The 2011 class is over, so it's time to look ahead to next year. But first...
As you may recall, Michigan signed 19 talented high schoolers last Wednesday, including a signing Day surprise(ish) in TX TE Chris Barnett. Yes, I mostly just wanted an excuse to use this picture again.
Of course, OH S Greg Brown was already enrolled in Ann Arbor, and didn't need to fax his LOI.
As for the other prospects who were still on the table:
MD DT Darian Coopersigned with Iowa. He had been favoring the Hawkeyes for some time, and a late push by Michigan (courtesy of defensive coordinator Greg Mattison) couldn't sway him to be blue.
CO LB Leilon Wilingham signed with UCF. He committed to Texas A&M without ever visiting, and then had reported silent commitments to Colorado and Michigan before switching to the Knights on Signing Day. He's a loss for Michigan's class, but sounds like a kid who can't make up his mind, either.
For those who can't stop asking about FL WR Prince Holloway despite repeated claims he wouldn't come to Michigan, he signed a letter of intent to a Junior College in Kansas.
Since I've been actively neglecting the 2012 class in favor of in-depth coverage of 2011 for the past couple weeks, updates from rising seniors should be hectic throughout the month of February. Things should settle down by the end of the month, and look for a recruiting board (with revamped format) by that time.
First, let's look at a list of 2012 recruits with offers:
Michigan has an offer out to WA OL Zach Banner, who has already committed to participate in next year's Army All-American Bowl. He's one of the top prospects in the nation, and is probably a longshot for the Wolverines.
DC DT Eddie Goldman, one of the nation's top defensive linemen, holds a Michigan offer, but is probably a longshot.
Ohio State-centric recruiting experts are already conceding OH DE Chris Wormleyto the Wolverines. His reasoning gets a little muddled, but if Ohio State will give up Wormley in order to land Adolphus Washington and Greg McMullen, more power to them.
Yes, I want Wormley. No, I am not going to lose any sleep over his decision to go to Michigan should be choose to do so. Great kid and I wish him all the best should that be where he chooses to spend the next four or five years of his life.
Wormley is going to be a solid 4-star or borderline 5-star guy, so Michigan's recruiting class should get a great early boost should he decide for the Wolverines.
There may be a couple more offers out there, but this is (almost) all of them that I'm aware of. A couple guys are already committed to other schools - such as FL WR Avery Johnson to LSU - so I haven't included them.
Before expressing worry about "Hey, this kid loves Michigan and we're slipping because we haven't offered him yet," keep in mind that the Michigan staff wants to evaluate prospects on film before extending an official offer. Some of them may even be close to committing if they held a Michigan offer, and the coaches want to know for sure whether it's a prospect that they really want before the kid potentially joins the Class of 2012. Offers should be coming soon for a lot of these guys, so it's not a huge delay, especially for a new coaching staff. Here are some of the guys for whom that possibly applies:
A safety with that size and instincts, a sound tackler who is comfortable in both the run and pass is going to be a big time recruit. Should be a prospect that can come in and player earlier than later. The weaknesses we see are nothing that can’t be corrected with solid coaching and a willing learner, which Bradley is.
Bradley's from Trotwood-Madison, one of Michigan's favorite schools of late.
Happy Trails (already!) to AZ QB Connor Brewer. One of the top pro-style QBs in the country committed to Texas.
I am hoping the CASS guys all make it to the Junior Days that are coming up. Tim, do you know exactly when those are going to be? I have heard rumors about around Feb 20 or early March. Why is it taking so long for RJS to get an offer, when guys like Ross have already gotten one. I am assuming that Ross received an offer while RR was still the coach. Any insight into new regimes evaluation process? Does Hoke have a history of seeing guys face to face before offering?
Is Michigan a longshot at some of those top-rated recruits because it has fallen in stature over the last few years, or because they have not had time to build relationships with these recruits, with the new coaching staff? Is it something else, or are they longshots for all teams?
update,we are in on alot of top guys.My early wish list would be Robert Gregory,Stefon Diggs,Jordan Diamond,Chris Wormley,Danny O'brien,James BIGGS Ross,Royce Jenkins Stone,Terry Richardson,and Bam Bradley.Plus a couple more OL,DL,and a couple skill players GO BLUE!!!
If we get Diggs, Wormley, Diamond, O'Brien, Ross, Jenkins-Stone, Richardson, Laron Taylor, Godin, Mahone, Bam Bradley, Gant, Idefali, Devin Funchess, Mario Ojemudia,and Pharoah Brown I think that'd be a Top 10 national class, possibly 5.
Gentlemen, start your engines for 2012!!!
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Gant is certainly among those who might receive an offer, he's just not one of the guys that people are constantly asking about, and there were no updates on him this week. Since there was a crunch for space, I didn't include anyone who didn't fall into those two categories.
As far as where Michigan stands, he's said to be a big Ohio State fan, so they definitely lead. If the Buckeyes offer, I assume he's Columbus-bound. Michigan is probably in the next group of schools.
Bummed to see this kid already sign with Texas. IMO he is the best QB in the class and can make any throw... kids really good. Also I have mentioned this before, but can we PLEASE pursue Aaron Burbridge as much as we can. I still cant get over what I saw from him in the state championship game. He could definetely be that big time reciever we have been looking for. Hopefully he loves the offer and is an early sign.