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Wolverine TV: On3 Rankings Director Charles Power on why Michigan commits moved up/down in latest update

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The Wolverine's EJ Holland is joined by On3's Charles Power to chat updated 2025 rankings I #GoBlue

The Wolverine’s EJ Holland was joined by On3 Rankings Director Charles Power on the Tuesday edition of The Wolverine Live recruiting show to discuss the latest On3 rankings update for the 2025 recruiting class. Several Michigan commits moved, including Palatine (Ill.) High EDGE Jaylen Williams.

Watch the full video above.

Williams Recruitment

Williams notched an offer from Michigan last spring and made multiple unofficial visits soon after, including for the game against Ohio State in November.

Michigan was considered the leader for Williams for the majority of the cycle. However, the Wolverines were hindered by offseason staff changes — former defensive line coach Mike Elston bolted for the NFL, while his replacement, Greg Scruggs, was dismissed from the program.

New Michigan defensive line coach Lou Esposito had Michigan right back in the picture going into Williams’ official visit and sealed the deal during his time in Ann Arbor last month.

Here is what Power had to say about Williams.

“He’s a twitchy mover,” Power said. “He’s a guy that can disrupt at multiple spots along the defensive line. He can kick out to end and be a big, edge setting defensive end. It’s not outside the realm of possibilities that once he gets to Michigan, he could put on 30-40-50 pounds and be a guy you could move all over the front. He’s very disruptive. You go watch his film, I think he’s a high effort player. I think he’s going to continue getting better as he gets more technical.”

At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, Williams is ranked as the No. 24 defensive lineman and No. 252 overall prospect nationally, per On3.

Michigan has 15 commits in its 2025 recruiting class — Top 100 Center Valley (Pa.) Southern Lehigh tight end Andrew Olesh, Top 100 Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange safety Ivan Taylor, Top 100 Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga defensive back Kainoa Winston, Top 100 Oak Park (Ill.) Fenwick defensive lineman Nate Marshall, On300 Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot quarterback Carter Smith, On300 Alpharetta (Ga.) High EDGE Julius Holly, On300 Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Donovan Johnson, four-star New Orleans (La.) Archbishop Shaw wide receiver Jacob Washington, four-star Palatine (Ill.) High EDGE Jaylen Williams, four-star Birmingham (Mich.) Groves offensive lineman Avery Gach, four-star Howell (Mich.) High defensive lineman Bobby Kanka, three-star New Orleans (La.) Archbishop Shaw running back Jasper Parker, three-star Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy offensive lineman Kaden Strayhorn, three-star Stockbridge (Ga.) High linebacker Chase Taylor and three-star Alcoa (Tenn.) High tight end Eli Owens.

The class is ranked No. 11 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten, per the On3 Industry national team recruiting rankings. The Wolverines currently sit behind Ohio State and Oregon.

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