UCLA’s hiring of Jedd Fisch as its offensive coordinator could give the Bruins an advantage over Michigan for a 4-star quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class.
The future for Michigan at the quarterback position appears to be in good hands. After bringing in former 4-star quarterback Brandon Peters in the 2016 class, the Wolverines have 4-star quarterback Dylan McCaffrey committed in the 2017 cycle.
However, if Jim Harbaugh’s staff is hoping to add another blue-chip arm in the 2018 class, it may have just fallen behind for one of its top targets.
On Monday, it was reported that Jedd Fisch, Michigan’s passing game coordinator, would be leaving to accept UCLA’s offensive coordinator job. And, on the heels of that announcement, 4-star quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson said it would be “very hard” for another team to beat out the Bruins now that they’ve hired Fisch.
Fisch had been recruiting Thompson-Robinson to Michigan, but now the Las Vegas prospect could get the best of both world by choosing UCLA. He could stay closer to home and still play for Fisch. With Oregon being the only other program heavily involved in his recruitment, Thompson-Robinson may face a much easier decision.
Thompson-Robinson, the No. 9 quarterback and No. 74 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, is one of a few quarterbacks the Wolverines are targeting along with 4-star recruits Jacob Sirmon and Artur Sitkowski.
However, with Sirmon committed to Washington and Sitkowski’s recruitment likely coming down to Florida and Miami, Michigan will need to make sure Fisch’s replacement is a capable recruiter — one with whom Tompson-Robinson can connect.
As for UCLA, it would be a gigantic pull for the Bruins to land him. With Josh Rosen likely headed to the NFL after the 2017 season, the torch will have to be passed sooner rather than later. UCLA will need to make Thompson-Robinson its top priority moving forward on the recruiting trail, and, luckily for the Bruins, they’re now the favorite to gain his commitment.
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