Will Michigan Now Own N.J. Recruiting?

Submitted by Dizzy on January 14th, 2019 at 1:27 PM

With the recent hiring of Anthony Campanile, Michigan now has two elite N.J. recruiters on staff. In case you forgot, this is his bio per MLive:

"Campanile, of Fair Lawn, N.J., also spent the previous four seasons on staff at Rutgers, his alma mater, where he coached wide receivers and tight ends and served as a defensive assistant. He played four seasons for the Scarlet Knights, from 2001 to 2004, at linebacker and safety.

His recruiting prowess -- 247Sports ranks him as the 19th best recruiter in the ACC -- would give Michigan an added boost in the state of New Jersey and northeast."

Prior to coming to Michigan, Campanile's Wikipedia page says his coaching career looks like this:

  • 2006 Fair Lawn High School (LB)
  • 2007-2009 Don Bosco Prep (DC)
  • 2010-2011 Don Bosco Prep (OC)
  • 2012-2013 Rutgers (Defensive Assistant)
  • 2013-2015 Rutgers (WR/TE)
  • 2016-2017 Boston College (DB)
  • 2018 Boston College (Co-DC/DB)

So. Here's a guy who played 4 years of college football in N.J. and then coached there for 9 years afterwards, with 5 of those years at one of the best high school programs in the country, Don Bosco Prep.

Since he's been coaching in college he's had the impressive challenge of trying to recruit kids to Rutgers and Boston College. I'm sure he's excited to recruit for Michigan. Oh, and did I mention that Chris Partridge--arguably Michigan's best recruiter--is also on the staff? The guy who used to coach at Paramus Catholic? Yup.

Currently there are ten four stars in the 2020 class from New Jersey.



January 14th, 2019 at 3:13 PM ^

"Owning NJ in recruiting"?  I don't know if that is something you want to hang your hat on. 

Go "own" Texas, CA, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, etc.  Now that is an accomplishment that will change the # of W's or L's in a season.  I don't know think "owning NJ" is gonna change the talent level of our team.


January 14th, 2019 at 1:58 PM ^

Id rather dominate in state recruiting as opposed to New Jersey. New Jersey has one 5 star for 2019 which went to Bama. No 5 stars for 2020 and nobody currently ranked for 2021

In state Michigan has

2019: Two 5 stars. #18 overall recruit OT. #28 overall recruit OG. #62 overall recruit CB

2020: One 5 Star. #14 overall recruit OG. #95 overall recruit ATH

2021: Three 5 stars. #2 overall recruit OT. #10 overall recruit DT. #26 overall recruit OG. #69 overall recruit RB

In state talent is on the rise. New Jersey talent seems to be on the decline.

Gentleman Squirrels

January 14th, 2019 at 1:59 PM ^

Getting Campanile helps a lot. But PSU has made major headway into that state and is the biggest Power 5 school that's close to the state. Even OSU has gotten their fair share in the last couple years, though I'm not sure if that is due to Schiano or not. I think PSU will be the team to beat in NJ, with some elite level talent looking at Clemson, Bama, OSU as well. ND also has a decent number of recruits to come from NJ.


January 14th, 2019 at 3:16 PM ^

Yeah - New Jersey is one of those states where I don't think any singular school can "own" the state.  Certainly not "own" it to the same degree that OSU owns Ohio.

There will always be a number of schools that will be players in recruiting elite NJ talent.  You mentioned most of them.  But Michigan has done very well in terms of positioning themselves amongst those schools.  About all one can ask for (from the U-M POV).


January 14th, 2019 at 6:56 PM ^

Actually there is a school that could "own" it and that would be Rutgers. I'd be curious if they did "own" it during the tail end of the Schiano era when they were winning 8 and 9 games every year.

I think Penn State actually did a great job in the 70s and 80s in the state when Rutgers was a complete non-factor and nobody else was really getting into the state.


January 14th, 2019 at 7:20 PM ^

Rutgers could - but (1) I think it would take nearly a generation for "Rutgers is legit at football" to get embedded with local kids, and (2) I feel its tougher sledding vs. the Schiano era. 

The B1G wasn't as high-profile in NJ as it is now that Rutgers has joined.  Michigan and OSU weren't sniffing around as much.  Michigan and OSU will be permanent players for NJ recruits in the foreseeable future.

Out of curiosity, I looked up a couple years from Rutgers' mid-2000s hey-day:

2006: 2 5-star recruits in NJ, and 6 4-star recruits.  Rutgers got 2 of the 4-star recruits.

2007: 1 5-star recruit in NJ, and 5 4-star recruits.  Rutgers got 2 of the 4-star recruits.

That's decent.  But it's nowhere close to a "OSU in Ohio" situation either.




