for themselves.”
Wayne McCoy, a senior at Miami Central Senior High School, was claimed by Florida State. On Wednesday, the Rockets sent five players to programs that are part of the Division One level. One of these players decided to announce his school of choice on ESPN.
At the highest level of college football, four players from American Heritage School had the opportunity to compete.
The Patriots player Xavier Lucas, who is going to Wisconsin, said, “It hasn’t been easy, but I got through it.” Lucas is going to Wisconsin.
It is incredibly satisfying because you worked for it, and it feels good,” said Jimmy Williams, who signed with Louisville. “Grinding to be in the position, and it’s pretty satisfying because you worked for it.”
In addition to their natural abilities, the players who accepted scholarship offers had to put in a lot of effort in order to reach this level of success.
After signing with the University of Missouri, Nick Rodriguez, a player for St. Thomas, said, “You gotta work them days that some people may not want to work, might not want to wake up, and we’re over here grinding at five a.m., out there working.” Rodriguez was referring to the days when some people might not want to work or wake up.
Eleven players from St. Thomas were recruited by programs in Division One.
The words “So guys, we love you, we appreciate you, and we’re looking forward to seeing you do great things above and beyond the football field” were spoken by Coach Roger Harriott to his players.
James Madison, a receiver, was a member of this group. Madison, who had previously played for the Missouri Tigers after leaving his hometown of Kansas City to play in Fort Lauderdale, is now returning to the Missouri Tigers after gaining great experience at St. Thomas.
“I was able to take away a lot of things, being at St. Thomas, you know, perseverance is probably the best trait any man can have because life’s gonna throw a lot of things at you, but at the end of the day, it’s really about how you respond to it, and I’m only 18 years old, it’s gonna be a lot more things that I got to go through,” James said.
“This is something that he wanted to do, play in Florida, ever since he was a little kid because he wanted to be among the best of the best,” Mary Madison, James’ mother, said. “He wanted to be among the best of the best.”