|Dee Hart||RB||Orlando, FL|
|Kris Frost||LB||Matthews, NC|
|Brennen Beyer||DE||Canton, MI|
|Kellen Jones||MLB||Houston, TX|
|Anthony Zettel||Jumbo ATH||West Branch, MI|
|Blake Countess||CB||Olney, MD|
|Justice Hayes||RB||Grand Blanc, MI|
|Dallas Crawford||DB||South Fort Myers, FL|
|Thomas Rawls||RB||Flint, MI|
|Jack Miller||OL||Toledo, OH|
|Chris Rock||DE||Columbus, OH|
|Desmond Morgan||MLB||Holland, MI|
|Greg Brown||CB||Fremont, OH|
|Delonte Hollowell||CB||Detroit, MI|
|Hakeem Flowers||WR||Greenville, SC|
|Chris Bryant||OT||Chicago, IL|
|Tony Posada||OT||Tampa, FL|
|Rob Trudo||DT||Farrell, PA|
|Matt Goudis||K||West Hills, CA|
Michigan picked up a commitment from Blake Countess, helping out the slim depth in the secondary. Michigan also reportedly leads for Matthews, NC OLB Kris Frost. Both four star players help this class immediately, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The kicking game got a boost when kicker Matt Goudis flipped his commitment from Boise State to Michigan.
Michigan hopes to land Kris Frost and Anthony Zettel. The staff also hopes they can get Thomas Rawls who is close to qualifying. It has been reported that both Hakeem Flowers and Chris Bryant are heavy Michigan leans while they remain hopeful that at least one defensive tackle sings with them. Watch out for Farrell, PA DT Rob Trudo, who currently his committed to Syracuse. Another player to keep an eye on is Prince Holloway, a slot wide receiver from Cape Coral who is close to committing. It is unknown whether Holloway is qualified and has a committable offer from the staff. With that said Holloway is a great talent who fits the slot receiver position as well as anyone.
For the star gazers: When looking at “star rankings” we’ll assume that Dee Hart and Dallas Crawford earn their well deserved extra stars (likely scenario that Crawford earns a 4th star after a terrific senior season and Hart earns his as he dominates the Army game). If that is the case, Michigan would average 3.5 stars per recruit. If you take that and compare it to the top 25 recruiting classes per scout.com Michigan would stand in the top 10 in the nation. This class is a lot better than most think. Defensively Michigan is led by commits Brennen Beyer, Kellen Jones, Blake Countess and Dallas Crawford. The defensive class alone averages 3.54 stars per recruit. Again, this would be top 10 in the nation. Offensively Michigan hopes to hang onto Dee Hart while Justice Hayes and Jake Fisher are players who look to make an early impact at Michigan. This offensive class averages 3.5 stars. Probably as a surprise to most, if Michigan lands the class that I project the defensive class would be better than the offensive class.
Overall you can start to see the roster and depth taking place. Although it has taken longer than most expected, this team is starting to take shape. The linebacker depth is looking better than most think while the defensive backfield is starting to get some depth and experience. You cannot blame the staff for the lack of depth in the secondary as they have had some tough luck with recruits not making it in and others leaving early to the NFL or transferring. The staff has had trouble recruiting the defensive line and that appears to continue to be the case. It would be huge for the staff to land both Zettel and Trudo this season.
One thing that Coach Rodriguez and his staff have proven over the last few years is that they know how to close a recruiting class. Look for the staff to really turn up the heat on southern prospects in January and I won’t be shocked if we hear at least some mention of some 5 star kids planning visit, especially if Rodriguez is back for 2011.