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January 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  football recruiting ends up at Michigan. Any four-star player who commits to Michigan will be taking the place (in the team rankings formula) of a three-star commit, and the Wolverines have a few they are pursuing. Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Cameron Hunt will visit Michigan in January, and other fourstar linemen such as UCLA commit Kenny Lacy from Phoenix Mountain Pointe and Pomfret (Md.) McDonogh guard Na'Ty Rodgers are also on the table. The Meaning Although the team rankings "championship" is not a goal in itself, it is yet an indication of an excellent overall recruiting effort — and a strong program. Of the BCS national champions since 2002, every single team had at least one topfive recruiting class in the four years prior to winning it all, and all but one (Auburn in 2010) had multiple such classes that included at least one topranked effort. It's no surprise that Alabama's dominance on the gridiron has coincided with dominance on the recruiting trail, too. If Brady Hoke and his coaching staff want to bring Michigan back to the top of the college football world — and there's no question that's one of their goals — bringing in top prep talent is a major requirement. With the way they have recruited thus far, it's safe to say they're on the right track. ❑ U-M's Team Recruiting Finishes From 2002-12 Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total Ranking Commitments 16 22 17 17 5 22 6 23 13 19 12 20 10 24 8 22 20 27 21 20 7 25  On The Web For regular reports on Michigan football recruiting plus videos of U-M commitments and targets visit Shifting Rankings When re-ranked prospects following the completion of the 2012 regular season, a number of Michigan commits moved up or down in the ratings. Here is a look at who rose, who fell and how many team recruiting points — based on star value and overall ranking among the country's top 250 prospects — Michigan gained or lost. Prospect QB Shane Morris Warren, Mich. DT Henry Poggi Baltimore OL Pat Kugler Wexford, Pa. LB Mike McCray Trotwood, Ohio OL Kyle Bosch Wheaton, Ill. S Dymonte Thomas Alliance, Ohio OL Chris Fox Parker, Colo. TE Jake Butt Pickerington, Ohio CB Jourdan Lewis Detroit OL David Dawson Detroit DE Taco Charlton Pickerington, Ohio CB Ross Douglas Avon, Ohio OL Logan Tuley-Tillman Peoria, Ill. RB Wyatt Shallman Novi, Mich. LB Ben Gedeon Hudson, Ohio DB Delano Hill Detroit WR Jaron Dukes Columbus, Ohio DT Maurice Hurst Jr. Westwood, Mass. RB Deveon Smith Warren, Ohio WR Csont'e York Harper Woods, Mich. CB Channing Stribling Matthews, N.C. TE Khalid Hill Detroit WR Da'Mario Jones Westland, Mich. LS Scott Sypniewski Ottawa, Ill. Total Old Rank Five-star, No. 17 213 pts. Four-star, No. 52 178 pts. Four-star, No. 88 155 pts. Four-star, No. 81 156 pts. Four-star, No. 92 154 pts. Four-star, No. 102 152 pts. Four-star, No. 112 150 pts. Four-star, No. 131 146 pts. Four-star, No. 150 128 pts. Four-star, No. 165 125 pts. Four-star, No. 233 111 pts. Four-star, No. 232 111 pts. Four-star, No. 241 109 pts. Four-star, No. 206 116 pts. Four-star 105 pts. Four-star 105 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Two-star 45 pts. Three-star 75 pts. NR N/A Two-star 15 pts. (N/A) 2,574 pts. New Rank Five-star, No. 25 205 pts. Four-star, No. 68 174 pts. Four-star, No. 79 172 pts. Four-star, No. 88 155 pts. Four-star, No. 99 153 pts. Four-star, No. 107 151 pts. Four-star, No. 123 148 pts. Four-star, No. 141 144 pts. Four-star, No. 147 143 pts. Four-star, No. 151 142 pts. Four-star, No. 231 111 pts. Four-star, No. 238 110 pts. Four-star, No. 245 109 pts. Four-star 105 pts. Four-star 105 pts. Four-star 105 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 90 pts. Three-star 75 pts. Three-star 75 pts. Two-star 15 pts. 2,592 pts. Change -8 pts. -4 pts. +17 pts. -1 pt. -1 pt. -1 pt. -2 pts. -2 pts. +15 pts. +17 pts. 0 pts. -1 pt. 0 pts. -11 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts. 0 pts. (N/A) (N/A) (N/A) (N/A) +18 pts. Only the top 20 commitments in the recruiting class apply to the team recruiting rankings, so Stribling, Khalid Hill, Jones and Sypniewski's team points do not apply to the team total. Although they were not committed at the time of the rankings update, both Delano Hill and David Dawson are included in the totals. January 2013    the wolverine  49

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