Michigan is hosting J.J. McCarthy, the No. 2-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2021, on a visit this weekend. Clearly, he likes what he saw.
McCarthy opted to take himself off the recruiting board, almost two full years ahead of his class’ National Signing Day. Moments ago, he announced his commitment to the Wolverines.
The decision just came through on Twitter. McCarthy is the second member of the class for UM.
C O M M I T T E D to…
The University of Michigan!!!〽️
Go Blue!!〽️〽️〽️ pic.twitter.com/ToEQJQPbX3
— J.J. McCarthy (@jjmccarthy09) May 11, 2019
J.J. McCarthy is a four-star prospect, and a top 20 overall recruit in the class.
He hasn’t been ranked by every service yet, but 247’s in-house rankings have him at No. 19, and at the top of the rankings in Illinois.
Just a few days ago, it sounded like Northwestern would be the top competition for Michigan in this one. At the end of the day, Michigan just brought too much to the table, and he decided to make the pledge.
“Michigan checked all of the boxes for me,” McCarthy told 247Sports. “Literally all of them.
“The intensity of the program, the top of the line education, the coaching staff is awesome, and it felt like home.”
He joins a stacked quarterback room, that already features starter Shea Patterson, and former four-stars Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton. Cade McNamara, another four-star, is a member of the 2019 class, and Michigan has a commitment from 2020 four-star JD Johnson. Brandon Peters, a blue chip member of the 2016 class, is now transferring out, but his commitment started what is now a six-class streak of Jim Harbaugh’s staff bringing in a quarterback ranked four-stars or better.