Michigan moves up to 28th on Rivals.com football recruiting list
The addition of offensive lineman Chris Bryant on Friday night pushed the Michigan football team's 2011 recruiting class to 28th on the Rivals.com team rankings.
Bryant is the fifth 4-star recruit, according to the Rivals' rating scale, to commit to Michigan. Adding him to the Wolverines' tally pushed them past Big Ten rivals Iowa (29th) and Michigan State (30th) in Saturday morning's updated rankings.
Scout.com lists Michigan in 29th place on its list.
Alabama, Texas and Florida State currently tops the 2011 Rivals list. The Big Ten's Ohio State and Nebraska are 11th and 15th, respectively.
Scout's top three are Texas, Florida State and Auburn. The Big Ten teams on that list include Ohio State (fourth), Nebraska (24th) and Michigan State (26th).
After being hired in mid-January, new Michigan coach Brady Hoke and his staff had three weeks to retain Rich Rodriguez's recruits (such as Bryant) and secure some of his own before national signing day on Feb. 2.
Hoke still has some work to do if he hopes to salvage a class that matches Michigan's traditional place on the Rivals' team rankings. Since 2002, the Wolverines have never finished outside the top 20 - they were 20th last year - and were in the top 10 four times.