Sunday, January 28, 2007

Michigan's 2007 recruiting class

With the February 7, 2007, National Letter of Intent Signing Day rapidly approaching, Michigan is putting the finishing touches on its 2007 recruiting class. In today's edition of the Detroit Free Press, Mark Snyder's article gives a rundown of the current state of the recruiting class. Michigan's recruiting class consists of 18 players who have made verbal commitments including four players who began classes at Michigan in January, 2007 as early enrollees (i.e., QB Ryan Mallett, RB Vince Helmuth, LB Austin Panter, and S Artis Chambers). Michigan's 2007 recruiting class is currently ranked 16th in the nation by recruiting service Rivals.com. Michigan is still actively recruiting one uncommited high profile in-state recruit: Ron Johnson. Johnson (Muskegon High) is said to be leaning towards Michigan but is also still considering Florida, Ohio State, Michigan State, and Southern Cal. It should be noted that Johnson's high school teammate Ashton Leggett committed to Michigan State. Ron Johnson is expected to make his official announcement on the Sunday prior to Signing Day. Analysts have indicated that if Ron Johnson commits to Michigan it would push the Wolverines' 2007 recruiting class into the Top 10. As it currently stands, Michigan has the third highest rated class in the Big 10 behind Illinois (#12 nationally) and OSU (#15 nationally) according to Rivals.com. As for uncommitted out-of-state talent that Michigan has a chance of landing for its 2007 recruiting class, the Wolverines still seem to have a shot with 5-star CB Donovan Warren (CA), 4-star WR Rashad Mason (TN) and 3-star DT Renaldo Segasse (Quebec). Only time will tell. Go Blue!

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