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Posted on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 8:20 p.m.

Michigan football not bound to 25-player recruiting maximum

By Staff

The Michigan football team could potentially add as many as 28 recruits come signing day, and is not bound by a 25-player maximum, according to Brian Cook at

Previous radio reports, according to Cook, had said the Wolverines could sign no more than 25 players. But the Big Ten's director of compliance issued an email saying there was no rule that would mandate schools only sign 25.

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Sun, Dec 13, 2009 : 12:17 a.m.

ND got a bunch of 4-5 star recruits and they were average at best the last few years. It does not matter what star kids RR recruits. The defense will continue to stink, the offense will run up numbers against weak teams and get crushed against good defenses. You can win with 2-3 star recruits if your a good coach, but I believe the last two years have proven that RR is a very over rated head coach. I will get interested in recruiting again when I know the coach will develop their talent. I don't know why any defensive player would come to Michigan. In four years the head coach will never know your name. The defense recruits must be signing for the Harbaugh teams in 2011 and beyond.


Fri, Dec 11, 2009 : 3:19 p.m.

Give me a team with 4 and 5 star recruits and I'll beat your 2 and 3 star team 90% of the time. That's why RR is a failure


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 10:21 p.m.

I wish these kids all the luck in the world and I truly hope they succeed. However, what you folks seem to be forgetting is that the big reason for all the excitement over RR's hire 2 years ago was that, at Michigan, he would be able to get those top 5 recruiting classes full of 4 and 5 star players. He'd finally have the elite talent to push his system to the top and bring national champions to Michigan. If any of you deny it now, well, you know you're just not being truthful. We ALL thought that when he got hired. For him to now be bringing in classes that are no different then his WVU classes, then you have to ask, what was the point in coming to Michigan? He could have stayed at WVU and been God, but even he thought he'd suddenly have access to the super studs. As I said, I wish the kids the best of luck. They truly couldn't attend a finer school. I loved my years in Ann Arbor and know they will as well. My heart hopes they come through next year, my head thinks we'll have another tough season.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 8:04 p.m.

Cincinnati's team was pretty good this year right? It was built mainly on 2 star recruits with a couple of 3 stars dating back to 2006. Amazing what happens when a coach is given more than a couple years. We haven't won a NC in how long? and it was a shared one at that. So why so much impatience? If everyone here is that concerned with whats happening..... try to HELP by supporting your team - that includes players AND coaches instead of trying to kick them all when they are down.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 8:03 p.m.

Cincinnati's team was pretty good this year right? It was built mainly on 2 star recruits with a couple of 3 stars dating back to 2006. Amazing what happens when a coach is given more than a couple years. We haven't won a NC in how long? and it was a shared one at that. So why so much impatience? If everyone here is that concerned with whats happening..... try to HELP by supporting your team - that includes players AND coaches instead of trying to kick them all when they are down.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 7:40 p.m.

I agree that negative feedback and postings by the so called fans hurts our recruiting. I said it before and I will say it again, I have never seen comments by fans of any school that I have been associated with that were so viscious and counter productive as the number of negative commenters to this site. Tate, RR and the rest probably find it hurtful and demeaning and do their best to make things happen fast. Sometimes making bad decisions trying to calm the wolves. I just don't see that kind of lack of support and visciousness in the SEC. Don't say the SEC always makes. better decisions. It's lke breaking in a new glove or a pair of shoes, takes a little time and patience. It almost seems like the detractors continue making negative comments in hopes of doing everything they can to make RR a failure. Which will prove them right???? Put a sock in it and or say something positive!


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 4:06 p.m.

Colt Mccoy, Sam bradford and Toby Gierhart were alll three stars.Jeremiah Masoli had no stars and came in the same year as a 4 stared QB named Darron Thomas. Mark Ingram only had 4 stars,and tim tebow is the only finalist for the Hiesman that started with 5 stars, and people doubt weither he can play qb at the next level.Then you have the Jimmy clausens of the world that are 5 star busts. i could name plenty of them, but i think my point should be clear that recuiting ranks mean absolutly nothing.They are away for websites and recuiting "experts" to make money.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 12:39 p.m.

