Offensive lineman Joshua Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) gave his verbal commitment to Stanford on Thursday at a news conference at his high school. Garnett chose the Cardinal over Michigan in what seemed to be a tight race to the end.
The four-star lineman had seemed to be favoring the Wolverines for some time, but ultimately chose to stay closer to home.
Garnett is the No. 44 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150. He would have been Michigan’s highest-ranked recruit. Instead, cornerback Terry Richardson (Detroit/Cass Tech) holds on to that honor, as he's ranked No. 68.
Now that Michigan has missed out on Garnett, the Wolverines will look to other linemen to finish out the class.
The coaching staff will be on an in-home visit with guard Alex Kozan (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Valor Christian) this Saturday. Kozan plans to announce his decision shortly after that visit from a list of Michigan, Iowa, and Auburn.
Michigan is also still in the final group for tackle Jordan Diamond (Chicago/Simeon), who will be making his announcement on Feb. 3 at his school.
Outside of those two names Michigan has just recently gotten back in the picture with Rutgers commit Chris Muller (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Senior). Now that former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has left for the NFL, Muller says he is interested in the Wolverines.
There has been communication between the two parties, and there’s a chance Muller could take a visit to Ann Arbor in the near future.
Missing out on Garnett was a big deal because of his talent level, but Michigan still has attractive options along the offensive line.