July 17, 2017
Michigan just missed out on another tight end target.
This time it was the No. 1 player at the position and one that is headed to suit up for the Wolverines’ biggest rival.
Jeremy Ruckert, a 2018 four-star tight end from Lindenhurst High School in New York, announced his commitment to Ohio State on Monday afternoon in a go-kart video. He previously released a final four of Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin and recruiting analysts considered the Buckeyes heavy favorites to land him.
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At 6-foot-5 and 238 pounds, Ruckert is the No. 1 tight end and No. 52 player overall in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. His recent performance at the Nike The Opening Finals in Oregon resulted in a ratings bump as 247Sports slots him as a five-star and the No. 11 player overall in its own rankings.
Tight end is an important position for Michigan this recruiting cycle after not signing a prospect at the position in 2017 and Devin Asiasi’s decision to transfer to UCLA after his freshman season. The Wolverines have 10 players committed to their 2018 class but not a clear-cut tight end as four-star Ryan Hayes from Traverse City West High School is projected as an offensive tackle or tight end.
Ruckert is the third top tight end target Michigan missed on since the spring. Four-star Brevin Jordan from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and four-star legacy Will Mallory from Providence School in Jacksonville, Fla., both committed to Miami in April.
Michigan will now have to concentrate on other 2018 tight ends on their recruiting board. Mustapha Muhammad, a four-star prospect from Ridge Point High School in Missouri City, Texas, visited Michigan for the spring game in April and included the Wolverines in a top 10 he announced in May. Luke Ford, a four-star prospect and former Arkansas commit from Carterville High School in Illinois, received an offer from Michigan in June and is scheduled to visit Ann Arbor this weekend, according to 247Sports.