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Posted on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

Mega guide to our college football signing day coverage

By Rich Rezler


Michigan football coach Brady Hoke speaks during the Michigan football signing day press conference at the Junge Champion Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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Signing day, when the decisions of 17-year-old boys can make grown men cry or jump for joy.

No matter your opinion of the hype surrounding the day football recruits can officially sign a letter of intent with a school, one truth is undeniable: It gives us another reason to talk about college football.

In Ann Arbor (and Ypsilanti, too), that talk was good. One of the few places it was better, it seems, was in Columbus, Ohio, where Urban Meyer and Ohio State put together a top-5 class.

Here is a roundup of our coverage from Wednesday:


Michigan recruiting class is strongest in the trenches, coaches say

Anchored in Michigan, Fred Jackson stresses importance of recruiting 'your backyard'

Notebook: Brady Hoke says social media has changed recruiting, in a bad way

Introducing each Michigan football recruit, according to coach Brady Hoke

Michigan football team receives letters of intent from all 25 verbal commitments

Video: Michigan coach Brady Hoke discusses the 2012 recruiting class

Michigan's recruiting class rises to No. 3 after early morning commit

For more details on individual players, visit our class of 2012 database, which includes links to stories and recruiting site-rankings for all 25 members. You can also find all of our recruiting stories here.

• produced the following video story from the Michigan press conference:


Ann Arbor native Juwan Lewis among balanced recruiting class headed to Eastern Michigan


Skyline's Jordan Woods and Pioneer's Drake Johnson are Big Ten-bound and more local signings

MORE COVERAGE team rankings (Michigan sixth) team rankings (Michigan fourth) rankings (Michigan eighth)



Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 10:09 a.m.

My vote was other because both Pipkins and Kalis could have the biggest impact next season. Since they are both on the DL, they should provide the help needed to replace the graduating seniors of the 2011 season. It is very difficult to judge how well these young men will do. My gut feeling is that Bardy Hoke's recruits have a better chance of succeeding than those in the previous recruiting classes under some of the recent coaching staffs. (No names) I am very impressed with the overall recruiting class of 2012. I look for real good things from the 3 star guys. Congrats to Brady Hoke and staff for the hard work in the recruiting class and good luck to all 25, soon to be 26 young men who will wear the Winged Helmet. Good job and thanks to on the series of stories posted during the recruiting season.


Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 3:47 a.m.

i would thump my chest harder but i'am afraid i might break one of my wing's. . . my color's are pretty, why won't anybody notice me? signed the parrot. . . nobody cares!!!! GO BLUE!!!!!!!!!!

Albee Macaw

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 2:36 a.m.

In Ann Arbor (and Ypsilanti, too), that talk was good. One of the few places it was better, it seems, was in Columbus, Ohio, where Urban Meyer and Ohio State put together a top-5 class. NICE

M Hendrickson

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Multiple recruits have said one reason they dropped Ohio from consideration was the internal fighting between Meyer and Fickel. Meyer wants to fire Fickel and Fickel feels humiliated that he didn't get to keep the head coach job.

Terry Star21

Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 3:09 a.m.

You're right, the 'talk' is always good at ohio. Family and health issues will unfortunately (again) cause the recruits to have two new head coaches in their tenure, maybe three. :(


Thu, Feb 2, 2012 : 3:01 a.m.

We'll see who has the last laugh on Friday when Jordan Diamond makes his decision, ultimately deciding which school, Michigan or Ohio, has the better class for 2012. If you aren't capable of following that logic, If Jordan Diamond picks Michigan, it will boost our class past the Buckeyes. If he doesn't choose Michigan, we will stay behind you all. That's how it stands right now. Although, recruiting classes should be assessed after four years to truly see who had the better class. I believe coach Hoke and coach Mattison provide better analysis than recruiting websites. They find kids that didn't break out until their senior years that get overlooked by the recruiting websites. Michigan's Frank Clark and Jake Ryan are good examples of the type of kids I'm talking about.