While the Michigan football contingent is hopeful for a few commitments in 2023 to close out the cycle on national signing day, Feb. 1, the Wolverines are also hoping for some continued momentum the following day, Feb. 2.
The maize and blue have long been after 2024 Harper Woods (Mich.) four-star defensive back Jacob Oden, son of former Wolverines walk-on Rod Oden, the head coach of the Harper Woods program. The younger Oden is listed as an athlete according to the 247Sports Composite, and ranks as the No. 160 player in the 2024 recruiting cycle, as well as the 17th-best athlete and fifth-best player in the state of Michigan.
On Tuesday morning, he announced that he will make his decision public on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. EST and will choose between Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa, and Tennessee.
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The 247Sports Crystal Ball points to Michigan as the choice, with eight predictions all favoring the Wolverines. However, Rivals' FutureCast is split, with five analysts and publishers favoring MSU and four publishers picking the maize and blue. The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine gives Michigan a 95.7% chance of landing the legacy prospect.
Oden is listed at 6-foot-and-a-half inches and 185-pounds. While 247Sports has him as an athlete, the other sites list him as a safety. Oden has been a long-time participant in the SoundMind SoundBody camps and has a strong kinship with current Michigan football cornerback Will Johnson, who also was a frequent participant in the camps.
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Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire