Coach Brady Hoke suffers 1st recruiting departure at Michigan after Pharaoh Brown visited Oregon
Michigan tight end commit Pharaoh Brown took an official visit to Oregon — a big no-no for coach Brady Hoke, who has a policy of not allowing his recruits to take official or unofficial visits to other campuses.
Now, it appears Brown no longer is considered a commitment, even though he never formally decommitted to the Wolverines.
"For everybody who wants to know I never de-committed from Michigan," Brown tweeted this week. "They said they don't consider me a commit because my (official visit). That's their policy."
Brown is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound four-star prospect from Lyndhurst (Ohio) Brush High School. Although six players have left the Wolverines this season, Brown is the first recruit to exit the program.
It's possible Brown could still land at Michigan, but isn't likely.
"Yes I am changing my position and will be weighing all my options," Brown tweeted.
Brown did not respond to a text seeking comment.
Michigan's heralded recruiting class, ranked among the top five according to every major recruiting service, now stands at 23. The class features tight ends Devin Funchess (Farmington Hills Harrison) and A.J. Williams (Ohio), although Williams is projected by some to switch to tackle.
The Wolverines could target another tight end for their 2012 class, which now has about five spots left. One possibility popped up less than 24 hours after Brown announced his move.
San Diego product Taylor McNamara, the No. 2 tight end in the country according to Rivals, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon: "Considering canceling an official and taking one to #Michigan..."
Tight end is an attractive position for Michigan targets because of the pro-style offense installed by Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges. Tight end is accentuated in their scheme.