From Matt Hinton as Dr Saturday on Yahoo NCAA Football.......
His top 8 underacheiving recruiting classes of the Decade
6. Michigan (2007). If they weren't scarred for life, the members of Lloyd Carr's final signing class were at least traumatized enough by the Wolverines' loss to Appalachian State in the first game of their college career that they went into a shell and never came out. Four years later, only five members of the entire class, cornerback Donovan Warren, defensive end Ryan Van Bergen, offensive linemen Mark Huyge and David Molk and cornerback Troy Woolfolk, had even emerged as regular starters, much less good ones.
Of course, the gem of the group, five-star quarterback Ryan Mallett, quickly fled Ann Arbor and the specter of Rich Rodriguez's spread offense in 2008 for a record-breaking career at Arkansas. But no one could have imagined then that his teammates – the top-ranked incoming class in the Big Ten – would sit so idly by as the program descended into the Dark Ages.
So, guys, while we may all wish that the current 2011 class was higher rated, let's remember that highly rated classes can have their issues too!