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Class of 2018: Emil Ekiyor Jr commits to Michigan

Tom Loy, 247Sports

Class of 2018 four-star offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor Jr. has committed to play for Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines. He becomes the second four-star commit for the Wolverines in their 2018 class.

Just a day after his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, the No. 1 recruit in the state of Indiana for the 2018 recruiting cycle has gone up north to play for Big Blue. While he never officially narrowed his list, he did take unofficial visits to top-flight schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Stanford and Notre Dame, before finally settling on the Wolverines following his visit on Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 322-pounder from Cathedral HS in Indianapolis picks a prime time to join Michigan’s football program following their 5-0 start to the 2016 campaign which has them ranked inside the Top 5 in the country by all major polls. They currently have the No. 2 recruiting class in the Big Ten for the 2017 season.

It comes with the territory of committing to a big-time program, but the Wolverines are loaded at the offensive line position, making it unlikely that Ekiyor sees the field right away. The Wolverines are senior-laden across their offensive line in 2016, but their third strings are currently freshman and sophomores, and would presumably move up the food chain by the time Ekiyor arrives on campus.

The 2018 season will be an important season for Michigan, as they’re scheduled to renew their rivalry with Notre Dame. The team is scheduled to travel to South Bend to take on the Fighting Irish in a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1887.

Class of 2018: Emil Ekiyor Jr commits to Michigan
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