There has been a lot of talk about RR's recruiting efforts, especially on defense. When the 2010 class arrives at Michigan there will have 3 DTs and a converted FB on scholarship. So how can RR no offer a DT from Detroit with offers from both O$U and Oklahoma? Hankins has been rumored to really like Michigan and would commit with an offer. It seems that RR is being more picky than we would be led to think.
With no bowl game to prepare for RR was able to get the recruiting process for 2010 in full swing earlier than he or anyone else wanted. This led to him offering approximately 160 recruits. This was pretty inconsistent with the way Michigan usually does business. I don't think RR offered that many players in 2009. Having that many offers to fill about 20-22 scholarships would seem reckless. This even led to RR telling a player he had offered that would have to wait and could not commit immediately. A lot of this is the result of such a subpar 2008 season that will hopefully not continue in the future. So it seems that RR has offered many more recruits then he needs, possibly some he really doesn't want, yet still no offer for Jonathon Hankins at a position of great need.
Word from the camp where the Hankins offer was decided is that he was still out of shape. Hankins was told to work on his conditioning and a offer could still be issued. So RR has offered over 160 recruits but not one in his back yard with offers from top schools. What gives? RR always talks about how he and Barwis want kids who love football and want to work hard. I am totally for that but at the same time you have to be a pragmatist. Isn't it better to gamble that Barwis can fix Hankins instead of taking a lesser talent? Its also possible that RR is holding out the offer like a carrot to motivate him, but that seems inconsistent with the slew offers he gave out.
For the most part people believe that RR knows what he is doing on offense and with recruiting on that side of the ball. The defense is more in the hands of GERG and other assistant coaches. I don't know much recruiting is delegated and whatnot but it is safe to say RR is not a proven defensive recruiter yet.