Report: Stanford pries verbal commit away from Michigan

BY Marcus Hartman • January 30, 2016

Michigan's loss was Stanford's gain with the news Devery Hamilton of the Gilman School in Baltimore has decided to go to the West Coast instead of Ann Arbor for college per multiple reports. 

One of Hamilton's coaches shared details of the decision with

"Distance was always a concern for his parents," said Baltimore (Md.) Gilman School assistant coach Henry Russell. "When they were out there for his official visit a family friend who lives out there was also there. They felt more comfortable having Devery out there with them. The education was a big factor too."

Hamilton is a consensus four-star recruit who gave his pledge to Michigan in June. 

Rivals also reported Stanford picked up a verbal commitment from two-star running back Dorian Maddox. 

That gives coach David Shaw 23 commitments for 2016, a group that is on the edge of the national top 10 depending on the service. 

The news comes less than two weeks after another Gilman offensive lineman, Stephen Spanellis, flipped to Michigan from Virginia. 

Spanellis is now one of three offensive linemen in the Wolverines class at this time, joining four-stars Ben Bredeson of Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead and Michael Onwenu of Detroit Cass Tech. 

Michigan's class has picked up eight new commitments since Jan. 21, but five players have decommitted in the past two weeks for one reason or another. 

After receiving some criticism for possibly pulling scholarships less than two weeks before signing day, coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday he and his staff are open with recruits about what they need to do to make sure their offers remain valid. 

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