Michigan's recruiting has been an interesting parallel to the actual performance on the football field in particular. Fast promising starts that lead to under whelming and disappointing finishes. Ohio should NOT be out-recruiting us in Football or Basketball but they are. We should not be watching kids like Webb, McDowell and possibly Cole commit to other schools....but we have and just might lose out on the whole trio. We have done a nice job in recruiting but we are now coming to face the consequences of broken promises and misleads. Kids were being sold on winning the B1G and playing for National Titles. We are no where near either of those goals.....and that is what Michigan should always be in contention for. We haven't been a contender since 2006. So when will it change?
The change has to come from a special team. Possibly Team #135. It seems like Michigan is attempting to cheat the process by reeling in 5 star talents to fix the problem before proven coaching and a restored "Brand" is in order. Michigan needs to win and they need to win last year.....the excuses about 2nd year offense this and 3rd year offense that are lame and not what top talent wants to hear. Top Talent wants to win and play top level college football. Michigan is NOT playing top level college football at the moment....and when you retain the entire staff of a POWERHOUSE program that is severely underachieving you are not sending a message to recruits that you are serious about winning.
Michigan needs to win 10 plus football games year in and year out and win rivalry games. Thats what kids see and thats what will convince them to come to Michigan. The recruits that aren't Michigan Kids need another reason besides the Winged Helmet to come to this program. They want to win. Ohio is winning. Bama is winning. FSU and Oregon are winning. These programs can legitimately tell recruits that they will play for conference and National title games. What can we legitimately tell our recruits? Honestly. We need to cut the damn excuses and raise the expectation levels of this program immediately before we judge commits or recruits for looking elsewhere.
The Change starts with the Kansas State game and anything less then a supreme sense of urgency around the program will simply speak loud and clear that we as a program have fully accepted our current and lengthy state of mediocrity. The only thing that can pull us out of this mess is some improved coaching and the members of this football team deciding that they want it to look like Michigan again. It's sure as hell been a while since we've seen some Michigan Football.
We do need a Few Good Men and recruiting will always be paramount. We need to focus on making sure that we have Michigan Level coaches and that they are developing our kids to be Michigan football players. A few 10+ win seasons from now we could be where we want to be....and thats preparing for USC in the Rose Bowl. Anything less is a failure and until we ALL start thinking like that, we will continue to look up to our Rivals in the standings.
It's all in the Process and there are no shortcuts.