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23Feb 2017
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How does the 2017 class match up with Michigan’s historical recruits?

Which 2017 recruit is most like Kelly Baraka? (image via Ace of Sports)

If you’re like me, you’re a huge nerd. And a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

But more importantly, you probably like recruiting and Michigan football. With the fancy tool that is the 247 Sports Composite Ranking, I was able to put together a list of Michigan’s all-time player recruiting rankings (LINK). Not only does it help put things in perspective, but it also gives us a chance to make some comparisons in the here and now.

So below is a list of all of Michigan’s 2017 recruits, along with where they rank among the “pantheon” of Michigan recruits since 2000, and then the overall rankings of the players near them.

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15Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Defense

Aubrey Solomon (image via Scout)

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I posted the 2017 offensive recruiting grades last week (LINK), so here are my thoughts on the defensive side of the ball. Click on the player names below for their commitment posts.

DEFENSIVE END: B+
Commits (4): Deron Irving-Bey, Donovan JeterCorey Malone-Hatcher, Kwity Paye, Luiji Vilain
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? Michigan went after some elite rush ends (Jaelan Phillips, K’Lavon Chaisson, etc.) in this cycle, but none showed much interest. Instead, Michigan got home-stater Malone-Hatcher, Boston College decommit Paye, and Canada native Vilain as weakside end types. I thought Vilain improved significantly over the last couple years since moving from Ontario to Virginia. On the strong side, Michigan got Irving-Bey and Jeter, both of whom could end up as a 3-technique tackles. I don’t see dominant players here, but it is a solid group and they’ll get high-quality coaching.

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13Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Update: February 13, 2017

Willie Gay (image via The Clarion-Ledger)

The 2017 recruiting class is in the rear view, but there were naturally a bunch of players who committed on or around National Signing Day. Here’s a wrap-up of all the various goings-on regarding those players who were offered by Michigan.

COMMITMENTS

Iowa City (IA) West wide receiver Oliver Martin committed to Michigan (LINK).

Westerville (OH) South punter Brad Robbins committed to Michigan (LINK).

Leesburg (GA) Lee County defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon committed to Michigan (LINK).

Hit the jump for 26 guys who signed elsewhere.

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9Feb 2017
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2017 Recruiting Grades: Offense

Donovan Peoples-Jones (image via Rivals)

QUARTERBACK: A-
Commits (1): Dylan McCaffrey
Decommits (0): N/A
Why? McCaffrey was a U.S. Army All-American and there have been whispers that Jim Harbaugh believes McCaffrey is the best high school quarterback prospect he’s seen in a long time, maybe going back to Andrew Luck. So there’s that. McCaffrey has the height, the bloodline, and the athleticism to be a very good quarterback. However, there are questions about his arm strength and mechanics. So while Harbaugh really likes him, I would have preferred someone like Davis Mills, who chose Stanford instead.

Hit the jump for the rest of the offensive grades.

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