Maize n Brew's 2012 Michigan Football Recruiting Board

It's a Friday, so that means real news is going to be tough to come by. It also means I'm tired. But since the football seasons hasn't really started yet there's room for all kinds of speculation for all kinds of things. In particular, college football recruiting. National Signing Day may well be six months out, but that isn't going to stop any bored journalist worth his salt from ranking things! CBS and Tom Lemming have Michigan ranked #1 overall for recruiting the 2012 class. And if you peruse the rankings on any of the other recruiting site, Michigan's ranked in the top five. Sure a lot can happen between now and when the kids sign on the dotted line, but like I said before, there ain't a lot going on today.

So, Maize n Brew is unveiling its first and only 2012 recruiting board to track the Michigan football team's 2012 commitments. We're going to try to keep this updated and keep you up to speed on Michigan's recruiting efforts gong forward. Here it is, the 2012 Michigan Football Recruiting Board!

Name

Position

HS

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

247Sports

TTB

Kyle Kalis

OT/OG

Lakewood,OH

4*/6.0

5* (#8)

4*/80

4*/96

95

Terry Richardson

CB

Cass Tech, MI

4*/5.8

4* (#13)

4*/81

4*/97

85

Royce Jenkins-Stone

MLB

Cass Tech, MI

4*/5.9

4* (#3)

4*/80

4*/93

86

Joe Bolden

LB

St. Edwards, OH

4*/5.8

4* (#23)

4*/80

4*/90

77

Chris Wormley

DE

Whitmer, OH

3*/5.7

4* (#20)

4*/80

4*/96

73

Devin Funchess

TE

Harrison, MI

3*/5.7

4* (#8)

4*/80

4*/90

75

James Ross

MLB

St. Marys, MI

4*/5.8

4* (#2)

4*/80

4*/95

92

Jarrod Wilson

S

Akron Buchtel, OH

4*/5.8

4* (#10)

4*/80

4*/91

89

Mario Ojemudia

DE

Harrison, MI

3*/5.6

4* (#32)

4*/80

3*/89

67

Erik Magnuson

OT

La Costa Canyon, CA

4*/5.9

4* (#20)

4*/79

4*/95

87

Blake Bars

OT

Bell Academy, TN

4*/5.8

3* (#53)

3*/79

3*/86

71

Ben Braden

OT

Rockford, MI

4*/5.8

3* (#40)

3*/79

3*/88

65

Pharaoh Brown

DE

Brush, OH

4*/5.8

3* (#49)

3*/79

4*/92

82

Matt Godin

DT

Catholic Central, MI

3*/5.7

3* (#32)

3*/79

4*/92

65

Tom Strobel

DE

Mentor, OH

3*/5.8

4* (#16)

3*/78

4*/93

79

Caleb Stacey

OG

Oak Hills, OH

3*/5.7

3* (#49)

3*/78

3*/85

77

Kaleb Ringer

MLB

Northmont, OH

3*/5.7

4* (#10)

3*/78

3*/88

64

A.J. Williams

TE

Sycamore, OH

3*/5.7

3* (15)

3*/77

3*/86

INC

Anthony Standifer

CB

Crete Monee, IL

3*/5.7

3* (28)

3*/77

3*/87

83

Allen Gant

S/WR

Southview, OH

3*/5.7

3* (53)

3*/75

3*/84

59

Sione Houma

FB

Higland, UT

NR

3* (#6)

2*/74

NR

69

Jeremy Clark (Gray Shirt)

S

N. Hopkins, KY

3*/5.5

NR

3*/76

NR

49

 

commentary after the jump.....

First, the ranking services. I tried to include most of the premier rankings I could in this. Scout, Rivals, and (now) ESPN expend a considerable amount of time and money tracking and evaluating high school recruits. So, obviously, they were the first three I included. Next, 247Sports is a spin off of one of the major recruiting services so i figured, what the hell, include them, they've got a lot of the same experience and sources. Finally, there's our buddy Thunder over at Touch The Banner. As a high level HS football coach I trust his judgment on players and I think he's got a great method of evaluating Michigan's incoming players. Of the four rankings, his is easily the stingiest, which also serves to give everyone a little perspective on things. Finally, I excluded the CBS/Lemming rankings because unless you're willing to fork over some cash you're not going to get the full rankings from the top 100 down. (That said, Michigan does have 5 of Lemming's top 100).

The headliners of the class so far are obviously Kalis, Richardson, Jenkins-Stone, James Ross, Erik Magnuson Joe Bolden, and Jarrod Wilson. All seven of these players are loved in equal measure by all of the services and the unanimity of their appraisals speaks well toward their success in Ann Arbor.

There are, however, plenty of recruits that have a wide spread in their recruiting rankings. Chris Wormley, Mario Ojemudia, Pharaoh Brown, and Tom Strobel all seem to have a wide spread of reviews on their ability to contribute. I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing. Mostly I see it as the possibility that a couple of kids are going to have to red-shirt while their bodies catch up to the rigors of playing Big Ten football.

The needs for the 2012 class are fairly obvious at this point. Michigan needs at least two Defensive Tackles, a wide receiver (or two), and a quarterback. They'll take a running back if he's an elite one, but I don't see them buck-shotting offers out for a back considering the stable of backs Michigan already sports. That's kind of where we are. With a 21player class already committed, you can expect that the coaching staff will be very selective with who else comes on board.

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