The Michigan Wolverines finished off the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors by a score of 56-10 on Saturday in what was quarterback J.J. McCarthy’s first-ever start behind center.
McCarthy’s play has caught the attention of college football pundits nationwide, as well as five-star quarterback Jadyn Davis, a Michigan target who visited the Big House for Saturday’s game.
“I would run through a brick wall for that man,” Davis said of Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh prior to the contest, before settling in to watch the sophomore QB sensation’s demolition of the Wolverines’ opponents from Honolulu.
Davis seems as impressed as anyone about Michigan’s present and future possibilities for another Big Ten and national championship, and he’s not the only one.
Dante Moore, another five-star quarterback from Detroit King High School who committed to the Oregon Ducks recently, reportedly called McCarthy and fellow sophomore running back Donovan Edwards a “crazy duo” during the game on his Twitter account, according to SportsIllustrated.com.
The tweet has since been removed, as Moore is still focused on bringing home a state championship for the Crusaders, but it shows just how much buzz has been generated by McCarthy’s baptism as the new Michigan starting quarterback, along with the potential of the fellow former five-star Edwards.
— Dante MOORE (@dantemoore05) August 11, 2022
What This All Means for Michigan Recruiting
Michigan’s current top quarterback target, Jadyn Davis, has not officially reacted to Saturday’s game.
That being said, it seems as though his interest in visiting is yet another example of Michigan’s potential in the world of recruiting, despite those who have criticized Harbaugh for refusing to pay players exorbitant sums of money to attend the University of Michigan.
In a strange twist of irony, the team that has been perhaps as aggressive as any in the NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) payment sweepstakes, sixth-ranked Texas A&M, lost to Appalachian State by a final score of 17-14 on Saturday, the team that upset the Wolverines back in 2007 when Lloyd Carr’s team had perhaps as much talent as it ever did.
While it seems highly unlikely that Moore will de-commit from Oregon and stay in the Wolverine State to play for Harbaugh anytime soon, his tweet confirms what many within the Michigan program already knew: recruiting is going just fine for the former NFL star and reigning Big Ten champion coach, and doesn’t appear to be a “problem” any time soon.