Prior to Michigan’s most recent weekend recruiting bonanza, the Wolverines were holding firm with three verbal commitments for the 2013 class. They included longtime verbals QB Shane Morris and DB Dymonte Thomas along with currently unranked TE Khalid Hill.
But as of right now, the 2013 class has grown by 10 to an ever-impressive 13. And what is most important regarding these recent additions is that they are all ranked within the top 200 nationally depending upon which source you choose to review. Six are in the ESPN watch 150.
Now to put in perspective how big this is for the Michigan program…Ohio State has four verbals so far for 2013; One 5-star and three-stars. Michigan State has two verbals, one being a 4-star LB. Michigan has more verbals than every other Big Ten team combined and 10 of the 11 verbals are all top 200. Pretty impressive I’d say!
Plus, this staff recruits the old school way…in person.
Coach Hoke and company choose not to use use ANY social media to assist in the recruitment of potential future Wolverines. This means no Facebook and Twitter and no Email when possible. Rarely does coach even extend an offer without doing it face to face.
In addition, Coach Hoke’s strategy when meeting with the young adults and their families is to never negative recruit against the other perspective schools. Heck, it’s said that Michigan never even mentions any other schools formally by name.
This “strategy” allowed the Michigan program to withstand the Meyer hire at OSU unlike other schools in the Big Ten Conference.
Not one of the verbals in the early fall failed to sign their Letter of Intent (LOI) to the Wolverines three weeks ago on National Signing Day.
Brady Hoke and Michigan built their 2012 class from the most important of foundations, the trenches.
They brought back the big buffet-blasting lineman. Being able to get the commits early then holding onto them through the hectic and often shady persuasions of other schools is amazing. It helps that they were able to jump right on evaluating and reaching out to these targets almost a year ahead of most other schools, getting the kids on campus and extending offers first is what has propelled these two classes. The longer the kids feel apart of the Michigan family makes it even harder for them to decide to commit elsewhere.
We have to ask ourselves, what will this staff be able to do after 3 to 5 years of solid winning and a couple Big Ten titles? How good could these recruiting pulls be after say, a National Championship? We have seen that the 3 worst years in program history and the fact our previous coach did everything he could to burn the bridges of our instate relationships, has had little to no effect on the current staffs ability to bring the top tier talent and dominate the states of Michigan and Ohio in the recruiting battles against Little Brother and Shady U.
Coach Hoke has connections in the west from his short but impressive time at San Diego State and long time Wolverine coach RB coach Fred Jackson is a staple of recruiting in the south and right here in our backyard.
When I had the opportunity to speak with 2012 commit Erik Magnuson he told me that Brady Hoke’s approach had almost everything to do with Magnuson committing to Michigan.
Two of the eight verbals from the weekend are from the Columbus area and grew up Ohio fans, yet this staff was able to get them to feel that Michigan was the place for them. Tom Strobel also admitted to “hating” Michigan growing up. All of these things is what gives us the confidence that these classes will continue to evolve in to annual recruiting clinics for other schools and shows that it can be done the right way.
I for one am absolutely gitty over what the future hold for this program. Here is a complete list of the entier 2013 class of 13 commitments so far:
Projected Michigan Class of 2013
|Kyle Bosch||OL||4||6-5||285||Wheaton, Ill.|
|Jake Butt||TE||4||6-6||230||Pickerington, Ohio|
|Taco Charlton||DE||4||6-6||240||4.8||Pickerington, Ohio|
|David Dawson||OL||4||6-5||305||5.4||Detroit, Mich.|
|Jaron Dukes||WR||6-4||197||4.6||Columbus, Ohio|
|Chris Fox||OL||4||6-6||297||Parker, Colo.|
|Khalid Hill||TE||6-2||230||Detroit, Mich.|
|Patrick Kugler||OL||4||6-5||280||5.1||Wexford, Penn.|
|Jourdan Lewis||DB||4||5-11||170||Detroit, Mich.|
|Shane Morris||QB||4||6-3||183||4.6||Warren, Mich.|
|Wyatt Shallman||ATH||4||6-3||255||Novi, Mich.|
|Dymonte Thomas||DB||4||6-1||175||4.5||Alliance, Ohio|
|Logan Tuley-Tillman||OL||4||6-7||280||Peoria, Ill.|
What do these kids and the 2012 have in common? They are all huge and athletic. Its important to remember that the 2013 class are still in their Junior year and some are still only 16 years old and have some growing to do.
Once I have had a chance to watch film on all these guys I’m going to give some evaluations on each.
Also we have to give a shout out to the original member of the 2013 class and future fan favorite Shane Morris. He has been an important part of the recruitment of the 2012 and 2013 classes.
Nothing else to say about this other than Go Blue!