It's become vogue, from Rosenberg, to Sharp, to current OSU commits, to talk about how little Rich Rodriguez is recruiting the state of Michigan, how well Dantonio is doing so, and how this spells trouble for Michigan athletics. Setting aside that we already have numerous offers out to 2010 recruits in the state, I thought I'd look back at Michigan history to see just how important the state of Michigan has been to Michigan football:
-Of the top 10 rushers in Michigan history, only one (Tyrone Wheatley) went to HS in the state. By contrast, three were from North Carolina.
-Of the top 10 passers in Michigan history, 1 is from in-state (Rick Leach is from Ann Arbor) - though I couldn't find hometowns of Steve Smith or John Wangler.
-Of the top 10 receivers in Michigan history, 1 (Braylon) is from the state of Michigan
-3 of Michigan's top 10 tacklers are from in-state (Sword, Anderson, Morrison)
-2 of Michigan's top 10 in sacks (Woodley, Brandon Graham are from in-state)
So - it would appear that most of Michigan's peak performers have come from out of the state. Looking at the best team in recent memory - the 1997 team, 6 of the 24 starters (including kicker and punter) came from in-state:
FB Chris Floyd
CB Andre Weathers
LB Clint Copenhaver
DT Rob Renes
OT Jon Jansen
LB Sam Sword
This year, 8 of 24 are from in-state.