A big part of the problem last year and this year has been the lack of quality football players at Michigan. There have been well-documented posts on the dearth of 4 & 5 star recruits, including the early departure of those who were highly rated.
On rare occasions, I have had personal contact with kids who are playing ball in High School. Typically, they are good kids, but run of the mill. For the most part, they aren't at the skill level to succeed playing major college ball, let alone in the pros.
However, at least twice, I have been talking with someone who does go on to play Division 1. This has caused me to ponder whether I "recruit" them for Michigan or not. It strikes me that sometimes, what is best for Michigan is NOT what is best for a player. The reverse is also true: what is best for a player sometimes is NOT best for Michigan.
My question is what you would do if one of your nephews or cousins or neighbor kids was a four star player. Would you want him to be at Michigan, no matter what? Would you tell him to go wherever he wants? What would you say?
Thankfully, we have a good school, and we can expect an eventual return to national prominence. But right now, the current state of affairs makes recruiting a harder sell.