Portions of this were put in all 3 papers, but this link seemed to be the most complete:
By Lemming's assessment, Michigan's recruiting class for 2011 is shaping up nicely, continuing a trend of improved recruiting that Lemming has seen develop under third-year coach Rich Rodriguez.
"They're in on more top guys than ever before under Rodriguez," Lemming said Tuesday night. "They're offering them and staying on top of them and I think the kids are waiting to see how the season shapes up.
"I think if they get off to a good start this year, you're going to see kids jumping on board real quick because Michigan has much tradition and facilities as anyone in the country. So it's just people waiting to see exciting football and I think that could happen this year."
Lemming said while many recruits remain in wait-and-see mode, Rodriguez can still offer up a plan for rebuilding as he enters his third year. In time, the Wolverines will have to produce, but because of what Michigan can offer academically and outside of football, Lemming feels Rodriguez and his staff still have a shot at top recruits even with disappointing seasons the past two years.
Most recruits realize Michigan is still trying to hone the spread offense Rodriguez introduced when he arrived. But after Rodriguez's first two seasons produced only eight wins and no bowl appearances, attracting recruits becomes tougher - even with the school's rich football tradition.
"It really comes down to the ability of the assistant coaches to sell the program to the kid," Lemming said. "If the coaches know about the tradition and everything like that and they're able to sell the academics, the facilities and also the future, then they're going to be successful.
"Michigan is still one of the elite teams nationally and so it's going to be a lot easier to sell that than (other places.)."