Updated ESPN 300 for 2015

Submitted by Eat Your Wheatlies on June 18th, 2014 at 3:51 PM

ESPN has recently updated their top-300 for 2015, and Michigan currently has the 23rd ranked class. The only other B1G school ranked in the top 25 was Penn State at 4.

Michigan commits currently in the top-300 are:

Garrett Taylor (110)

Tyree Kinnel (188)

Grant Newsome (240)

Darrin Kirkland Jr. (263)

Other players of note:

George Campbell (11)...obviously not likely

Justin Hilliard (13)...doesn't seem to be trending well

Jashon Cornell (16)...no longer considering, just note-worthy

Keisean Lucier-South (18)...fingers crossed

Damien Harris (28)...not holding my breath

Jacques Patrick (50)

Hjalte Froholdt (99)...current Arkansas verbal; not sure if we're still in it

Chris Clark (108)...back off, Urby

Osa Masina (122)

Brian Cole (137)

Mikey Weber (153)

Shaun Crawford (157)...recently departed ND verbal


I'm sure I missed a few names. Sorry if the formatting sucks...I don't post often, but thought some might be interested.

Link: http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/playerrankings/_/view/rn300/sort/rank/class/2015




June 18th, 2014 at 4:02 PM ^

like to see KLS in this class. Just looking at the quality of the secondary in the coming years it will give an elite pass rusher that extra second or two which makes for a huge difference in production. Not to mention there would be the right balance of being able to compete for the 2 deep right away but not be relied upon for results from day one


June 19th, 2014 at 11:45 AM ^

Every position on D has legit depth... except WDE.   After Clark's graduation we are left with Ojemudia (Sr.) and Marshall (RFr./So.).   There are no other true WDEs on the roster.   Furbush may move there after a Redshirt but that is no guarantee.

KLS would be a huge get and a position of great need.   Would be inserted into the rotation as a true Fr and challenging for the starting spot as a Soph.


June 18th, 2014 at 4:30 PM ^

2015 commits to date (Rivals)

Andrew David - 2 star (like kickers are)

Tyree Kinnel 4 star

Alex Malzone 4 star

Darrin Kirkland Jr. 4 star

Grant Newsome 4 star

Garrett Taylor 4 star

Jon Runyan Jr. 3 star

Things clearly going horribly. We got a 2 star kicker and a 3 star lineman. If this is the outcomes of 7-6 what the hell happens when Hoke wins 9 or 10 again?


Avon Barksdale

June 18th, 2014 at 4:36 PM ^

The issue is, that could basically be it. We are guaranteed not one more blue chip recruit out of that bunch. That class, with 7-8 more three stars puts you once again outside Rivals top 25 for a second straight year. Not even Rich Rodriguez managed to do that.

Eat Your Wheatlies

June 18th, 2014 at 4:48 PM ^

Thank you.

It's nothing against the kids that are currently verballed, but what's the ceiling here? It's starting to look like the low, basement-level variety where you have to watch your head upon entering.

This class once contained a 5* RB and WR...now it's possible we fill our class with players who the coaches probably consider secondary options rather than must-haves.

No one is panicking, just realizing that the "experts" probably won't view this as a great class


June 18th, 2014 at 5:44 PM ^

This is nuts.  Our class is almost all 4-stars, or highly rated 3-stars, and we have a good number of 4-stars we have a very good shot with.  Why the panic?  Sure, it will be a small class, but on a per-recruit basis, it will be every bit as good as our best classes over the last decade, or very close to it.  


June 18th, 2014 at 5:15 PM ^

Really?  Not one more blue chip recruit?  How bout a 5* TE heavily favoring Michigan?  And do 4* kids not count?  The doom and gloom is crazy.  Cra-zy.

As for Rich...he actually recruited some pretty good classes.  The problem wasn't recruiting, it was retention.  Losing almost an entire class of 27 kids is worse than USC-level sanctions.  Follow that up with losing roughly half of another large class and it's about as bad as it gets (short of SMU).  That said, we are now getting strong classes and they're all staying (which is why the class sizes are now small).  Ok, you can go back to needlessly worrying now.


June 19th, 2014 at 7:57 AM ^

You two have a terrible case of star-hating. UM is second in the B1G with 4 top-300 on this list (behind PSU). The overall "ranking" will be low due to limited spots, but UM is "in on" Clark, KLS, Masina, Cole, Weber, and KLS (all would be higher on 247 comp than Taylor. Add Wheatley, Boykins, and Roseboro. Then consider Patrick and Hilliard as longer shots. There's still a lot on the board to be interested and excited about, and I'm sure there will be others over the next few months. 


June 19th, 2014 at 4:10 PM ^

Even with the over-signing and inviting healthy players to leave your statement is factually incorrect. You can pretend this class isn't a good one if you want, but you're wrong...and I think it'll continue to get better.


June 18th, 2014 at 5:56 PM ^

What about Wheatley?

EDIT:  Wheatley is a 3 star and outside the ESPN 300.  Weird that they have him that low considering he has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, USC and UCLA, in addition to us.