July 16, 2024

Michigan got a commitment today from 2025 4* QB Carter Smith: 

“WHAT ABOUT BRYCE UNDERWOOD?” has been the main response to this news. so let’s immediately address that: Insiders agree that Michigan will continue to pursue Underwood, but Kirk Campbell has stated that he will not take Smith’s commitment and go the all-in-one-basket method for 2025 quarterbacks.

 

QB Carter Smith

Carter Smith, 2025 4-star QB, commits to Michigan

When Michigan attempted to acquire Dante Moore, a 5* in-state prospect for 2023, it backfired miserably as Moore chose Oregon over Michigan before switching to UCLA, leaving the Wolverines without a win. Their “quarterback” is Kendrick Bell, Ronnie’s Who Dat 3* brother, but there’s no chance Bell will play quarterback for Michigan. In essence, Michigan decided not to draft a quarterback in 2023, which means that the team may have to choose between a true freshman and a transfer for the position in the upcoming season.

In the 2023 cycle, Campbell made the decision to learn from Matt Weiss’ mistakes and discovered a match in Smith. As a result of strong interest from both sides, the recruitment process swiftly heated up. Underwood is a highly sought-after recruit, so Michigan will not be taking any chances with him. Take advantage of the opportunity to include any other guy you want in your program if he wants to. The more the merrier if Underwood decides to enroll and you wind up with a 2021 OSU-style class that features two quarterbacks (the Bucks have Quinn Ewers and Kyle McCord). You’re still in a good place if he doesn’t.

And they’re in a nice place. Smith is not to be disregarded. Everyone would be giddy about Carter Smith, a 6’3″ signal-caller from Bishop Verot HS in Fort Myers, Florida, if Underwood were a native Texan. He is now ranked in the top 100 by ESPN and is On3 as the nation’s eighth-best quarterback. Even if 247 and Rivals are currently a little lower, there is still a LONG way to go. He is ranked 223rd overall in the country by the On3 consensus, and 213th by the 247 Composite.

Nobody can argue Smith is a complete steal at quarterback, especially considering offers from schools like Texas A&M, PSU, Ole Miss, FSU, Florida, and Miami. I’ll write a longer Hello later, but Smith seems to be the exact opposite of Jadyn Davis—more raw overall, less developed/poised as a passer—but bigger, more athletic, and with greater upside (Smith is more JJ, so to speak). They might make for striking contrasts if Michigan were to select them as its 2024 and 2025 quarterbacks.

 

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