Michigan Football Recruiting Update: 4-Star Erik Swenson Decommits

    Michigan football recruiting update, as 4-star recruit Erik Swenson has decommitted from the Wolverines.

    January 20, 2016


    Michigan football recruiting update, as 4-star recruit Erik Swenson has decommitted from the Wolverines.


    Ohio State and Michigan have been trading shots on the recruiting trail for a long time, but things have really heated up during the past few days.

    Jim Harbaugh has made headlines everywhere with his unique recruiting tactics. He’s had sleepovers at prospects’ homes, gone to class with one, and he even climbed a tree to retrieve a ball after a game of catch went rogue. 

    But while Harbaugh has been busy building the Wolverines brand, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes have been landing physical commitments as of late. They flipped 4-star recruits Dwayne Haskins and Keandre Jones from Maryland while landing a commitment from 4-star wide receiver Binjimen Victor.

    With National Signing Day closing in — and Michigan eyeing Ohio State’s No. 1 class ranking — the Wolverines lost their longest-tenured commit in the 2016 cycle. 

    Erik Swenson, a 4-star offensive tackle from Downers Grove, Ill., who had been committed since 2013, tweeted a message out on Wednesday to announce he’d be decommitting from Michigan.

    “I would like to thank the University of Michigan community for the love and support. As you all know, I have been committed to Michigan since November 2013, and it was my full intention to play in front of you all in the Big House. God has another plan. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I am reopening my recruitment. “
    “I will not be making any further comments until I have further clarity into my future. I ask that you respect my family and I during this time.”
    “Thank you and God Bless”
    – Erik Swenson

    Swenson is the No. 31-ranked offensive tackle and No. 322 overall recruit, according to 247Sports Composite.

    Apparently his now re-opened recruitment wasn’t his idea after all. Michigan recently pulled its scholarship offer and canceled Swenson’s previously-scheduled official visit without supplying a reason, according to MLive’s Nick Baumgardner.

    Northwestern appears to be the favorite to land Swenson now.

    Maybe Harbaugh is lining things up for a strong finish. He has been working night and day to recruit the nation’s best prospects. But, regardless, it’s still a blow to the class.

    Swenson’s decommitment leaves Michigan with 23 commits in its 2016 class, but there are still two weeks until National Signing Day. Harbaugh has plenty of time to bounce back, and the Wolverines still have the No. 3 class in the nation.

    MORE: Michigan In 5-Star Athlete’s Top 7 Schools

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