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Michigan Wolverines Add a Four-Star Recruit for 2025

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Detailed view of a Michigan Wolverines helmet and an oversized championship ring after defeating the Washington Huskies during the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium.
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The Michigan Wolverines and coach Sherrone Moore added another piece to their 2025 recruiting class, picking up a commitment from four-star defensive lineman Jaylen Williams.

Williams is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound DL from Palatine, Ill. He chose Michigan over schools like Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan State and Ohio State. According to, Williams the No. 5-ranked player in Illinois and the No. 20-ranked DL nationally.

Williams a Force on Both Sides

Williams creates problems for opposing offenses at the high school level. He is being recruited for his work on the defensive side of the ball, but he also plays on the offensive line. In his junior year of high school, Williams was named all-conference and all-state in football. He also competes in track and field throwing events.

His Impact on the Wolverines

Williams is the sixth commitment for Moore in the 2025 recruiting class. The DL seems to be a focus for this coaching staff as there are now three DL commits. Four-star Nathaniel Marshall and four-star Bobby Kanka are the other two.

The DL has been a strong unit for Michigan these past few years. It appears that the new staff in place will continue to build on the foundation built by former coach Jim Harbaugh that led Michigan to the 2024 National Championship. Players like Aiden Hutchinson and Frank Clark, to name a few, have proven that you can also make it to the next level and excel after spending time at Michigan. This has helped draw the great talent that we have grown accustomed to in Ann Arbor.

Michigan currently has four DLs on the roster that are juniors going into the 2024 season. This will give Williams and the other two guys committed to the DL a season to develop before the load is fully on their shoulders.

The other three recruits in this class are four-star quarterback Carter Smith, four-star offensive lineman Avery Gach and four-star tight end Eli Owens. This class is currently ranked 50th nationally on 247sports. There is plenty of room for growth over the coming weeks with some more big visits coming up.


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