Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man. Stephen Herron's decommitment went from foregone conclusion to likely outcome to possible outcome, but after spending several weeks denying any ongoing interest in Stanford, Herron finally yanked the band-aid.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” #CardClass19 #FearTheTree pic.twitter.com/XqW0EBV3FK
— Stephen Jr. (@stephenherron_) July 23, 2018
The most likely scenario was that Herron hadn't gotten formal word from Stanford admissions, and has now received said word. Herron was a composite five-star until recently, and remains a top-100 prospect.
Michigan now has three defensive end commits, 5-star SDE Chris Hinton, 3.5-star-for-now SDE David Ojabo and 3-star WDE Gabe Newburg, and will presumably look to replace Herron in the class. They remain Lloyd-Christmas-There's-A-Chance interested in 5-stars Zach Harrison (a presumed Ohio State lock) and George Karlaftis (a Purdue commit). The Herron news may actually help somewhat with 3-star DE Aeneas DiCosmo, who seems to be down to Michigan and Stanford.
Michigan's class is now down to 18 commits, and is ranked #9 in the country and #2 in the Big Ten behind Ohio State.