Recruiting - Where are we right now?

Submitted by James Burrill Angell on January 18th, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Alright, so it sounds like we've sort of now seen what there is to see as far as decommitments etc and we know that:

1) We currently have 10 solid commitments now that Goudis and Crawford switched their commitments and are gone, and Fisher is decommitted and nothing more than a possibility.

2) D. Hart (alabama) K. Frost (Auburn has now accepted his commitment) Crawford & Goudis (Miami) and the linebacker from last year Kinard (Miami) are all gone and not possiblities.

3) The new staff told Devin Lucien they were only interested in him for defense and he subsequently cut us.

So who's really left out there thats actually been offered and isn't a complete pipe dream (see Jernigan etc that have neither been visited or mentioned in a while and certainly not since the coaching change).

1) Stefan McClure, CB from California coming in to visit this weekend
2) Frank Clark, LB from Cleveland Glenville visiting this weekend
3) Raymon Taylor, in-state ATH also visiting this weekend
4) Matt Wile, K from San Diego also visiting this weekend

5) Fisher - our former lineman commit

6) Thomas Rawls - the RB from Flint area with test score issues.

7) Chris Bryant - OL from Chicago who visited this past weekend.

Is there anyone else seriously considering us?



January 18th, 2011 at 2:00 PM ^

We will be ok. We will have 27 juniors on are team next year followed by and 47 kids who can be sophmores next year or RS freshman, if Gardner and some other players get the medical RS then that will be like them being in this class. In the end I believe one not so good class will be ok aslong as we come back strong next year in recruiting.


January 18th, 2011 at 2:02 PM ^

 (and I hate to agree with Mike Valenti)

but, Michigan is going to have a hard time competing for elite recruits no matter who the head coach is, and that is because they refuse to "get their hands dirty". 

I am in no way saying Michigan should start breaking the rules or "get around them" like other schools (SEC) , but reality is that schools who do those things land the elite recruits.

Valenti mentioned this on the show a bunch last week. If you look at the past few NC contenders, they all run dirty programs or have a major booster than no one can compete with (Oregon)

Michigan refuses to stoop to those levels (which is a good thing) and as a result, miss out on the elite recruits.

It is alarming, though, that right now UM seems to be missing out on any recruit of note. 


January 18th, 2011 at 2:27 PM ^

We also lost a lot of that elite talent that we had in those classes ie Mallet, McGuffie, Demar Dorsey, Anthony LaLota (4 star), Vlad Emilien (4 star), Justin Turner, Boubacar, Brandon Smith. Not that this is anything new, but a lot of the top talen we have recruiter, didnt stay very long.


January 18th, 2011 at 3:41 PM ^

If you look at the recently changed recruiting rankings, we would have had either 2 or 3 five stars in this class, with a number of four stars if RR had been retained. 

I don't think RR was "getting dirty" with his recruiting, and this class would have been plenty good to compete with the big boys.


January 18th, 2011 at 2:05 PM ^

the biggest needs in this class left are K (Matt Willie), DB (McClure), and DT....I saw on Rivals that Timmy Jernigan still has us in his "top" category, if not hopefully hoke can pull one of his former San Diego State targets


January 18th, 2011 at 3:51 PM ^

I really think that if Hoke had been hired earlier, we'd have had a chance at Jernigan. As he's said during the process, he doesn't want to be double teamed at NG, and Hoke could have (possibly still can) tell him if he comes in, his talent could very well put UM (if they aren't already) in a position to run a 4 man front, that's how good he can be, etc.


January 18th, 2011 at 2:24 PM ^

If Hoke says recruiting starts in Michigan than he is a fool.  We are so close to Ohio and and Indiana and Wisconsin. There are plenty of recruits that will go to the OSU/Indiana/WI staff if they have the talent.  That's the initial problem, our weak recruiting program or our lack of looking outside our own backyard.  No disrespect to Michigan highschools, but man we gotta set our sights higher and farther and look outside of the box/state!


January 18th, 2011 at 2:33 PM ^

Why not dominate your back yard? Our recruiting, prior to RR, was always very strong. We ruled the state and plucked from across the nation. From Ohio, Texas, Cali, etc
<br>While brandon's slow motion in firing RR will hurt this year, it is likely that we will be back in the top 10 next year with recruits from Mich and everywhere else.

Don Keypunch

January 18th, 2011 at 2:41 PM ^

Has been on the rise as of late. I dont have it anymore, but the Maple Street Press' preseason review of Michigan had an excellent article in it about the return to recruiting in the midwest, especially in Ohio under the last few coaches. Had excellent points about how as the quantity of recruits from MI and OH tailed off so did the overall success of the team. This would have a lot more merit if I had a link to paste to it so if anyone wants to call BS go right ahead, I have nothing to back this claim up with!


January 18th, 2011 at 2:45 PM ^

Does anyone know about Antonio Poole, 4* OLB from Cincinnati, he hasn't received an offer from Mich according to scout, but just wondering if we've extended an offer or if there's any info on him


January 18th, 2011 at 2:57 PM ^

we wait until signing day before we form an opinion on this years class????

BTW, rawls is a freaking stud....if he gets in we won't even remember hart.


January 18th, 2011 at 3:57 PM ^

Not a lot of time, but Brady Hoke should be able to send quite a few new offers out, do some key  in-home visits, and finish strong.

I doubt Michigan will get to 19-20 commits this year,  which sucks since Michigan football recruiting has been in a perpetual state of "reconstruction" since the infamous "No. 2 ranked! 2005 recruiting class that later evaporated into the stratosphere.

Hoke is probably a decent recruiter in terms of building relationships over the longer term, but he *!news flash!* lacks the big name and celebrity-like star power to attract in a top 20 class in just 15 business days.  Next year should be better.

I think it's wise to adjust expectations for February 2's recruiting haul. And while you're at it, think 7-5 for 2011. Seriously.


January 18th, 2011 at 4:35 PM ^

You may be right, but I am holding out for 8-4 because the conference is losing a lot of good seniors, the team will be older, and Denard is staying.  And because I don't want to be "that guy" who complains because he doesn't see the sense of firing a 7-5 coach to get another guy to go 7-5.


January 19th, 2011 at 1:32 AM ^

How does the addition of Greg Mattison impact our recruiting? Seems like we have a few highly ranked defensive recruits that still show some interest in Michigan (i.e. Curtis Grant, Mickey Johnson, Tim Jernigan)

Do we have a shot at landing any of them?