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5-star CB Stanford Samuels III picks Florida State over Michigan, other finalists

June 16, 2016

ANN ARBOR – Michigan established a connection to Charles W. Flanagan High School in Florida, but it wasn’t enough to land the school’s top 2017 recruit.

Stanford Samuels III, a five-star cornerback from Flanagan in Pembroke Pines, Fla., announced his commitment to Florida State via Twitter on Thursday afternoon. Michigan, Alabama and Georgia were the other finalists from a top four he announced in April.

In February, Michigan hired Flanagan head coach Devin Bush Sr., the father of 2016 linebacker signee Devin Bush Jr., as its defensive analyst. However, Samuels’ father, Stanford Samuels Jr., played cornerback at Florida State from 2000-03.

Samuels, 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, is the No. 3 cornerback and No. 23 player overall in the 2017 class, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings.

Michigan has 14 players committed to its 2017 class so far. That group includes a pair of defensive backs in three-star safety J’Marick Woods and three-star cornerback Benjamin St-Juste.

Michigan’s 2017 commitments

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