Michigan football team dominating Midwest recruiting scene with 6 of region's top 21 players
How has Michigan been able to do assemble such a class after posting a 7-6 record last year and making a coaching change?
Among the reasons: First-year coach Brady Hoke’s commitment to mining the best recruits in the Midwest.
Scout’s latest Midwest rankings illustrate just how dominant he has been in that approach.Michigan has received commitments from six of the region's top 21 players, according to the rankings released Tuesday. Michigan State and Ohio State are next closest with two apiece.
Overall, the Wolverines have garnered 17 commitments from Scout’s top 101 Midwest prospects.
Michigan has 21 total pledges for its class, including six of the top 10 in-state prospects, according to Scout’s rankings. It also has commitments from four of Ohio’s top 11 prospects, and 10 overall from that state.
The Wolverines' efforts in Ohio certainly have been buoyed by the unfolding scandal at Ohio State, where coach Jim Tressel has resigned, quarterback Terrelle Pryor has departed for the NFL and been banned from the school for five years, and four other players are suspended for five games for their roles in an alleged memorabilia-for-gifts scandal.
Quarterback Gunner Kiel of Indiana is Scout’s top Midwest prospect. He committed to the Hoosiers last week.
Adolphus Washington is No. 2. He is uncommitted, and lists Michigan among his top five choices.
Brionte Dunn is third. The Canton, Ohio, recruit currently is committed to Ohio State, but has taken recent trips to Penn State and Michigan and could decommit before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
The top Michigan high school recruit is James Ross of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. He’s No. 13 and committed to the Wolverines.