Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Recruiting Snapshot: Michigan

Brian Cole, Jim Harbaugh, and Tyree Kinnel (left to right)
Yeah, that's right. Michigan. What is up with Michigan's recruiting?

2015 Team Ranking: #38. Michigan signed six 4-stars and eight 3-stars in February. The 14 total signees is Michigan's smallest class in the Rivals era, which began in 2002.

Cream of 2015 Crop: The biggest fish is Saginaw (MI) Heritage wide receiver Brian Cole, who was a 4-star, the #5 athlete, and #74 overall. Cole was a speedy jack of all trades in high school, playing running back, receiver, safety, returner, and punter. He enrolled early in the spring and got positive reviews, although he needs to get stronger in order to match up against college players. The Wolverines also pulled in a late steal in the form of Albuquerque (NM) Eldorado quarterback Zach Gentry, a 6'7", 230 lb. pro-style quarterback who's a 4-star, the #8 player at his position, and #175 overall.

2016 Team Ranking:
 #31. Michigan has three 4-stars and three 3-stars committed.

Cream of 2016 Crop: Michigan's highest rated recruit so far is Downers Grove (IL) South offensive tackle Erik Swenson, who committed to Michigan in November 2013 and has since pulled in an offer from Alabama. He's a 4-star, the #17 offensive tackle, and #158 overall. Slightly behind him is Avon (IN) Avon quarterback Brandon Peters, who chose Michigan over LSU in early April 2014. Peters is a 4-star, the #9 pro-style guy, and #185 overall.


  1. ah.. a transition class. I am expecting a decent 4-star-studded class in 2016 and a monster in 2017 after Harbaugh pulls a couple stunners this year. Why can't the season start already...

  2. He will need a monster in 2017, given the number of bodies we'll lose after 2016. But he's going to need to get a lot of mediocre players already on the roster to exceed expectations before that if we're going to have a top 20 team in less than 4-5 years. Hoke left him with basically no proven talent, no guys who are even at an all-conference level. Lots of guys who are "decent" or "solid", but no real playmakers.