The Michigan Wolverines’ 2022 football recruiting class is off to a hot start, with two of its four commits residing as four-star prospects and inside the top-200 nationally.
We have provided background info on each of them below (in chronological order from the newest pledge to the oldest), and will continue to update this article each time Michigan lands a new pledge.
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River Rouge (Mich.) High three-star defensive end Davonte Miles
Quick Biography: He committed to Michigan Dec. 18, serving as just the third pledge in the Wolverines’ 2022 class. Miles had 17 scholarship offers at the time of his commitment, including other notable ones from the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State and Pittsburgh.
“I feel like I wanted to stay home and help Michigan win, become that top-caliber program,” Miles told Rivals.com’s Josh Helmholdt. “They were one of my favorite programs [growing up].
“It’s a huge blessing and a dream come true.”
Miles also cited his relationship with defensive line coach Shaun Nua as one of the primary reasons for his pledge.
Rabun Gap (Ga.) Nacoochee three-star wide receiver Marlin Klein
2019 Stats: 15 catches for 335 yards and four touchdowns
Quick Biography: He pledged to Michigan on Sept. 22, becoming the first offensive commit in the Wolverines’ 2022 class.
Originally hailing from Germany, Klein chose Michigan over other notable offers from Florida State and Georgia.
Despite being listed as a wide receiver, U-M tight ends coach Sherrone Moore was Klein’s primary recruiter. The 6-6, 215-pounder cited how much Ann Arbor reminded him of Germany when explaining why he chose to pledge.
“As soon as I stepped on campus, it felt like home, and that is when I started thinking about committing,” he said. “I did not go up there thinking about doing this, but I know that I found my place.
“When I was up at Michigan, I felt like I was at home in Germany. The weather reminded me of home, and it just felt right. The campus was great, the people are nice, and Michigan is the whole package.”
Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham Browne & Nichols four-star linebacker Tyler Martin
2019 Stats: 86 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense, while reeling in three touchdown grabs on offense
Quick Biography: He committed to Michigan on Sept. 11, continuing U-M’s New England success on the recruiting trail. Martin is also a former teammate of current Michigan freshman offensive lineman Zak Zinter.
The four-star linebacker actually gave the U-M coaching staff his verbal commitment during an August phone call several weeks before he made the news public.
“It [the call] lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes and was a really good talk,” Martin recalled. “Honestly, I had no intentions of committing going into it. I had a lot of the questions that I had answered by the coaches.
“It wasn’t all football. For me, it was hearing Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and Coach [Don] Brown say they don’t always take commitments from guys this early. They said they were all in on me and committed to me.
“That was really awesome to hear.”
Essexville (Mich.) Garber four-star defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren
2019 Stats: 88 tackles, 29 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 11 sacks
Quick Biography: He committed to Michigan on Dec. 16, with his older brother, Ben, already residing at U-M as a redshirt sophomore linebacker.
VanSumeren picked up his Michigan offer in April of 2019 when he was just a freshman, with an impressive offer from Alabama eventually rolling in following his pledge to the Maize and Blue.
“I figured why wait when I know ultimately that is where I want to be,” he told Rivals.com following his commitment. “It feels incredible. I really don’t think there is any place other I’d rather be. Being the best I can be is now my focus.”
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