Five-Star Forward Isaiah Todd verbally committed to Michigan on Thursday, becoming the Wolverines' first five-star bet of the era Juwan Howard . "I'm heading to Michigan for Coach Juan Howard and his NBA background and his Michigan origin," Todd tells 247Sports. "He has a relationship on the other side, obviously Coach Bill himself did that too, but given the relationship between me and Coach Yuan, I just felt like we were a little closer, just because we talk more and we are related to a different level. "
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"Me and Coach Yuan just clicked on a different level and I clicked with the guys when I went to visit, and I was just really excited to be there," said Todd. "I had a great time in Kansas. It was a difficult decision. I just feel Michigan is more appropriate."
During their telephone conversations, Howard tells Todd that he sees a lot of himself in him.  "He talks about it when he commits to being the first person to get engaged and he starts to recruit and he just thought I reminded him a lot about himself," Todd said. "He told me that several times when we were sitting in the movie room, he showed me a movie about him and the guys at the next level and I just feel like everything fits perfectly."
Todd said he considered their relationship to be grows because of Howard's play, allowing them to connect on several levels.
"The pitch for me was family friendly and just kept improving every day," Todd says. "He said he was going to push me, and he told me that the guy I wanted to be first and then the player I wanted to be would make me, and he said he would do it when I was there. What made me believe in him, just in the months when I talked to him, I began to trust him more and more and began to connect with him. "
In court Todd is an offensively gifted power forward who can play inside and out. Michigan's plan is to use it in various ways, including managing some around the perimeter, in the middle and around the target. Todd said playing at Raleigh (NC) Word of God is similar to how Michigan plans to play this coming season.
"When we went and watched Michigan and compared it, that's where I felt comfortable," he said, "I like to play around the perimeter and he said he would let me do it, then he would let me play in the middle and be offended in the afternoon and just make decisions based on our kits. "
Todd's bet on the Wolverines gives them a pair of engagements in their 2020 recruiting class. He joins four-star guard Zebac, who committed to previous staff last October. The two-person class now ranks No. 16 overall in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.