The Wolverine

March 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  FOOTBALL RECRUITING O ver the past 15 years, Michigan has earned its share of National Signing Day commitments, picking up 28 pledges on the first Wednesday in February during that span. However, the Wolverines have never experienced a National Signing Day like 2016 when it nabbed five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, four- star tight end Devin Asiasi, four-star cornerback Lavert Hill and three-star kicker Quinn Nordin. Using the team recruit- ing rankings formula, those four pros- pects alone were worth 612 of U-M's 2,603 points, which was the nation's fourth-best total. A prospect given a 6.1 rating (the high-end five-stars) are worth 150 points while a 6.0 five-star is worth 135 points, a 5.9 four-star is 120 points and the values decrease until reaching a 5.2 two-star at 15 points. Additionally, recruits ranked in the   FOOTBALL RECRUITING U‑M's 2016 Signing Day Is Best In Era Four-star cornerback Lavert Hill was one of four players — equaling a school record — that committed to the Wolverines on National Signing Day. PHOTO BY BRANDON BROWN MICHIGAN'S BEST NATIONAL SIGNING DAY COMMITMENT HAULS Class No. Points Recruits 2016 4 612 DT Rashan Gary, TE Devin Asiasi, CB Lavert Hill and PK Quinn Nordin 2003 3 462 DE LaMarr Woodley, LB Shawn Crable and RB Jerome Jackson 2007 3 385 CB Donovan Warren, WR Zion Babb and DT Renaldo Sagesse 2015 4 360 RB Karan Higdon, DE Shelton Johnson, CB Keith Washington and TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. 2009 3 302 QB Denard Robinson, WR Je'Ron Stokes and CB Adrian Witty 2008 3 300 WR Roy Roundtree, OL Ricky Barnum and QB Justin Feagin 2005 3 288 DT James McKinney, DT Eugene Germany and FB Andrew Criswell

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