On Thursday night, the Michigan Wolverines got some exiting news as the program learned that elite 2020 prospect Isaiah Todd would be committing to the program. This was this first real commitment for head coach Juwan Howard after being hired. Fans are, obviously, thrilled at the news.
2020 five-star PF Isaiah Todd has committed to Michigan.— Thomas Beindit (@tbeindit) October 17, 2019
Todd is listed at 6-foot-10 and 195 pounds. He comes out of Raleigh, North Carolina and is rated as the top player in the state and the 12th best player in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite. Other schools that were seriously vying for Todd’s commitment included Baylor, Kansas, Maryland, and Oklahoma State.
This commitment is a big one for the Wolverines for a variety of reasons. To start, Todd is an elite prospect. Not only is he a five-star prospect, but he’s actually Michigan’s highest rated commitment in the 247Sports era. While ratings are never perfect, that’s pretty noteworthy. More simply put, Todd is the program’s best recruit, at least on paper, in nearly 20 years. That includes prospects like Dion Harris, Mitch McGary, and Glenn Robinson III.
Perhaps the more significant part of this commitment, though, is that this marks Howard’s first real pickup since taking over for John Beilein. He landed Franz Wagner this summer, but it seems like Wagner was going to commit, regardless of who became the head coach. That makes this pickup all the more significant. And what a way to start, with a top 15 prospect.
We’ll have to see how things continue forward in 2020 and beyond, but Howard certainly seems to be doing work on the recruiting trail. Michigan’s class is now ranked 16th nationally by 247Sports and the team still has a few more open spots. All told, fans have to be excited about what’s to come.