I haven’t done one of these in a while, but here’s a look back at the 2008 recruiting class – one whole decade ago.
LaTerryal Savage (RS Jr.)
Greg Mathews (Jr.)
Zion Babb (So.)
Toney Clemons (So.)
Junior Hemingway (So.)
James Rogers (So.)
High school: Pahokee (FL) Pahokee
Ratings: Rivals 3-star, #71 WR
Other notable offers: Auburn, Miami, Notre Dame, West Virginia
Scoop: Odoms started 11 games as a true freshman, but his playing time and productivity diminished throughout his career. He made 94 career catches for 1,087 yards and 5 touchdowns. Interestingly, he only had 7 catches in his senior year of 2011, but 3 of them went for touchdowns. He also was a punt returner and scored 1 touchdown against Purdue as a true freshman. He was not drafted in 2012 and did not play beyond college.
High school: Klein (TX) Oak
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #9 APB
Other notable offers: Nebraska, Oregon, TCU
Scoop: Robinson redshirted in 2008 and went on to make three career starts, all of which came in 2010. He caught 2 passes for 56 yards, returned 2 kickoffs for 27 yards, returned 1 punt for 11 yards, made 6 tackles on special teams, forced 1 fumble, and recovered 1 fumble. Those defensive statistics came entirely on special teams in 2011, Brady Hoke’s first year. He did not return for a fifth year and did not play professionally.
High school: Trotwood (OH) Trotwood-Madison
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #44 WR
Other notable offers: Nebraska, Purdue
Scoop: Roundtree redshirted in 2008 and then had a bit of a breakout campaign out of nowhere in 2009. He caught 32 passes for 434 yards (30 for 390 yards in a four-game stretch) and 3 touchdowns. He was Second Team All-Big Ten in 2010 with 72 catches for 935 yards and 7 touchdowns. With the new coaching staff in 2011, he caught just 19 passes for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. He capped his career with 31 catches for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2012. In both of his final seasons, he averaged a healthy 18.7 yards/catch. His career-high of 246 receiving yards against Illinois in 2010 was #1 all-time at Michigan until Jeremy Gallon surpassed him with 369 against Indiana in 2013. Roundtree was not drafted in 2013, spent some time with the Cincinnati Bengals before getting cut, and played in the Indoor Football League. He was the wide receivers coach at Indiana State last year, where several of Brady Hoke’s staff members now reside, and he will be returning to Michigan as a graduate assistant in 2018.
High school: Stafford (TX) Dulles
Ratings: Rivals 4-star, #7 WR, #41 overall
Other notable offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, USC
Scoop: Stonum caught 14 passes for 176 yards and 1 touchdown as a freshman in 2008. As a sophomore in 2009, he caught 13 passes for 199 yards and 1 touchdown; he also returned 39 kickoffs for 1,001 yards and 1 touchdown, a 94-yarder against Notre Dame. In his junior year of 2010, he caught 49 passes for 633 yards and 4 touchdowns. Despite solid production, he was suspended by Brady Hoke for the 2011 season – a redshirt year – for having multiple incidents with alcohol. He transferred to Baylor for 2012, where he caught 3 passes for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. He was not drafted in 2013 and is out of football. He totaled 76 catches for 1,008 yards and 6 touchdowns at Michigan.
Hit the jump for a look at the rest of the receivers offered by Michigan in 2008, along with some thoughts on the class overall.