Top Michigan recruits react to D.J. Durkin's move to Maryland
D.J. Durkin did a couple of things quite well during his one year in Ann Arbor.
There was no doubt that the guy who led one of the top defensive units in the country could coach. Also valuable was his ability to recruit. Durkin helped land Michigan’s sixth-rated 2016 recruiting class.
With the news that Durkin will take the Maryland job, however, that could’ve been in jeopardy. But much to the delight of Michigan fans, the initial reaction to the news was positive.
Four-star defensive tackle Jordan Elliott, who just committed to the Wolverines over the weekend, tweeted this following the news of Durkin’s pending departure.
This don't change a thing 〽️
— ChadTough〽️ (@XCV____) December 2, 2015
Four-star defensive end Ron Johnson agreed with Elliott’s notion.
— 7⃣ (@RonJohn24) December 2, 2015
And ESPN recruiting expert Tom VanHaaren also reported that he didn’t sense anyone jumping ship with the news.
I'll have a full post up later today, but most reaction I've gotten from Michigan commits is they are still committed and comfortable….
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 2, 2015
For a program like Michigan, that’s still trying to re-establish consistency, that’s obviously a good sign.
Under Durkin, the defense finished fourth in total yardage allowed, a number which would’ve been much better had it not been for a 42-13 loss to Ohio State in the regular-season finale.
The question for the Wolverines will be how much of a hit they take losing Durking along with key defensive players like Joe Bolden and Desmond Morgan.
At the very least, it doesn’t appear that they’ll lose any incoming talent.