Practice starts next week.


Thu, Dec 10, 2009 : 10:16 a.m.

Good stuff Sparky79, for years I couldn't figure why Carr would get all these, "blue chippers, big dipper recruits and we were still getting bumped 1-2 times in the 10 and losing most our bowl games". Duh, then I got it, these Mich. recruiters didn't have an eye for their specific needs. Don't get me wrong it was great beating up the big ten but out of the 10 we were like fish out of water with the big boys. We did win some nice games but not against the big boys like Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, Florida State, Washington etc.. now don't get me wrong we could play with those guys when they were having average years but not when they were at their best. That national championship year with Charles at the helm was nice but it was against Washington State and because we should have cleaned their clocks and didn't we had to share the national title with Nebraska which kind of negates the mythical national champion philosophy. Anyways it was a nice win at the Rose Bowl and close. Stick with RR and we're going to compete with those teams when their playing at their best and sooner than later. RR and staff have an eye for recruits and not just the number of stars their labeled with, got it?


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 11:54 p.m.

I don't look at stars for a players potential. If he has the heart and works hard that's good enough for me. Michigan had some 4 and 5-star players that didn't live up to their potential, so that doesn't mean anything. If you have the Heart and work hard, that will get far in this game. So as far as I see RR knows what type of players he needs to build a championship program with. If you look at some of these colleges you haven't heard about like Cincy, they have a lot of 2 and 3 star players on there team that turned out pretty good. It's not the Star, It's the HEART!

Sean T.

Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 10:42 p.m.

Sparky, I can agree with the negative posters deterring these kids from signing but the nay-sayers are more down on RR than the kids. Everyone expects more from Rod and he hasn't delivered which builds animosity towards him. It's not just the Win/Loss ratio, it's the collapsing play and lack of leadership. Publicly RR admits to being least involved with the defense and that he focuses more on offense but his offense is barely better than our defense. Yes, it may show some flash like earlier in the season but you have to be honest that when conference play started it collapsed and it's not all due to being young! RR has actually had two good recruiting classes and we expect better play in 2010.


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 10:12 p.m.

And while on the topic of recruiting, I suggest our faithful here read MGoBlog recruiting guru TomVH's post about DB recruit Carvin Johnson, one of our "no star" finds that some folks around here like to act so negatively towards (like ever two- or three-star recruit). TomVH spoke with Carvin and the kids, without Tom even asking him, Johnson brought this up himself... "He also said that he didn't think the fans liked him because he didn't have enough stars. That was pretty much verbatim, and unprovoked. I didn't mention it, or bring it up, he did." This is a kid who *LSU* is now interested in and might offer. That's right, all you "know-it-all star-counting recruiting geniuses" we have around here who liked to rag on RichRod and his staff for recruiting this kid, and kids like Ray Vinopal (from the other week), and basically calling them all a bunch of losers, LSU is starting to knock on his door. Whoops! Looks like RichRod and Co's did a great job finding this kid before anyone else, and I'll continue to take his and his staff's opinion over you know-it-alls any day, and I certainly hope Carvin Johnson doesn't change his mind about coming to Michigan due to the negativity of you folks. Someone here a while back said something along the lines of we posters don't have any impact on recruits decisions. I said it before and I'll say it again... "Think again!" Johnson is just the latest one of our recruits to express this sentiment, following Vinopal (who made similar comments last week), and I know Drew Dileo made the same type of comments when he verbally committed (that Michigan fans were already questioning his ability because he's a little known three-star and he has to prove them wrong). I hope more folks will be considerate towards these kids and think before you open your mouth next time. The rebuilding process is going to be even longer and harder the more negative you act towards those who are trying to help out.