ESPN 300 linebacker Junior Colson commits to Michigan

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Michigan football adds LB Junior Colson to its strong recruiting class (0:58)

Tom VanHaaren breaks down how Michigan strengthened its football program with the addition of ESPN 300 linebacker Junior Colson. (0:58)

ESPN 300 linebacker Junior Colson committed to Michigan on Sunday, choosing the Wolverines over offers from Tennessee, Oregon, Ole Miss and LSU, among others.

Colson is the No. 184-ranked prospect overall and is now the third-highest-ranked commit in Michigan's class. He is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker out of Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, and was the No. 4-ranked prospect in the state of Tennessee.

Landing Colson was important for Michigan to help fill a need, but it's also its third commitment in May, joining safety Rod Moore and linebacker Tyler McLaurin.

Prior to Colson's commitment, Michigan held the 14th-ranked class overall. The Big Ten as a whole has been recruiting well so far in this cycle; Michigan is still behind Ohio State (No. 1), Minnesota (No. 8), Maryland (No. 12) and Iowa (No. 13) in the rankings.

Michigan has five ESPN 300 commitments in the class, including the No. 2-ranked dual-threat quarterback, J.J. McCarthy, and offensive linemen Giovanni El-Hadi, Raheem Anderson and Greg Crippen.