Michigan football let one get away.
Five-star quarterback and Saline native C.J. Carr officially committed Thursday to Notre Dame, picking the Fighting Irish over U-M, Michigan State, Georgia, LSU and Wisconsin. The class of 2024 prospect is the grandson of Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines from 1995-2007 and won the 1997 national championship.
Lloyd Carr led Michigan to a 122-40 record and five Big Ten conference championships in his 22-year run as the program’s head coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
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At 6 feet 3 and 190 pounds, C.J. Carr is the No. 1 player in Michigan and the No. 5 best quarterback in 247 Sports’ composite rankins. He threw for 2,696 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2021, leading the Hornets to a 9-1 record during his sophomore season. He was an honorable mention on the Free Press’ All-State teams.
Carr’s first year as Saline’s starter ended with a 32-20 loss to Canton in the first round of the state playoffs.
Carr’s younger brother, Chad, died at age 5 in 2015 due to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, an aggressive brain cancer. Chad’s story spawned the ChadTough foundation.
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Michigan’s 2024 signing class has yet to garner its first commitment. Its 2023 class of six commitments is ranked No. 31 in the country by 247 Sports. This includes two four-stars in linebacker Raylen Wilson and running back Cole Cabana, as well as four three-stars in wide receiver Semaj Morgan, defensive lineman Brooks Bahr, running back Benjamin Hall and kicker Adam Samaha.
Coach Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines ended the 2021 season with a 34-11 loss to eventual national title winner Georgia in the College Football Playoff. Michigan, which won the Big Ten title, concluded the year 12-2 and 8-1 in conference play.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football snubbed by C.J. Carr, who picks Notre Dame