With the 14th commitment today from Standifer our class is really coming together well. With that said, there are still a lot of big names players with seemingly sincere interest in Michigan. I am not going to get into how many scholarships we have, we have absolutely no control over that but the coaches do and it seems as though they are recruiting close to a full class.
With that said I am going to make a list of the players I would love to add to this recruiting class. All of these guys are great players and would look great in the maize and blue. I am just curious what everyone though about positions and what players they like the most based on at least a little evidence please.
In order to get rid of the argument of scholarships or position I will let you create your class. you can chose to say we will have 21 spots and pick the 7 you would want. Or you can say we will have a 25 man class and do the same.
Here are some names I came up that I believe we are in on: Feel free to add any name you like I very likely forgot 1 or 2 guys.
Banner (OT), Burbridge (WR), Day (DT), Diamond (OT), Dunn (RB), Garmon (RB), Garnett (OT), J. Johnson, J. Jones (DT), Kalis (OT), Magnuson (OT), Morgan (DB), Pipkins (DT), Reeves (DB), Shittu (DT), Simmons (OT), Stanford (WR), Thurston (OT), Strobel (DE), Washington (DE), Wormley (DE)
Now I personally believe we will end up with a class of around 23-25 as many players as the coaches have told recruits we want at each position. My class will consist of a combination of what i believe is realistic and what I personally would want. The coaches are obviously way more qualified to do this than i am and this is why this is just to see what everyone here thinks with over half the class already filled brilliantly. For this I will make a 25 man class case as that is the absolute maximum:
I will start at QB and RB: I believe we want one of each.But with the talent at other positions of need and the addition of Shane Morris to the 2013 class, I am starting to believe we will only take elite talent at these two positions and we will only get one. I will say we get EITHER Kiel or Dunn and at the moment i would lean towards Dunn based on the tOSU problems that have been well documented here.
Give me Dunn.
WR: I think we will take 1 here since we don't seem to be recruiting it too hard. This is the position I feel like the choices are thin for a position of need. I love Stanford, everything about his tape made me want him. With that said, I think Burbridge is the most likely, especially if he qualifies which I believe he will. I'll say first to commit gets it but I'm going to say Burbridge.
OT: I haven't understood why people on here have said we should only take 4 or 5 OL's this year. It is our single biggest need. Period. We need OL badly and we are in on a ton of great ones too. The coaches said they will take 6 and I believe them and agree with them completely. Its not like we are in on much better players at any other positions to not take 6 IMHO.
Now for the 4 I like the most and believe we have the best chances of getting. Magnuson and Diamond meet both criteria. I think we are in very solid position with both and they are 2 of my favorites so they are easy picks. The other player I think we are currently in the best position with is Thurston and I love everything this kid has to say so ill add him. After that, I feel good but not great about our current position with the rest, so I'll take who I like the most and take Garnett. Although I think he is maybe the biggest longshot after watching all of their tape right now he stood out. With this said, any of Banner, Garnett, Kalis or Simmons and I would be more than thrilled. This was almost an impossible decision.
Magnuson, Diamond, Thurston and Garnett
DT: We are in on some great DT's and its a position of need. We are going to take 2. Pipkins is underrated. Yes underrated and he is a 4 star on every site, he will be moving up boards and although he may never get the 5th star, he will get pretty close i believe. Kid is a beast and i never understood why he was so low and not more talked about before a few of these combines where hes dominated. He isn't great against the double team thats the only thing I've heard which makes me laugh because I thought that was the point of a double team, free up other players to wreck havoc. I want him so bad. After him I think Johnson and Day are really both great and have their own strengths. I am going to take Day because I think his game film is a little better where Johnsons more impressive at combines. I will add that Shittu and Jones are 2 of my 3 favorites with Pipkins but until they have completely decomitted from Stanford and PSU respectively I don't love our chances.
Pipkins and Day
DE: I am going to be told I am crazy here. But I believe we take 2 more. Yes, 2 more. Give me Wormely for obvious reasons. Then I think we will end up with Strobel. Academics are huge for him, he just visited and tOSU was his leader. i honestly think it will come down to us and ND for his services. I will add that if we get Stanford at WR before Burbridge, we will get Washington, I would barely rather have those two but they plan on waiting still so there may not be room. That is my reasoning for this.
Wormely and Strobel
DB: Only 1 spot left. We will most likely end up with Morgan. He may not be deciding tomorrow like we thought was a foregone conclusion but I still think he decides before Reeves. We may not even lead for Reeves.
Lets hear what everyone thinks of my lists. Feel free to disagree completely. i know i am only putting top tier talent on these lists and being optimistic in many cases but i think we have got into a perfect storm for recruiting this year and I think this is actually possible.