Michigan football recruiting: 10 prospects to watch in the 2025 class

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This time last year, Michigan had 14 appearances and a recruiting class that was ranked No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite.

Michigan's 2025 class is running on a different schedule, due in part to the major change that came with Jim Harbaugh's departure to the NFL and the emergence of Sherrone Moore as head coach. A three-month signing drought ended last month when Michigan signed four-star defensive back Nate Marshall, a top-50 prospect and Michigan's first commitment since Moore took over. The current class, which also includes four-star quarterback Carter Smith, All-State defensive lineman Bobby Kanka and tight end Eli Owens, is ranked No. 44 nationally.

Michigan saw another target off the table Thursday when running back Marquise Davis, a top-200 prospect from Cleveland, committed to Kentucky. Although Michigan's 2025 class hasn't come together as quickly as previous ones, Moore wasn't concerned when asked about the slow start.

“People make decisions when they want to make decisions,” Moore said after Michigan’s spring game. “We take commitments as they come and make sure they are the right fit.”

Here are 10 players to keep an eye on as the 2025 recruiting cycle heats up.

Avery Gach, OL

Gach, a top-250 prospect from Franklin, Michigan, will announce his selection Friday from a final group that includes Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin. He played right tackle at Groves High School and has the skills to play guard or tackle in college. He's 6-foot-3 and a skinny 290 pounds, with scope for well over 300 pounds in the Big Ten.

Gach's high school highlights show him making 90 pancake blocks as a junior, and while that number cannot be independently verified, there is ample evidence that he put defenders on the turf. He moves his feet well, has strong hands and executes his blocks confidently. As the No. 2 prospect in the state, he is a priority for Michigan this cycle.

JaDon Blair, S

Even with Rod Moore out, Michigan's safety group will be one of the most experienced in college football next season thanks to Makari Paige and Quinten Johnson. However, experience quickly wears off, and Michigan needs to replenish its talent in 2025. Blair, a top-200 prospect from Winston Salem, North Carolina, is a top target. He has a lot in common with Paige as he is a 6-4 safety who can play in the box and cover a lot of ground. He has announced plans to visit Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame in June.

Taz Williams, WR

Michigan's outlook at wide receiver changed significantly in a matter of hours on Wednesday. The Wolverines added a commitment from Youngstown State transfer CJ Charleston, a sixth-year player who should add depth and experience at a position that needs it. Later that evening, Amorion Walker announced he was returning to Michigan after spending the spring at Ole Miss.

Walker was a two-way player in high school who came to Michigan for a chance to play wide receiver. He moved to cornerback last year but couldn't secure a starting spot and then transferred to Ole Miss. Given Michigan's needs at wide receiver, offense is the logical place for him this time around.

Walker's return helps, but wide receiver is still a priority for Michigan in the 2025 cycle. Williams, a top-300 player from Red Oak, Texas, has emerged as one of the Wolverines' top targets. At 5-11, he is a speedy wideout who can take the edge off a defense. If Looney Tunes-style recruiting graphics are to be trusted, Michigan is battling Texas A&M, Penn State and USC.

Jaylen Williams, DL

Williams is another lineman from the Chicago area that Michigan is eyeing. He and Marshall attended Ann Arbor together this spring and they would make a formidable tandem in the Class of 2025. Like Marshall, Williams is listed in the 265-pound range and is suited as a defensive end or defensive tackle with the ability to stand high on the edge as needed. He is a top-250 prospect with interest from Purdue, Nebraska and Tennessee.

Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng, LB

Owusu-Boateng, the brother of former Notre Dame star Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, is a top-100 prospect who began his career at DeMatha Catholic in the Washington, D.C. area before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida. Scouting services differ a little on his measurements – On3 lists him at 6-2, while he's listed at just over 6 feet at 247 – but he's tall enough to withstand a downhill game, and quick enough to attack from sideline to sideline. He can also rush off the edge and drop back in coverage, adding to the versatility that makes him one of the most sought-after linebacker prospects in the 2025 class.

Owusu-Boateng visited Michigan in April and plans to return for an official visit in June. Georgia, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Stanford are also in the running.

Jordon Davison, RB

Michigan appeared to be in a good position with Davis, the four-star running back from Cleveland, ahead of his commitment to Kentucky this week. Where does Tony Alford turn now? Davison, a top-100 player from Mater Dei High School in California, was a target for Alford at Ohio State and visited Michigan earlier this spring. Rivals ranks him as a top-20 prospect nationally and the No. 1 running back in the class, while the other services rate him in the mid-four-star range. In any case, he is a great talent. Michigan still has some work to do, but it could be a battle between Alford and new Ohio State running backs coach Carlos Locklyn.

Dawayne Galloway, CB

Michigan pushed hard for Ohio cornerbacks Aaron Scott and Bryce West in the 2024 class, but both stayed home and signed with the Buckeyes. Maybe things will end differently for Galloway, a top-150 prospect from Columbus who isn't listed with an offer from Ohio State.

Michigan has had success recruiting young players from Ohio who were passed over by the Buckeyes in favor of higher-ranked players from other parts of the country, and Galloway could be another example. Ohio State has commitments from Devin Sanchez and Na'eem Offord, the top two cornerback prospects in the class of 2025, as well as Blake Woodby, the top-100 prospect. Michigan's cornerback class is wide open and Galloway would be a solid addition.

Michael Carroll, OL

Michigan's entire offensive staff recently traveled through Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to meet with Carroll, a top-250 prospect. He is a two-way star at Central Bucks East High School who plays as an interior offensive lineman in college. At 6-6 and over 300, he's already built like a Big Ten lineman and looks comfortable as a puller, which would make him a good fit for Michigan's offense. This could be a battle between Michigan and Penn State, although Carroll is also drawing interest from programs outside the Big Ten.

Marco Jones, Rand

Jones, a top-150 prospect from Danville, Calif., was in Ann Arbor on an unofficial visit this spring and is expected to return for an official visit in the summer. He's athletic enough to play inside linebacker in his high school at 6-5, 230 pounds, although he'll likely play more on the perimeter in college. He may need time to learn the position, but he has all the tools to be an effective pass rusher and would fit perfectly into the role Jaylen Harrell has played the last two years. Alabama, Texas and Oregon are also in the hunt.

Andrew Babalola, OL

Michigan traveled to the Kansas City area last year and brought in Andrew Sprague, a top-10 offensive tackle in the class of 2024. The Wolverines are recruiting another KC area tackle in 2025 in Babalola, a five-star prospect , which is ranked 26th in the composite rankings. His speed and innate athleticism make him one of the most promising offensive players in his class, and he will only improve as he adds to his 280-pound weight. For Grant Newsome, Michigan's first-year offensive line coach, this is a chance to make a statement in what is expected to be a fierce recruiting battle.

(Photo by Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng: Manny Navarro / The athlete)

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