Four-star defensive end Deron Irving-Bey committed to Michigan on Monday, giving the Wolverines their second commit of the day and 24 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.
Typically, most people aren’t too fond of Mondays, but Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines are having a great start to the week.
It started when 4-star center Cesar Ruiz committed to Michigan over Auburn, Florida and North Carolina. Life got better for Harbaugh’s staff when the Wolverines added another commit four hours later.
Four-star recruit Deron Irving-Bey committed to Michigan despite having offers from Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Pitt, Tennessee and others.
Irving-Bey, a Flint, Michigan native, is ranked as the No. 24 defensive end and No. 279 overall player in the country. In a video he released via Landof10, Irving-Bey sums up his decision bluntly by saying, “The best players in Michigan go to Michigan.”
With the addition of Irving-Bey, the Wolverines now climb up to No. 2 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings, passing No. 4 Ohio State and No. 3 Oklahoma in the process. Now, Michigan is 654 recruiting points behind No. 1 Alabama for the top class in the country.
At 6-foot-5, 272 lbs Irving-Bey is an agile, athletic defender with long arms. He fires off the ball and can get up the field in a hurry. Irving-Bey is progressing as a hand fighter and developing his technique as a pass rusher, which coaches Don Brown and Greg Mattison can help him tremendously with as he comes into his own.
Irving-Bey’s pledge is also the fourth commit Michigan has collected in less than a week. On Wednesday, the Wolverines added 4-star wide receiver Tarik Black. Roughly 24 hours later, they added 5-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones.
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