A 2019 college football recruit has called out Jim Harbaugh and Michigan's football program for what they allegedly did before signing day.
Tyrece Woods, a defensive end recruit, claims to have received a scholarship offer from Michigan over the summer. He announced his commitment to the Wolverines in August.
“I’m a Michigan Man. All Glory to God!! 100000% COMMITTED," he tweeted.
Woods is now saying that Michigan pulled his scholarship offer a couple of weeks before signing day.
But Woods’ plans were derailed the day before Thanksgiving. He says that’s when UM recruiting director Matt Dudek informed Woods that the Wolverines were pulling their offer. The next day Woods wrote on Twitter that he had decommitted.
“We weren’t on the same page as we were when I first committed,” Woods said this week to The Detroit News. “They were basically trying to force me to take an academic scholarship and walk-on for football. When they originally offered me at their camp they said it would be a full ride (football scholarship).”
Michigan, however, reportedly claims through an anonymous source that Woods' scholarship offer was just an academic one with the opportunity to walk onto the football team.
A source familiar with the situation said Woods was only offered the opportunity for an academic scholarship and preferred walk-on status, which means he would have had to submit paperwork by certain academic deadlines, but could practice with the team in hopes of earning a football scholarship. The source could not speak publicly because of NCAA rules that limit what programs can say regarding prospective recruits.
Woods is claiming otherwise:
“It hurt me because it was my dream school, and then to have one of the assistant coaches tell me about it instead of Coach (Jim) Harbaugh made it real bad. Coach Harbaugh offered me (during camp). Matt Dudek told me the news the night before Thanksgiving, and I talked with my family and we came up that it (decommitting) was the best thing for me to do at the time. I was numb over it for a couple of days, couldn’t believe what I just heard.”
Woods' father, Tyrece Woods, corroborated his son's version of events.
"It was never a walk-on," his father said. "We would have never accepted that."
Regardless of what actually happened here, recruiting can be a messy business. If Michigan did pull his scholarship offer, they surely wouldn't have been the first major program to do something like that.
Still, it's a disappointing situation all around.
Woods is now looking at a couple of other programs, including Cincinnati.