Or something along those lines this year, then the interest level among the most elite recruits will perk up even more. ND and ohio both had great years (and were the two luckiest teams in Division 1 according to a study someone did, IIRC). They ended up with stellar classes this year. We ended up with a great class even with a less-than-great season. If we step up our record this year with a favorable home schedule, that factor added to what is now a demonstrably stable program and a coaching staff that has garnered increasing buzz about Michigan, some of these top kids may be signing up.
Let's Put Our Heads Together - Handicapping the 2014 Michigan Class
What about Leon Sandcastle?
Not sure how high the Interest is but I know he's been mentioned at Tight End
Last year we took a long snapper, so I wonder if we are in on any top holders this year?
Assuming that the class grows a bit (don't think that it is unrealistic to expect the class to end up around 20-23), I would predict:
QB - 1
RB - 2
WR - 3
TE - 2
OL - 3
DL - 4
LB - 2
CB - 2
S - 2
Plus a preferred walk-on to a low/mid 3 star QB
Oh.... Almost forgot - 2 long snappers and 4 holders
Adding a 3 star MAC QB as a walkon would be huge for the depth.
If we were to get jabrill peppers, adoree Jackson, and da'shawn hand I would have to stop following recruiting. This is the first time since I've become interested in this nonsense that Michigan is a serious player consistently.
You would have flipped out in the 90s.
I believe it. Could you get as excited back then though without all the rating sites?
You just had to trust Tom Lemming a lot.
No way, there will be a handful of three stars. They'll be solid players, but every class has the Csonte York or Channing Stribbling type guys. Maybe a second TE.
This is not a problem at all, but it will certainly happen.
Since the scouting sites were founded, I doubt there has ever been a class of 20+ recruits that was entirely four and five star players.
if you look back at the USC class that included Reggie Bush, I think this class might meet that criteria of only 4 and 5 star talent. Even more impressive, imo, was they did not take a single player from outside CA until they landed their second 5 star RB, Lendal White. Truly impressive class, indeed, and may also be the highest rated since, as you say, the scouting sites were founded.
I don't care what the recruiting experts say after reading a text or a tweet from a kid. He grew up a UM fan and will be part of this class.
I figured I could sneak over here for a second and give you a little help.
Juju Smith is being recruited at safety.
Kalen Ballage is a legit option at running back (90% he's being recruited there). Shai McKenzie is a possibility too; I'd add those two.
Hurd is a zero chance option.
Christian McCaffrey is high on the WR board; Michigan is the only school looking at him there.
Andrew Williams out of GA is a top target at DE. Still don't think Henderson has an offer.
Braden Smith likes Michigan; I'd put him at OT
Nick Watkins is a longshot, but will visit; put him at CB; same for Tyler Luatua at TE
Garrett Dickerson is a must-add at TE as is Nic Weishar
Michigan's chances with Hand are much more than a dream.
Hope that helps.
Thanks Aquaman! I'm glad you haven't forgotten us
Thanks for remembering the little people, dude. Keep up the good work and thanks, dude.