There is a lot of hype around recent recruiting classes, but some feel that the 2015 class could be one of the best classes of all time. This is already a stretch, considering these kids haven’t played a down of football in their senior year of high school yet. I digress. That being said, I believe that the Michigan Wolverines could come out with another stellar class, in terms of recruiting.
Rivals.com periodically will release rankings for players in each class; majority of the summer rankings are based on camps, and previous play that made them get a look from college scouts. Rankings really do not mean much when a player is brought into a program, more often than not they will have to compete, like anyone else, regardless of stars or how highly ranked he was in his class.
There are several players who have made the pledge to play football for Brady Hoke and company, and they can be seen after the jump.
Garrett Taylor (48th) Taylor is a player that is new to Michigan’s recruiting class, but is not the newest commit. He is a serious defender, and he will be paired up with Michigan’s secondary next year, one that could potentially feature Taylor, Jabrill Peppers, Shaun Crawford, and Tyree Kinnel. That would be impressive if Hoke can hang on to all of these players, but there is no guarantee until signing day.
Shaun Crawford (111th) Crawford is the wildcard here. We aren’t sure if he will even be apart of this class, there are rumors going around that he really likes Notre Dame, which is all but confirmed considering he took a trip there this weekend. He is a solid football player, and could be a key piece in a secondary that has a lot of star power.
Darrin Kirkland Jr. (167th) Kirkland is the newest commit to Michigan. A 4 star inside linebacker from Indiana, Kirkland will do well in a system ran by Greg Mattison, but he will not be the only linebacker the Wolverines bring in. There is word that Michigan plans to bring at least one more linebacker, so the MLB job isn’t set in stone for any player coming in.
Tyree Kinnel (193rd) Kinnel is a player that not many people give enough credit to. He has been the player that has been overlooked for a long time, even in his own class. Kinnel will shock people with his ability, and will force himself to see some time on the field, even if it’s special teams, or garbage time in the fourth quarter. He has a unique skill set, so it should be interesting to see his true potential.
There was no ranking for several Michigan commits, but there is still more than enough time for them to be noticed. Players like that usually come in with a chip on their shoulder, just look at what Michigan State did this previous season. They didn’t have the best class in the country, or even a Top 10 class, and they won the Rose Bowl. Hoke needs to develop these players for his own job security, and for the sanity of Michigan fans everywhere.