4-Star OL Erik Swenson Tweets Decommitment from Michigan

Justin Ferguson@@JFergusonBRCFB National AnalystJanuary 20, 2016

4-star OT Erik Swenson
4-star OT Erik SwensonCourtesy: 247Sports

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines are pushing for a No. 1 recruiting class, but longtime 4-star commitment Erik Swenson won't be a part of it after the program reportedly pulled its offer.

On Wednesday morning—exactly two weeks before national signing day—Swenson tweeted his decommitment from Michigan:

Update: Friday, Jan. 22

Swenson told Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com in a text message Wednesday that Michigan had pulled his scholarship offer and canceled his upcoming official visit to Ann Arbor. 

He also told Bob Narang of the Chicago Tribune that Michigan assistant Tim Drevno told him to get ready to play for the Wolverines "about a month ago." Swenson originally committed to Michigan under former coach Brady Hoke in November 2013.

According to Adam Biggers of Today's U, Swenson said Wednesday that Michigan did not give him a reason for pulling his scholarship earlier in the week:

Swenson also messaged Michigan blogger Bobby Kunz about Harbaugh's involvement:

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However, on Friday, Michael Spath of Rivals reported that Swenson' scholarship situation wasn't a sudden change.

Spath was told in November that Swenson should start looking at other schools. The lineman also declined to attend a Michigan camp over the summer, early into Harbaugh's tenure:

I say that because two weeks ago, when we began dropping major hints in our Inside The Fort columns, we were told that Swenson was no longer a Michigan commitment. We have also been told by multiple sources (though admittedly one of those sources on the Michigan side) that the Swensons were told back in November that he should be looking around because he may not have a committable offer.

We were also told by a source out of Downers Grove that the Michigan coaches asked Swenson to camp at U-M over the summer so the staff could properly evaluate him (he refused) and we were told that it was understood that Swenson’s senior year would serve as an evaluation period because this coaching staff had never seen him in-person and wanted to know if he was a good fit for the program.

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The 6'7", 285-pound Swenson is ranked as the No. 31 offensive tackle and the No. 322 overall prospect in the class of 2016. 

Last summer, Swenson told Baumgardner he wanted to remain loyal to his Michigan commitment, even after the program's firing of Hoke and hiring of Harbaugh:

You have to stick with your commitment, you committed to Michigan, you have to honor that. You made a commitment and you have to show you're willing to honor it. There will be ups and downs at any place, and any place you go you'll have to show you can push through them.

Michigan currently has two commitments from offensive tackles who are ranked higher than Swenson in the 247Sports Composite Rankings—No. 35 overall recruit Ben Bredeson and No. 239 overall recruit Devery Hamilton.

Both tackles committed to Michigan last June.

While Swenson was not one of Michigan's highest-rated recruits, he was named to the second All-USA team for the 2015 high school football season by USA Today

Swenson currently holds four other scholarship offers—Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports changed his Crystal Ball Prediction for Swenson to Northwestern after news broke of the tackle's decommitment from Michigan. Wiltfong reports Swenson could visit the in-state Wildcats soon.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.