I realize this is a morose topic a few weeks out from signing day; however, as I prepare for This Month in MGoBlog History for January 2007, I came across the news of Indiana Safey Jerimy Finch decommiting. He was a 4 star and 37th nationally to Rivals and was set to join a young, untested Michigan secondary. On January 15 he decommitted and promptly committed to Indiana, though he would sign with Florida. Brian declared this the "worst decommitment ever". In hindsight, this wasn't that big a deal. Finch was later named the biggest recruiting bust for IU in the last ten years.
This has made me wonder if Brian's statement is still true. Finch was a highly rated player at a position of need. Given what was to come in the next few years, it probably didn't matter much one way or another. Three others come to mind since then that are probably bigger: Dee Hart, Damien Harris, and George Campbell. Hart and Campbell for what they would have meant to to the coach who recruited them. Hart was supposed to finally be the super athlete to thrive in Rodriguez's backfield. Didn't Campbell refer to himself as the "mayor" and was going to put together a magnificent recruiting class. Harris might be the biggest talent of any of these for Michigan to lose. Interestly but probably not coincidentally, all four of these guys decommitted from a coach who was out the door.
Are there any I am forgetting? Any who could have had a bigger impact on the program or had a lot of success at another program?
EDIT: I should have checked out Touch the Banner right away, but here's a great list of decommits and transfers.
Sam Webb updates the status of George Campbell and Damien Harris in the Detroit News. The status is much better for Harris than Campbell but Michigan is not out for either of them. Campbell insists Michigan's record had nothing to do with his decommitment because he feels he'd be part of the difference. The reason was that none of his family had visited Michigan and they felt he made a hasty decision. He's not sure if he will take an official visit to Michigan, but he hasn't ruled it out. He will make the decision when he has talked to more schools.
There have been other stories on Harris so I won't go into the details here. It does say that his mom feels the process will lead right back to Michigan.
The Rivals100 for 2015 has been released, and two Michigan commits are both in the top-10(!).
George Campbell- WR (#7)
Damien Harris - RB (#5)
Nice to see some positive recruiting news for the Wolverines.
Edit: Shaun Crawford checks in at #96 overall as well.
SIAP but I couldn't find this one anywhere. I think it's new news.
Rivals put up their 250 watchlist
Damien Harris 5* 6.1
George Campbell 4* 6.0
Shaun Crawford 4* 5.9
Tyree Kinnel 4* 5.8
Also of note:
Brian Cole 5.8
Jashon Cornell 5.9
Chuma Edoga 5.9
Hjalte Froholdt 5.8
Sterling Jenkins 6.0
Tim Settle 6.0
TJ Wheatley 5.9
Minkah Fitzpatrick 6.1
IIRC typically the breakdown of rating v stars is (edit: as pointed out below, since there's only 10 five stars right now, the breakdown is probably more like so:)
Interesting article featured in ESPN about this kid. Seems like a hard worker, with his head screwed on straight.
Mentions George Campbell and Damien Harris keeping up with him, hoping to sway him... Nice to hear
Sounds like Iowa has a shot with him, since they are the first to offer, and he is close with current player Broderick Binns.
Imagine what Mattison could do with him and Hand coming off opposite ends!!