Michael Spath over at Rivals has a great article on how we finish the recruiting class at Michigan. (Link: http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1308899) He basically contrasts whether we recruit for areas of greatest need, or areas where the best athletes are available.
For details on who Spath recommends, go to the link. The one common element on both lists is Garnett. Regardless of whether we recruit for need or best available, Garnett is on the list.
Honestly, I would be thrilled to have ANY of the five athletes highlighted by Spath sign with Michigan, especially if headlined by Garnett.
I strongly agree with Spath that the OL needs to be a point of emphasis. These unsung heroes are the foundation of a successful offense. We are extremely fortunate on the (lack of) injuries this year.
If you do the math, we really should be recruiting five guys on the OL EVERY SINGLE YEAR. It may be ok to have 3 or 4 occasionally, especially if you know the quality one year is down, and you have a bumper crop the following year. However, having only two guys left in the class of 2013 and two left in the class of 2014 is potentially disastrous. Look at the depth chart! Not counting incoming freshmen, we have a total of eight guys on the offensive line, and one of those is Mealer, who has rarely, if ever, seen the field. We are just a couple key injuries away from an analagous situation to the decimated secondary of two years ago. Having five committed already, plus Williams at TE, is great. Having Garnett would be even better.
The other area I agree with as an area of need is receiver, whether WR or TE or both. We are a bit thin there, IMHE, and have to have another receiver.
There is one thing in Spath's analysis I find . . . intriguing. The prevailing wisdom is that Michigan will sign 28 in the incoming class of 2012. Spath only looks at three, which would give us a class of 26. Does Early Entry and losing Dunn to Ohio play havoc with signing 28?