Now that the 2013 class is wrapped up and 2014 commits are starting to trickle in, I thought it'd be good to get a collective picture of where Michigan's class might end up. So, let's hear your thoughts recruiting experts, twitter stalkers, and Bama fan imposters.
Using the great 2014 offer board from Magnus at Touch the Banner, here's the names that I, as a casual follower of recruiting, have heard mentioned with Michigan frequently. Feel free to tell me anyone that I'm overlooking that has given Michigan love (or who I've erroneously included with no actual Michigan love) and I'll edit this list.
QB - Wilton Speight - Commit
Jalen Hurd, Jonathan Hilliman, Elijah Hood, Joe Mixon, Edits: Kalen Ballage, Shai McKenzie
WR - Artavis Scott, Drake Harris, Corey Holmes, Christian McCaffrey
TE - Daniel Helm (I can't remember, Edit: Tyler Luatua, "MUST ADD" Garrett Dickerson, Nic Weishar
OT - Alex Bars, Damian Prince Edit: Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Braden Smith
OG - Mason Cole - Commit, Jamarco Jones, Edit: Sam Mustipher
C - Tommy Doles
DE - Malik McDowell, Lawrence Marshall,
Joe Henderson, Da'Shawn Hand (I can dream) (Edit: you guys convinced me, Mich has a good shot at him. Mostly Aquaman convinced me.) , Jae'Sean Tate, Edit: Andrew Williams
DT - Bryan Mone - Commit
LB - Michael Ferns - Commit, Kyle Berger, Nyles Morgan
CB - Parrker Westphal, Troy Vincent, Jabrill Peppers. Edit: Adoree' Jackson
S - Montae Nicholson, Jamal Adams, Erick Smith, Edit, edit (moved from WR): Juju Smith
Again, that's a very imprecise list, so feel free to correct me. Have at it, folks.
If we can come to some sort of consensus (or if someone has reasoning behind an assertion) as to which are the most likely to commit at any given position (guessing at staff decisions on numbers), I'll update with a final projected class.
Denard is (losing early) in the finals against Ryan Swope from Texas A&M. Everybody go vote & spread this around, or complain about how you don't want Denard on the cover because of the Madden curse(?)!
I'm sure Denard gets money off of this and has been promoting this himself, so let's give the man what he wants!
Go vote here:
Despite the fact that it was a relatively small sample of QB play this season, Gardner looked pretty damn good at times, including an impressive performance against the mighty South Carolina defense. What do you think his ceiling is? Let's say the levels are:
-All B1G QB
-All American QB
-Top 15 pick
-Top 5 pick
-Number 1 overall pick
Obviously, a wide range of possibilities, but this is assuming again, an optimistic ceiling, not a prediction of what he'll necessarily turn out to be. Personally, I think his ceiling is somewhere around All-American/Heisman Finalist, a lot will also depend on his redshirt and the success of team the next couple years.
In case you need a reminder:
You stay classy, Nick Saban.
I always hoped to be undefeated facing ohio in the snow at The Big House.