For my own edification, I decided to review the current roster to assess the potential number of openings available for this class.
Here's our current roster of scholarship players or contributing walk ons:
The team is allowed a total of 85 scholarship players.
From what I can tell, there are currently 71 players that are either on scholarship or are contributing walk ons.
There are seven contributing walk ons (highlighted in yellow) and nine potential 5th year players (highlighted in orange). If none of the 5th years or walk ons were given scholarships next year, then Michigan would have room for 30 new players in this class.
If we land Barnett, Rawls, Fisher, Willingham, Clark & Cooper, then we would need 23 scholarships for the incoming class leaving seven for the 5th years and walk ons.
Which of the 5th Years and walk ons should get the remaining seven scholarships next year? Here's my list:
- Van Bergen
If we only end up with 22 or 21 in the class or there's attrition in the spring, then Grady and Leach would be considered for the freed up scholarships.
Does anyone see any errors in my analysis?
EDIT - Removed Lalota and adjusted the numbers to reflect his departure per comments below.