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Daily Brews: Michigan’s blue-chip ratio among nation’s best

It’s time for the preseason hype to begin.

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If there is one area of Jim Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan that is hard to scrutinize, it’s his work in recruiting. The last three classes have all finished within the top 15 in the country, including the No. 8 overall class in 2019 according to 247Sports. Success on the field has not necessarily coordinated with the talent being brought in to Ann Arbor.

However, Bud Elliot from 247Sports did the math with the Wolverines’ blue-chip ratio in 2021. It ranks among the top 16 teams in the country they deem capable of winning a national championship.

For those who are unaware, a blue-chip prospect is one who falls within the four-star or five-star ranking. Typically, the teams with the best recruits are the most talented and successful teams in the country. Occasionally a team with few to no blue-chips will have a strong season, but have little hope of winning a national title.

Enter the blue-chip ratio, which is one of the best indicators to who will wind up being among the nation’s best in a given season. It gives a percentage of how many blue-chips are on a program’s roster and stacks them up against other teams in the country. Any scholarship player is included in the ranking, excluding transfer students and walk-ons. A blue-chip ratio greater than 50% means a higher likelihood of winning a national championship.

This season, the Michigan Wolverines came in as the No. 10 team in the country in blue-chip ratio at a 58% mark. That’s good enough for second in the Big Ten behind, you guessed it, Ohio State. The Buckeyes are ranked at No. 3 in the country at 79%. Penn State also cracked the top 16, just a notch behind the Wolverines at 56%.

The No. 1 team is shockingly Alabama who comes in at 84%. Georgia is second at 80%. OSU, Clemson and a four-way tie of LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida round out the top five.

Let’s hope the Wolverines’ talent on the field can live up to their recruiting prowess.

Michigan swimmer qualifies for the Olympics

A fun addition to Brews today, as freshman swimmer Jake Mitchell qualified for the summer Olympics in Tokyo in a race against the clock. He hopped in the pool by himself in Omaha, Nebraska needing to top a time of 3:46:78 to qualify. Watch it go down:

Mitchell was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and is one of several current and former Wolverines to qualify for the Olympic games.

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