WMU's mascot will always be a drugged out horse eating chips at 2 AM. It will not be a mean muscle horse. This is not up for debate.
Here comes my latest attempt to make my spreadsheets into cool interactive charts. If you haven't checked it before, I keep these Google Sheets of Michigan's recruiting and roster data going back to 1990, and those are back to being updated. I've also experimented before with Tableau and other interactive chart software.
The 2019 Class in Context:
/tap tap does it work?
If you see the "Viz" horray. The big yellow bubbles are the current 2019 commits, the blue are former players with available recruiting data in my database, and the maize bubbles are Michigan's current players. You can click on those groups below the chart to see them with more clarity (some players, e.g. Donovan Peoples-Jones, might be covered up otherwise). I've also included some filters so you can pop out certain eras, specific classes, or who had NFL careers.
Also you should be able to mouseover the chart to pull up each player, some career data, and the components that went into his ranking.
Things made apparent:
- Thanks to those 2016 and 2017 classes some of Michigan's highest-rated recruits at several positions are still on the team.
- Notably the current players are bit lower than the post-Bo standard distribution at DT, RB, and both safety spots. DT and RB are addressed in the 2019 class but not safety, unless Daxton Hill makes his way back into the class.
- The NFL draft picks, especially first-day picks, are bunched towards the top of the recruiting rankings. B.J. Askew was the only low 3-star to get drafted as high as the third round, and Frank Clark is the only recent first-day pick who was less than a 4-star. If they NFL wasn't dumb Maurice Hurst would be in there.
Recruiting stars matter, even if the distribution is wide. That said, how does the 2019 class stack up so far?
[Hit THE JUMP if you want more mouseovers]