December 3rd, 2013 at 6:16 PM ^

Tough question.

I'll say Malik McDowell, a TBD midwest running back (Jeff Jones, Chris James, Justin Jackson, C.J. Hilliard, someone), and a TBD offensive lineman. I know that's not very specific but there's just not a whole lot of action right now. Things will probably pick up in December/January like they did last year with Reon Dawson, Cameron Hunt, etc.


December 3rd, 2013 at 6:19 PM ^

Even so, having just under a third of your 2014 in the Top 250 and having a class with a mean ranking among stars of 3.38 so far really is not bad news at all. The future still definitely seems rather bright, in my estimation. 


December 3rd, 2013 at 6:31 PM ^

But OSU still has a better class, so the gap isn't closing, just yet. Imaging if they go to the title game and win it.  It will be bad for michigan.  I am not sure how to close this gap between us and them.  They have better talent, better coaching staff, win at any cost AD, B10 loves them.


December 3rd, 2013 at 9:20 PM ^

because we have not beaten them except once in the last decade. and for us to go anywhete we will have to go through them. i cant believe i am being questioned about comparing ourselfto them, they r our rival and have been beating our ass for a long time. so there is a gap or something wrong. we have to benchmark to see our drficiency to go anywhere or close that gap. u r happy by just being close, i am not. i want to beat them more consistently

Bo Knows

December 3rd, 2013 at 6:56 PM ^

From the looks of it McDowell is the only guy in the top 250 left that we are after and he appears to be far from a sure thing.  Would be nice to reel him in though because this will be the lowest rated class Hoke has had to himself here, well according to rivals.


December 3rd, 2013 at 6:59 PM ^

Rivals uses the top 20 players in each class, so because Michigan only has 16 commits, that's "hurting" them in comparison to some other schools. Georgia and Florida are the only teams ahead of Michigan with 16 commits or fewer. Everyone else has more. It's a small class, so if it doesn't hit 20, the ranking is going to be a bit skewed.

Young John Beilein

December 3rd, 2013 at 7:23 PM ^

Has McDowell done anything to garner a rise in the rankings?  I know there is the belief that uncommitted players rise while committed ones drop and it seem like it could be at play here.   It seems that people watching Southfield this year were more impressed by Marshall. I understand that Malik has a rare combination of size and athleticism that gives him a higher ceiling, but I think the people rating him already knew about that.

I also don't know what Ferns has done to steadily drop from an early ranking in the top 50 I believe.  I think the Bama offer after he had already committed (firmly) speaks for his ability.


December 3rd, 2013 at 7:27 PM ^

That Michigan recruits for one reason or another gets jobbed every year. Once they commit to M they always drop every year. Go back and look at it. It's just crazy as to how far they drop after they commit. While every year others rise and end up doing squat in college.


December 4th, 2013 at 11:02 AM ^

6'6" 280 and fairly athletic....if hes not explosive enough or does not have the instincts or pad level ends up not fitting DL then flip him to OT....only so many 18 yr olds walking around at that size with decent feet and hands