After long delay between commitments, Michigan lands verbal pledge from 4-star OL out of IMG Academy
Quite some time had passed between commitments for Michigan, but on Wednesday afternoon, the Wolverines received some great news on the recruiting front.
Four-star offensive lineman Greg Crippen announced on Wednesday that he is committing to Michigan, becoming the third player in the Wolverines’ 2021 recruiting class. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound guard will come to Ann Arbor from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Crippen made his announcement on Twitter.
“Thank you to all the coaches who have recruited me throughout this difficult process,” Crippen wrote. “I would proudly like to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at The University of Michigan! Thank you Coach Harbaugh, Coach Warinner, and Coach Brown and the entire staff for truly believing in me since my freshman year of high school.”
Crippen is ranked as one of the top 300 players available in the 2021 recruiting cycle, ranked No. 222 overall. He’s also listed as the No. 11 offensive guard in the class, as well as one of the top 40 players out of Florida.
Until Crippen’s commitment this week, Michigan had not received a pledge in over 10 months, with the last commitment coming in May 2019 from pro-style quarterback J.J. McCarthy — a five-star talent.
Though Michigan’s recruiting class is small, all three commitments are either four- or five-star players. Along with Crippen and McCarthy, Michigan received a pledge from four-star offensive tackle Giovanni El-Hadi, who’s ranked as the No. 71 player overall in the class.
Right now, Michigan’s 2021 class ranks eighth in the B1G and 21st nationally.