2014 3-star offensive tackle Denzel Ward is no longer committed to Michigan.
Update: Kyle Meinke of mlive.com is reporting that Ward was dropped from Michigan's class. He has been hosting other head coaches per Meinke's report, and Michigan has a strict policy when it comes to commitments considering other programs.
Ward is a 6'8'', 295-pound tackle recruit from Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, Illinois. He may only be a 3-star recruit, but his size as just a junior gives him incredible potential. He has the size of a dominant left tackle, and he still has his whole senior year of football to work on technique and to get better.
Ward took to his Twitter account to announce the news:
I am no longer a commit to the University of Michigan, I really appreciare the love from there but I just want to make the best decision.— Denzel Ward (@DW75_) January 29, 2013
Derek Tyson of ESPN.com then Tweeted that Florida could be the program to watch in regards to Ward's recruitment from here on out:
Michigan's 2014 class now just features one recruit: 4-star inside linebacker Michael Ferns. He is currently ranked as the No. 7 inside linebacker in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Denzel Ward decommits from Michigan. With his recent move to Bradenton (Fla.) think Florida is in pretty good shape for the Wach List OL.— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) January 29, 2013
This could be discouraging for Michigan, but right now the 2014 class is in no way a priority. With 2013's national signing day just days away (Feb. 6), Brady Hoke and his staff have to be concentrated on locking down their current class, and then once that's settled down they can start giving some more attention to 2014 recruits.
Bold prediction for Michigan's 2014 recruiting class:
The Wolverines will finish with one of the better recruiting classes in the country for this cycle, and that will only help them on the recruiting trail for 2014. A lot of Michigan's future recruiting success will also hinge on what the team is able to do on the field in 2013.
Expectations are certainly high, and a great year on the field could really propel Michigan to an elite level in regards to recruiting.
Having to drop Ward is a notable early disappointment for Michigan, but there should be plenty of good news on the horizon.