QB Shane Morris among 3 Michigan football recruits to pick up fifth stars in Scout rankings
Scout has released its first ranking of the country's top 300 recruits for 2013, and the Michigan football team, which has picked up 11 commitments in the past three weeks, comes away a big winner.
The Wolverines have verbal commitments from three players who received fifth stars, the most in the country: Pennsylvania guard Patrick Kugler (No. 25 overall), Warren DeLaSalle quarterback Shane Morris (No. 28) and Ohio safety Dymonte Thomas (No. 35).
Texas is the only other school that has multiple five-star recruits. It has two.
Morris was Michigan's first commitment for 2013, then became integral in the recruitment of several others, including Thomas. The class now numbers a Big Ten-best 14.
Overall, Michigan's class is impressive both for its top-end talent and its depth.
It has four recruits among the top 50, which trails only Texas (five) nationally. It is more than the rest of the Big Ten combined (one, from Ohio State).
Among the top 150, Michigan has six prospects, Ohio State has five and the rest of the Big Ten has none. It appears no one has come close to matching the recruiting prowess of Brady Hoke and Urban Meyer in this cycle.
Michigan has 12 players on the list of 300, the most in the country and more than the rest of the Big Ten combined. Ohio State has five, and Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State each have one.
The ranking of the Wolverines' top-12 recruits, per Scout: Kugler 25; Morris 28, Thomas 35, OL Kyle Bosch 49, OL Chris Fox 137, TE Jake Butt 147, OL Logan Tuley-Tillman 153, FB Wyatt Shallman 179, LB Mike McCray 202, CB Jourdan Lewis 251, OL David Dawson 264 and WR Jaron Dukes 287.
The only Michigan prospects who did not make the list were Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill and Ohio defensive end Taco Charlton. Both are three-star recruits.
The Wolverines didn't have any commitments at this time last year.
For the full list of Scout's top-300 recruits, click here.