We all know about the football and basketball recruiting websites, but I was wondering if there were sites that show how we're doing for other sports like hockey, softball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis etc. I'd like to see a comparison for how we're doing recruiting against our fellow big ten schools and nationally.
Michigan recruiting rankings for non revenue sports
Student Sports does rankings for softball. They rank the Top 100 players nationally and then the Top 25 classes based on commits. Here's a link to the Top 25 classes for 2014, Michigan is 18th in the country with four commits, two are in the top 100 (#3 P Tera Blanco, and #100 SS/3B Amanda Vargas).
Aidan Falk is also in the class and she is the NY state career and single season home run record holder. I would rank her right near the top, and I think MGoSoftball is even higher on her potential than I am. Taylor Swearingen is the fourth member and she is also quite good. The people who do these sort of softball rankings lack even a small fraction of the resources of their football equivelents, and great players are often evaluated very little or not at all -- especially players not from California, Texas, or Florida.
Check out my post history (or MGoSoftball's hello posts) if you want to know more about this class, or the absolutely stacked 2015 class.
Volleyball: According to this mgoblue.com press release, two different publications ranked Michigan's 2014 class #7 in the country
Baseball: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ranked U-M's 2013 class #20 in the country and the top-ranked class in the Big Ten. Their ranking for 2014 isn't out yet. Perfect Game put out an early ranking of the 2014 class last December. The full top 100 is behind a paywall, but the only Big Ten teams in their top 35 are Nebraska at #26 and Maryland at #30.
Women's hoops: There are various ranking services, and I wouldn't put too much stock into any one of them. But the consensus would have Michigan's 2014 class in the 20-25 range nationally and probably third- or fourth-best in the Big Ten. The 2015 class will probably be in the top 20.
Lacrosse Inside Lacrosse and Lax Power have recruiting information for lacrosse. Note that Michigan's incoming freshman goalie Tommy Heidt earned praise for his performance in the Under Armor All-American Classic earlier this month.
Soccer College Soccer News is a good source for recruiting information (especially when they rate Michigan as the number two recruiting class in the nation.)
Inside Lacrosse had Michigan's 2016 class in their top 5, along with Duke, Hopkins, UNC and Virginia. Pretty good company for a program this young. That seems to be their first really big-time class, which makes sense as it takes some time to catch up with the big boys.
By the way, one of the highly ranked 2016 commits is Christian Ford. His grandfather wore #48 for the football team and accomplished some other significant things in his life too.
From all indications they are following up with another top class with 2017s.
Michigan is Michigan, but it's impressive that they are getting this done with no facilities yet and very few wins.
has the #1 incoming class (signed even before M defended its championship):
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's gymnastics team has announced the signing of three standout student-athletes to National Letters of Intent Wednesday (Nov. 20) for the 2014-15 season. The class, hailed as the top class in the country by StickItMedia.com, features 2013 United States junior P&G All-Around champion Dmitri Belanovski (Milwaukee, Wis./Nathan Hale), 2013 Junior Olympic All-Around champion Marvin Kimble (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton) and 2013 United States junior P&G floor exercise champion Marty Strech (Fountain Valley, Calif./Communications Academy).
Since this press release was published, Junior Olympic champion Marvin Kimble made the U.S. National Senior Team, joining recent M Grad and defending NCAA All-Around Champion Sam Mikulak.
I just want to take a minute to make a note of the fact the we're going to have a gymnast named Marty Strech. I really hope that's pronounced "Stretch" and not "Streck", because obviously.
We've dominated wrestling recruiting since bormet and pritzlaff joined the staff, teams gonna be legit for the next few years at least
I want to win every competitive event we sign up for and hang many banners in every building