So the early meme on recruiting was that we just needed to win, and the recruits would come. IIRC, Brian and Tom VH suggested that this class was too late, but we would really see the payoff in 2012.
It now looks like a real possibility to end up with 9 - 10 wins this year. It also looks like we are only losing Schilling, Webb and Dorrenstein from the offense, meaning as good as the offense is this year, it will only be better next year.
It also looks like there is immediate playing time available for a killer safety, corner, and linebacker.
Does this change the recruiting equation? Sam has suggested a surprise 5 star recruit coming in for a visit. I'm wondering if Denard and the publicity and the possibility of immediate PT for a five star DB or LB is causing some to reconsider. After all, to be able to possibly play as a freshman on a MNC team . . . .does it get any better than that?
- is our performance this year going to change the equation, or is 2012 still the year?
- Are there any unexpected 5 star DB & LB candidates who are now seriously interested in Michigan?
- What does this do with our current commits? In particular, do we have to keep all of them, or do we subtly encourage some of the commits to reopen their recruiting (or get buried on the depth chart, with little chance of playing time.) I think you need to do at least two things: if better recruits are signing up, let current commits know that their commitment will be honored, but they are less and less likely to ever see the field.
- How many recruits do we sign? (Mods, when are you going to update the board?) In particular, do we oversign by one, assuming that out of 20 recruits, there will be at least one "Demar" disaster.
- What happens with Moore and Witty? And are there any others out there who were offered in a previous year (Conelius?) who we reoffer?
- Does our secondary disaster affect the mix of recruits taken?
- It seems like classes at top 10 schools are filling up earlier and earlier. Do they let recruits know the clock is ticking? In other words, we are willing to sign either corner A or corner B. Do we tell both, "there is room for only one corner between the two of you. Whoever signs first gets the spot. Once one signs, the offer is pulled from the other?
I really think that we are potentially going to get to 10 wins, and think that this is going to create some interesting recruiting problems.