On Wednesday afternoon, three-star receiver Markus Allen announced his decommitment from Michigan in a tweet.
The announcement comes after a slew of tweets earlier this week, in which Allen tweeted “Go somewhere you know (you’re) loved!” and “If a school want you they gon make it known. Regardless.”
Allen becomes the Wolverines’ first player to decommit from what is now a 20-player 2021 class. Even with the announcement, Michigan’s class ranks 11th nationally and second in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.
Allen, who plays with Michigan commit Rod Moore at Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio, is the 68th-ranked receiver recruit in the country. At the time of his commitment this spring, he had offers from Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as a host of Group of Five schools.
After Allen’s decommitment, Michigan has three receiver commitments in its 2021 class, with four-star Xavier Worthy, four-star Christian Dixon and three-star Andrel Anthony. It is unlikely the Wolverines will pursue another receiver, instead focusing on securing running back Donovan Edwards, keeping linebacker Jaydon Hood, who committed in May, and picking up a few more signees on the defensive side of the ball.
“After having a deep conversation and reconsidering my commitment my Family and I, I feel as if it's best I re-open my recritment as of now,” Allen wrote in the tweet. “I would like to thank Coach (Josh) Gattis and Coach (Jim) Harbagh and The Michigan football staff for giving me the opportunity but at this time I will be re-opening my recruitment all the way back up.”