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Michigan football makes top five for 2024 five-star DT

Michigan football is in the midst of a big battle for one of the nation’s top recruits.

2024 Chicago (Illinois) St. Ignatius five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott appeared ready to wrap up his recruitment earlier this year, and Notre Dame appeared to be his destination. However, Scott delayed his commitment, and it became anybody’s ballgame.

The No. 12 player in the country per the 247Sports composite, Scott plans a string of official visits in June when the window reopens. And with a visit to Ann Arbor set for June 9, Michigan football made his final five, along with the Irish, Ohio State, Georgia and Miami.

Scott will visit Georgia on June 2, Miami on June 16 and Ohio State on June 23.

The evaluation from 247Sports’ Allen Trieu:

Has prototypical size and athletic ability for the position. Bends well, gets off the ball quickly and can beat blockers with initial quickness. Closes to the ball with speed as well. For a taller interior defensive lineman, he generally does a good job with pad level and his flexibility helps with that. Not often challenged in high school with offensive linemen with similar size and talent. Will have to show he can disengage from Power Five level offensive linemen. Has great upside though and actually could play high-level offensive line if he wanted to also, but projects as a defensive tackle that can play for any school and in any scheme in the country.

Michigan has one five-star committed, quarterback Jadyn Davis. To secure Scott, it will have to make a strong impression on June 9. Mike Elston is leading the charge for Scott in Ann Arbor.

The 247Sports crystal ball indicates it is a Miami-Notre Dame battle at the moment.

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Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire