February 22, 2024

Michigan football recruiting under Sherrone Moore: Staff moves, QB battle, 2025 updates by CFB insiders

The Michigan football coaching staff is coming together after the hiring of defensive coordinator Wink Martindale on Feb. 9. The veteran NFL defensive coach with deep ties to the Harbaugh coaching family, ironically, comes to Ann Arbor after former Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh left for the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coaching job on Jan. 24. He’ll have the important job of directing the defense, which is the side of the ball that new head coach Sherrone Moore doesn’t have experience on.

There’s still plenty of work to be done for Moore, however. The 2025 and 2026 Michigan football recruiting classes are being built, while Michigan is also still in the window where current players can enter the college football transfer portal. Spring practice is also around a month away, and all eyes will be on the quarterback battle there. If you want to see the latest Michigan recruiting news and updates on the staff and 2024 team, be sure to see what the proven team of insiders are saying at The Michigan Insider, the 247Sports affiliate that covers Michigan.

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The team at The Michigan Insider is providing on-the-ground updates on every development in the defensive coordinator coaching search, including insights from Sam Webb, Steve Lorenz, Zach Shaw and Alejandro Zuniga. The unrivaled insider team has the latest Michigan recruiting news and the inside scoop on the Michigan coaching search.

The team at The Michigan Insider already has several recruiting updates from Moore’s first few weeks on the job, along with staff updates and an outlook for the 2024 roster. Head to The Michigan Insider now to see see the latest news.

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A trio of Michigan coaches stopped by the school of 2025 five-star defensive lineman Nathaniel Marshall shortly after Moore was officially promoted. Marshall was considered a priority for Harbaugh’s staff, and that has carried over to the new regime. He has offers from some of the top schools around the country, and he has already visited Ann Arbor on several occasions, including the weekend of the rivalry win over Ohio State.

Marshall is the top player in Illinois for the 2025 class and is the No. 22 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. With nearly 30 schools already giving him offers, Moore’s staff has shown that they want to keep Marshall a priority. He spoke with The Michigan Insider regarding his last visit to Ann Arbor, and the team of experts also has insight about when his next visit to campus will be.

The Wolverines also are taking a big swing in the 2026 class by offering five-star offensive tackle Jackson Cantwell out of Missouri. He’s the No. 1 offensive tackle and the No. 2 overall player in that cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. The Wolverines join a loaded offer list that includes Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and many others, so chasing recruits of this caliber will be a big test for Moore. Cantwell recently spoke with 247Sports about his level of interest in Michigan, and you can see what he has to say right here.

As for the coaching staff, the Wolverines made a big addition in Martindale, but they’re losing an important staff member as The Michigan Insider reports that defensive backs coach Steve Clinksdale will join Harbaugh’s staff in Los Angeles. Clinksdale had originally decided to stay on with Moore, but he reserved course a few days later.

The Wolverines are also hiring Sean Magee, who has been working as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Bears since 2022, to be the program’s general manager. In an era where roster movement is more common than ever in college football, many programs are designating a general manager or similar position to help manage personnel, and Magee will fill that important role on Michigan’s staff. The Michigan Insider has updates on how hiring Martindale could impact recruiting.

The Michigan Insider staff is also turning their attention to a new-look 2024 squad. One of the biggest storylines will be who replaces J.J. McCarthy at quarterback after the junior recently declared for the NFL Draft. Alex Orji is a name many are familiar with since the dual-threat QB was used in a Wildcat package for the Wolverines in some big sports during 2023. He’s in the mix to become the full-time starter, but it’s a crowded competition. 

Jayden Denegal, Davis Warren and Jadyn Davis are the other quarterbacks on the roster. Denegal and Warren both saw limited snaps in 2023, while Davis is an incoming freshman who did enroll early and even got some practice reps during the College Football Playoff run. TMI has the latest comments from new offensive coordinator Kirk Campbell on the QB competition right here.

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The Wolverines are also locking in on one of the top cornerbacks in the 2025 class. He’s eyeing a return trip to Ann Arbor, and he’s sharing his latest plans right here.

Who are the top recruits that Michigan’s new coaching staff is targeting right now, and who else is Michigan targeting for its staff? Go to The Michigan Insider to see all the latest Michigan recruiting and coaching search news, all from a team of reporters with decades of experience covering the Wolverines, and find out. Get a seven-day free trial on an annual subscription or your first month of a monthly plan for just $1.