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March 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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26 THE WOLVERINE MARCH 2022 M ichigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and his staff finished strong in the 2022 cycle, bringing in a top-10 haul for the third time in the last four cycles. The head man is fired up about the talent coming to Ann Arbor. "Just the tremendous people they are," Harbaugh told host Jon Jansen on the 'In The Trenches' podcast, discuss- ing what stands out about the 23-man class. "The parents they come from, the families they come from, the communi- ties, the villages … it takes a village. It doesn't get talked about. "It's wins, losses, touchdowns and tackles. They're all amazing, and this group is certainly an amazing group." The class ranks No. 9 according to On3 and has multiple gems at several positions. It Starts Up Front U-M's Joe Moore Award-winning of- fensive line room will receive an injec- tion of more talent, with Monument (Colo.) Palmer Ridge three-star Con- nor Jones, Columbine (Colo.) Littleton four-star Andrew Gentry and Windsor (Conn.) Loomis Chaffee unranked pros- pect Alessandro Lorenzetti coming in. Jones committed on Christmas Eve of 2020 and stayed loyal throughout the process (and many staff changes). "He's long, tall — just what you want your tackles to look like," Harbaugh said of Jones. "He's a heck of a good player and a really good student. You want your offensive linemen smart. If not, they can get a quarterback or a running back killed." Lorenzetti impressed during his pri- vate workout with the Wolverines last summer. "Alessandro came and knocked the socks off [O-line coach] Sherrone Moore," Harbaugh said. "Great kid, great parents." The addition of Gentry, meanwhile, was anything but typical. A 2020 recruit and former Virginia signee, Gentry is currently on a two-year mission trip that will conclude this spring. When Cavalier head man Bronco Menden- hall stepped down, the top-100 recruit backed out of his letter of intent and chose U-M. "He was top of the [2020] class — Zak Zinter, Gentry, Reece Atteberry, Jeff Persi," Harbaugh recalled. "Gentry was right at the top, a real high four-star guy. He's about 6-8, serious length, and big and strong." Loaded Tight End Room Adds More Talent Gooding (Idaho) High four-star Colston Loveland and Rabun Gap (Ga.) Nacoochee four-star Marlin Klein will step into a group of tight ends that is immensely talented already. Harbaugh has no doubt the future is bright for the newcomers. "He does not look like a high school   FOOTBALL RECRUITING Jim Harbaugh Discusses 2022 Signing Class ON3 CONSENSUS TOP-300 PROSPECTS SIGNED BY U-M Year Top 100 Top 300 2022 4* 11* 2021 4 7 2020 1 11 2019 4 14 2018 0 6 2017 7 21 2016 6 12 2015 1 4 2014 3 8 2013 5 16 2012 3 10 2011 0 4 2010 1 4 2009 3 12 2008 2 11 * Counting Andrew Gentry, the No. 64 overall recruit in the 2020 On3 Consensus ON3 CONSENSUS FOUR- AND FIVE-STAR RECRUITS SIGNED BY MICHIGAN Year Four-Stars Five-Stars 2022 13* 1 2021 12 1 2020 8 0 2019 17 1 2018 9 0 2017 24 2 2016 16 1 2015 7 0 2014 9 1 2013 19 0 2012 11 0 2011 7 0 2010 10 0 2009 16 0 2008 16 0 Baltimore St. Frances four-star edge Derrick Moore, the No. 37 overall recruit in the land per the On3 Consensus, was originally committed to Oklahoma before flipping to U-M. PHOTO BY JOSEPH HASTINGS/ON3.COM

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