Michigan’s Sign-Stealing Scandal Inspires Top QB Prospect’s Commitment
In a surprising turn of events, the University of Michigan’s sign-stealing scandal has not deterred top recruits but rather inspired them to commit to the program. On Tuesday, four-star quarterback Carter Smith announced his verbal pledge to the Wolverines, choosing Michigan over offers from prestigious schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss, Penn State, and Texas A&M.
Smith, currently ranked as the No. 14 overall quarterback and No. 213 prospect nationally in the class of 2025, cited the program’s history and their impressive approach as his reasons for choosing Michigan. He particularly mentioned the talent development of quarterbacks under the guidance of quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell.
Campbell, who played a crucial role in recruiting Smith, has also been instrumental in securing the commitment of another highly-regarded quarterback, Jadyn Davis. Davis is expected to sign with the program in the coming month and has the potential to follow in the footsteps of J.J. McCarthy as Michigan’s next star quarterback.
Smith’s high school career statistics are nothing short of remarkable. Over his three years as a varsity starter, he has demonstrated an excellent passing game, completing over 60% of his passes and accumulating nearly 7,000 yards along with 69 touchdowns. Moreover, his rushing stats are equally impressive, with 1,878 yards and an additional 41 touchdowns. Smith’s junior year was especially outstanding, as he threw 25 touchdown passes with just one interception and ran in another 16 touchdowns in a mere 10 games.
While the NCAA’s ongoing investigation into the sign-stealing scandal casts a shadow of uncertainty over Michigan’s future, it did not appear to affect Smith’s decision. The highly-talented player, standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 180 pounds, remains committed to the Wolverines.
As the investigation unfolds, it remains to be seen how it will impact Michigan’s recruitment efforts going forward. However, this recent commitment from Smith, propelled by Michigan’s ability to turn the scandal into an us against the world mentality, suggests that the program’s resilience and determination have resonated with recruits across the country. The Wolverines continue to attract top prospects who are confident in the program’s rich history and its commitment to excellence.
Michigan fans can now look forward to seeing Carter Smith don the maize and blue in the coming years, as he aims to make his mark at the University of Michigan and contribute to the team’s future success. As the quarterback position remains a crucial role in football, Smith’s exceptional skills and dedication will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the Wolverines’ roster.