January 14th, 2019 at 3:32 PM ^

I think PSU collapses on the field this coming year.  With no McSorely, Barkley, Sanders, etc. they will be exposed.  Ton of kids transferring out, including a top 50 CB/S just this week.  Their new QB is awful and they are in the market for a transfer because they have no confidence in him.  Did you see how bad he, and their entire offense, was against us this past year?

I feel like the general mood of the program is bad right now.  Franklin's entire legacy is built on one extremely lucky win against OSU, after getting spanked by Michgan that year, with a generational talent in Barkley.  Another Barkley isn't walking thru PSU'sdoors any time soon.  They have another sub-par year, lose to us/MSU/OSU as usual, and the PSU bandwagon will be calling for Franklin's head again.  This makes it a little easier to recruit against them.

Also think part of the reason their offense, and in particular their WRs, sucked this past year was not having Gattis, who left for Bama and is now with the good guys.

Blue In NC

January 14th, 2019 at 3:48 PM ^

A decline is certainly possible/probable but I think you are overstating the whole "collapse" thing.  Franklin is still a good recruiter, has some decent coaches and they still have some talent.  Yes I think they might take a step back but they will still recruit well and attract talent.

We had our our top 50 guy decide to transfer, lost some coaches and have some talent going pro.  I have more confidence in Harbaugh but Michigan's situation isn't too far away from PSU's.


January 14th, 2019 at 5:39 PM ^

In my biased opinion, Franklin had 1 good season due to McSorely and Barkley.  They are gone now.  Their offensive talent coming back is not good, so their defense will have to carry them.  Their defense got fucking bullied by us and gave up.

Luckily for them, their OOC is incredibly weak.  They play @ Iowa, @ MSU, @ OSU, and home vs Michigan and Purdue.  Could see them losing all of those games.


January 14th, 2019 at 7:02 PM ^

They were Big Ten champions in 2016 and arguably the best team in the league in 2017. They had two 11 win seasons in those years. I don't know how you can argue he has only had 1 good season.

Even last year he had 3 losses by a combined 8 points!! Michigan blew them out. Fuck, it happens. 

Urban NachoShorts

January 14th, 2019 at 2:23 PM ^

Also doesn't hurt that Gattis has experience recruiting the state as well having just landed a 5* DE for Bama from North Jersey. I know it doesn't mean the state becomes a sure fire slam dunk from a recruiting standpoint but I would be pretty shocked if we don't start gaining some serious clout in that state once again. A North Jersey to AA pipeline would be a beautiful thing, Go Blue!!


January 14th, 2019 at 2:23 PM ^

As Partridge has moved up the coaching ranks at Michigan, he seems to have drifted away from his NJ roots - which makes sense since he's now more of a national guy. We're no longer getting the Rashan type players out of NJ.  I expect this hire to greatly improve NJ recruiting. 

Perkis-Size Me

January 14th, 2019 at 2:37 PM ^

We were already doing pretty well in N.J., so I’m not sure how much better it will really get.

What I’m really hoping is that now that Meyer is out at OSU, we can start making some further inroads into Ohio. Like it or not, we need to be able to recruit that state. Doesn’t need to be our primary source by by any stretch, and we’ll probably never outrecruit OSU in its own state, but still need to establish a decent footing in there. 

Mr Miggle

January 14th, 2019 at 2:52 PM ^

We signed the #7 recruit from NJ in 2019 and no one in 2018. Quite a drop off from 2016 and 2017.

Ohio was a better state to target when Meyer was there. Day has already said he's going to focus more on Ohio than Urban did and he's hired our best Ohio recruiter.

I'd like to see us make more inroads in PA. We used to do much better there and Gattis should help.


January 14th, 2019 at 2:50 PM ^

If Michigan had really owned NJ in 2014 (when Jabrill committed) and since, they could have had the 6th and 11th overall picks in the 2018 draft (Quenton Nelson and Minkah Fitzpatrick). Add players like Johnathan Taylor, Mike Gesicki, Jordan Fuller and Saeed Blacknell and, well, that might have led to a few more wins.


January 14th, 2019 at 3:19 PM ^

Is the 19th best recruiter in the ACC really that high?  He's 30th in the ACC for 2018.  ...and his national rank is 143.  Guy seems like a solid hire, and I'm honestly not 100% on how these rankings are compiled, but touting his recruiting seems like an oversell.  Maybe he's got some skills and he'll get a Michigan bump now that he's not trying to get people to BC or Rutgers.


January 14th, 2019 at 3:29 PM ^

Jay, who people seem to think should be on this staff partially due to his great recruiting, is ... 22nd in the B1G and 112th nationally. For reference, Brown is 70th nationally, while Warinner is 60th, and Partridge is 35th. 

This guy is basically on Jay's level while recruiting for a middling program.  He's adding a lot of recruiting firepower to the staff.