4. Michigan Wolverines
5* players: 0
4* players: 6
3* players: 8
Need proof that size is the only thing that seems to matter in the recruiting business these days? Take a look at what happened to the Michigan Wolverines, who were stuck at the bottom of the Big Ten with as few as nine verbal commitments just about a week ago. A good finish to the final week and some decent official additions on national signing day and suddenly they shot to the middle of the conference.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t have much time to do his thing on the recruiting trail, but he did manage to pull in some big fish, including 4-star quarterback Zach Gentry (former Texas commit) and Michigan legacy Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (4-star TE) down the stretch.
Getting Gentry in with another 4-star quarterback (Alex Malzone) already in the fold was perhaps the greatest example of the power Harbaugh has on the recruiting trail. Considering the shambles this class was in, it’s hard not to like what this staff did in the lead up to national signing day.
However, they took one on the chin during that day and it started early with Chris Clark choosing UCLA and ended with Imam Marshall choosing USC over the Wolverines (and two others in the middle going elsewhere too). That’s part of the equation, but there’s no Big Ten school that got more bang for its buck in terms of highly rated recruits vs. overall numbers.
There’s no doubt that with more time Harbaugh can bring the Wolverines right back to the top, but if the final weeks showed anything his name and the Michigan legacy aren’t going to be enough to win the majority of battles alone. As long as the Wolverines show an upward trend during the 2015 season it will help come next national signing day.