Rivals: Michigan football has received commitments from five of state's top seven recruits
The commitment Sunday of top-flight offensive tackle recruit Kyle Kalis — a former Ohio State pledge, no less — punctuates the impressive recruiting job done so far by the Michigan football program under new coach Brady Hoke.
But it also veils another development: The Wolverines’ dominance on the in-state recruiting trail.
Rivals on Tuesday released its latest ranking of the state’s top 30 prospects for 2012, and the Wolverines claim commitments from five of the top seven.
The other two players — No. 2 Aaron Burbridge, a wide receiver from Farmington Hills Harrison, and No. 5 Danny O’Brien, a defensive tackle from Flint Powers — list Michigan among their finalists.
Rivals’ top in-state recruit is Royce Jenkins-Stone, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from Detroit Cass Tech. Rivals lists him as a 4-star, while Scout pegs him as a 4-star and the No. 7 linebacker in the country.
Jenkins-Stone committed to Michigan in April. He had offers from Alabama, Oklahoma and Florida, among several others.
The rest of Michigan’s top-seven recruits: No. 3 James Ross, a linebacker from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; No. 4 Terry Richardson, a defensive back from Detroit Cass Tech; No. 6 Devin Funchess, a tight end from Farmington Hills Harrison; and No. 7 Matthew Godin, a defensive tackle from Detroit Catholic Central.
Each commit is a Rivals 4-star recruit except Godin, who is a 3-star.
The highest-ranked recruit not committed to Michigan is Jamal Lyles, a Michigan State pledge who comes in at No. 8.
In all, Michigan has received commitments from seven of Rivals’ top-30 in-state recruits, none of whom are outside the top 14.
Michigan State (Southfield Lathrup linebacker Lyles at No. 8 and Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Riley Bullough at No. 12) and Central Michigan (Grand Blanc defensive back Jordan Fields at No. 20 and Lansing Catholic Central quarterback Cooper Rush at No. 27) each have two commitments.
Toledo and Syracuse have one apiece.
Michigan has 19 overall commitments for its 2012 class, the most in the Big Ten.