Looking at the ESPN class rankings, I am trying to figure out what asinine methodology they must use to come up with their results. Michigan is currently #19, with 1 five star, 6 four stars, 18 three stars, and 2 two stars. South Carolina, ranked one spot ahead, has 5 four stars, 11 three stars, a couple JC transfers, and a bunch of two stars and unrated players*. Similar comparisons exist in Michigan's favor for #15 Stanford, #16 Texas A&M, and #17 Clemson (Michigan also seems to be about equal in quality to #13 Miami and #14 Ohio State, but the numbers are less clear there).
Anyway, I just can't make heads nor tails of it. The only thing that could possibly make sense to me is if ESPN evaluates classes by the average player ranking, in which case signing a greater quantity of 3-stars might have hurt Michigan.
*This includes players who didn't qualify in 2009 and are making another go at it. ESPN did not count them on their class rankings page.
UPDATE: Well, about 5 seconds after posting this, ESPN updated their rankings. Michigan is now #14, and beat now-#16 OSU.