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Michigan football just added a commitment from one of the top players in the class of 2021.
La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy quarterback J.J. McCarthy picked the Wolverines during an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor on Saturday.
McCarthy’s commitment came during his second trip to Michigan in just over a month. He previously visited on April 6 for U-M’s open practice at Michigan Stadium.
McCarthy is regarded as one of the top quarterback prospects in his class. According to 247Sports, which is currently the only recruiting site with rankings for the class of 2021, McCarthy — listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds — is a 4-star, the No. 19 overall prospect and the No. 2 quarterback.
As a sophomore, McCarthy led Nazareth to a state title, completing 182-of-240 passes (77 percent) for 3,448 yards with 39 touchdowns and four interceptions. This past winter, he was named to MaxPreps’ High School Sophomore All-American Team.
McCarthy saw his recruitment take off in the span of just over a year. In June of 2017, he picked up his first offer from Iowa State. This past fall, he picked up an offer from Michigan on Nov. 29 — one of four Big Ten offers he received that day. At the time of his commitment, McCarthy had 33 reported offers, including tenders from Ohio State, Penn State, LSU and Texas A&M, among others.
J.J. McCarthy of La Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy. (Photo: Hale McGranahan, 247Sports)
If McCarthy’s ranking holds, he would be the highest-touted quarterback recruit signed by Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, excluding Shea Patterson, who transferred to U-M from Ole Miss. He would be the third highest-ranked quarterback to sign with Michigan since 2000, behind Ryan Mallett and Chad Henne.
According to the 247Sports Composite, which goes back to 2000, McCarthy’s current ranking gives him the distinction of being the highest-rated quarterback prospect to hail from the midwest. And while McCarthy’s ranking could fluctuate between now and signing day for the 2021 class, his offer sheet still suggests he’s the rare elite midwestern quarterback recruit.
McCarthy gives the Wolverines two commitments in the 2021 class, joining Sterling Heights Stevenson 4-star offensive lineman Giovanni El-Hadi.
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