With the departure of Ferns, along with some potential early departures, we are looking at a recruiting class of 12-14 players. Rather than focusing on who exactly we are getting, how will the new coach fill the spots in limited time, etc. I am looking at where Michigan's recruiting needs are based on position.
Michigan should be taking a QB every year regardless of depth charts, and based on current needs we certainly need 1 here.
Unfortunately for Drake Johnson (and Michigan) his latest injury hurts depth now and in the future. As it stands there should be 4 contributors for next year so RB isn't a dire need, but a need nonetheless.
This is a position that can be filled by walk-ons and I don't see the need for offering a scholarship unless we are in on a truly elite player.
We are looking at 5 players here for 2 starting positions so this is certainly an area of utmost need.
Another position that needs depth and any real playing time logjams can be alleviated by moving someone outside.
Another position lacking depth and potential position switchers, so the need here for a true TE is needed.
Depth here is always tenuous so Michigan needs to take at least 1 true OT in 2015.
This is not a dire need but Michigan can never have enough linemen. This position looks the most likely to be filled.
The only players that have taken snaps here recently are both leaving after 2015 so this is a very important position to fill.
This is a well stocked position and with the small class size looks to be a position left un-recruited.
Depth not as great here so getting a NT (or NT/DT type) is definitely a need.
This position lacks depth and needs playmakers. This is the one position I see that needs to be filled even if the player is considered a flier.
This position has good depth and can be filled in by other D-Linemen.
With a new coaching staff coming in the positions here are bound to be somewhat reshuffled. Regardless depth is good but still needs a recruit to fill in for outgoing players.
This position is well filled and the small size of recruiting class should prevent anything but an elite prospect being recruited.
This is position is very lacking in depth and Michigan should be taking 2 players here even if they are not highly touted recruits.
After graduations Michigan needs at least 1 Kicker/Punter type recruit.
I was trying to hit the 12 Scholarship # but I still managed to reach 14. Earlier I thought based on the small recruiting class size it wouldn't be a bad idea to bank some scholarships for 2016. However it looks like Michigan should be using at a minimum 10 scholarships in 2015.
Well, with Ace resting up this week and not a lot of Michigan-related recruiting news over the past couple weeks (other than Mike Weber committing to OSU), I thought some recruiting rankings news/discussion might be interesting.
Over the past two weeks, Rivals updated their rankings for 2015 (top 100, top 250) and 2016 (top 100, top 250). All three of Michigan's 2016 commits are hanging out in the bottom third of the rankings, and three out of six 2015 commits are in the top 250.
By the way, Michigan is currently ranked #88 in recruiting. Coach or not, I think that's the lowest I've ever seen them ranked. They'll surely move up once a new coach is in place and a few more players hop on board, but...yikes.
This week's scouting report is on Salt Lake City (UT) Brighton linebacker Osa Masina, who was Michigan's first linebacker offer in the class of 2015. His 247 Sports Crystal Ball is point 90% to Utah because of his older brother there, but recruiting gurus are insistent that Michigan still has a strong chance.
Sam Webb had a tweet about 2015 local OT/OG Kyonta Stallworth. Kyonta committed to Dantonio and MSU in Dec. 2013. He also has an offer from Alabama. Kyonta visited Michigan's practices for two times, most recently today for the Spring Game.
Detroit King OL Kyonta Stallworth at #Michigan's spring game. 2nd Michigan practice in about 3 weeks— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) April 5, 2014
Given some 2015 OL targets have drifted away (for example, Sterling Jenkins), it may be a good idea to check out our backyard, and obviously our coaches are doing just that. It will be interesting to see if M offers him, and if M can flip him from Sparty.
This week's scouting report is on Lawrenceville (NJ) Lawrenceville Prep offensive tackle Grant Newsome. I've been a little surprised that he hasn't been mentioned around here (and other places in the interwebs) much because at this point, he's probably the most likely 2015 lineman to commit to Michigan. Penn State and Ohio State have done a good job recruiting the previous guy with that title, Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin's Sterling Jenkins. Newsome is a pretty solid prospect in his own right.