After signing two smaller speedsters at wide receiver in the 2020 class, Josh Gattis and the staff went looking for some outside targets in 2021. And they just landed one of their top targets as Northmont (OH) WR Markus Allen has committed to Michigan.
Allen is a bigger, more physical receiver than Michigan’s recent receiver signees. He’s a guy that wins with size, great hands, and crazy good body control. Doesn’t look to be much of a burner but that won’t stop him from catching a ton of balls on the outside and becoming a force in the red zone thanks to his jump ball ability. He has the skillset to become a favorite receiver for his quarterback. Another really good get and fit for the receiver room for Josh Gattis.
Allen’s been top target for the staff for months now. Out of the same school as 2019 signee DE Gabe Newburg, the staff offered in February after seeing his impressive junior tape. He quickly jumped towards the top of their wide receiver board. Though he never was able to make it to campus thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic, the staff was able to use some innovative recruiting tactics to help make the Ohioan comfortable with the program and the University.
Announcing a week before his planned announced, Allen committed to Michigan at the end of April and became the first get out of Ohio for the Wolverines since the 2019 class.
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 190lbs
- Hometown (School): Clayton, OH (Northmont)
- Notable Offers: Wisconsin, Michigan State, Kentucky, Iowa State
- Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #117 WR) – ESPN (NR)
- Composite Ranking: Three-star, #494 Overall, #83 WR, #20 in Ohio
As for the Rest of the Class
Allen is the 11th overall commitment, first wide receiver commit, and the first get out of Ohio. The staff looks to be in good shape with a couple of their other top receiver targets including WR Andrel Anthony and WR Xavier Worthy. As for Ohio, this obviously helps a ton with Allen’s teammate and fellow 2021 target S Rod Moore. Other names to watch are RB Corey Kiner and Notre Dame commit WR Lorenzo Styles.
As for who could be next? Keep an eye on OG Drew Kendall and LB Junior Colson.
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