Broad Run RB Tim Baldwin (Twitter photo)
Tim Baldwin picks the Maize and Blue of Michigan
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Broad Run’s Tim Baldwin wanted to make his college decision official early. And on Sunday, no one could have said it better than the Spartan running back.
In a social media post, the star player wrote, “I am blessed and ecstatic to announce that I am committed to the University of Michigan. After careful consideration of which program gives me the best opportunities, I have chosen to cut recruitment short because I believe Michigan will do just that and more. I say thank you to all the college coaches who have offered and are in the process of recruiting me to give me an opportunity to the next step in my life with the God given talent I was blessed to receive. I am proud to be a MICHIGAN WOLVERINE. #GOBLUE #DecenniUMXX”
— Tim Baldwin Jr (@timgbaldwinjr) November 4, 2018
Baldwin, a 5-11, 198-pounder for the 9-1 Spartans, was pushed heavily by Big Blue running back coach Jay Harbaugh and tight ends coach Al Washington, who helped sway the Ashburn resident toward Ann Arbor. In the end, Baldwin chose Michigan over Boston College, West Virginia, Virginia, Syracuse, Rutgers, Old Dominion, and Maryland.
The junior rushed for 1,393 yards and 27 touchdowns last year as he took over the premier back position from Meech Hembry, who graduated. At this time it is unclear whether Baldwin will be groomed for a running back position or moved to defense. Currently, he is also Broad Run’s strong safety. It is also unknown if Baldwin will be redshirted next year or be primed to play immediately for the fourth-ranked Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 in Big Ten)), who are led by head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The Spartans (officially 9-1, with the only loss coming in a forfeit for inadvertently using an ineligible player, after defeating Potomac Falls 31-0 in Week 1) begin their playoff run this weekend as the #1 seed in Region 5C against Edison (3-7).
– Jim McGrath