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Friday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: Hoke says '15 class will have 16 commits "at most"

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The FRR updates you on the latest in Michigan football recruiting. In this edition, Brady Hoke gives a number of recruits that could join the 2015 class, Darrin Kirkland Jr. is offered by USC, Marcus Lewis will take an official visit to Kentucky and Mississippi State was busy in the state of Michigan on Thursday.

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Hoke says 2015 class will have 16 commits at most

Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke addressed the 2015 recruiting class in the latest edition of "Inside Michigan Football."

Hoke confirmed that it will be another small class, as they will take "at the most 16" recruits during this cycle, which of course is much smaller than normal classes.

"It's not a big class, No. 1," he said. "So that part of it is very selective. And we've been slower than normal because we're being very selective."

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"As you break down your positions, we want a couple linebackers, a pass rushing defensive ends, you'd like to have another safety and probably two corners," he said. "Offensively, a couple offensive linemen, tight ends are always going to be big part as we keep growing in this offense."

The 2015 class currently has 10 committed players in quarterback Alex Malzone, running back Mike Weber, wide receiver Brian Cole, tight end Chris Clark, offensive linemen Grant Newsome and Jon Runyan Jr., linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr., cornerback Garrett Taylor, safety Tyree Kinnel and kicker Andrew David.

Kirkland offered by USC

Speaking of committed prospects, one of Michigan's top ranked defensive prospects continues to receive interest nationwide.

On Thursday, four-star 2015 linebacker commit Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, Indiana) was offered by the USC Trojans.

Kirkland is one of Michigan's most important recruits to hold on to right now. He's one of the best linebacker prospects in the country and has all of the intangibles coaches look for in a player at his position. His committment to Michigan has seemed solid for awhile, but he is one of the players that is keeping his options open with the uncertainties surrounding the coaching staff.

If the Wolverines can somehow right the ship this season and Hoke and staff stick around, there really is no debate to be had. Kirkland will be a part of this class. If the staff is relieved of their duties, it will be interesting to see which direction he takes his recruitment. Depending on the potential new coach and the guys they already have committed, I would not rule out him sticking with the Wolverines regardless.

Things are quiet right now, so we will have to wait things out and see what happens.

Marcus Lewis taking official visit to Kentucky

The Wolverines are still looking for a cornerback in 2015 to pair with Garrett Taylor, but things are not as certain as they were a few months ago.

During the summer, four-star prospect Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C.) decommitted from Florida and stated that Michigan was at the top of list after visiting for the BBQ at the Big House. What seemed like a matter of time before he decided to pull the trigger now seems less sure, as things have cooled on the Lewis front lately with the Wolverines,

What is for sure though is that Lewis will be taking an official visit to Kentucky on the weekend of Dec. 13, according to 247's Josh Edwards. (FREE)

Lewis took an official visit to Washington State earlier this month. He has not visited the University of Michigan since July 27. The Crystal Ball predictions on 247 still have 70 percent of the predictions in favor of the Wolverines.

Mississippi State busy in Michigan on Thursday

The top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs are hot both on the field and the recruiting trail, and they offered a pair of 2016 prospects from the state of Michigan on Thursday.

The first went to four-star wide receiver Donnie Corley (Wyandotte, Michigan), who has seen his recruitment blow up a bit recently, receiving offers from the Bulldogs, Michigan and Michigan State in the last month or so.

Another went to four-star linebacker Daelin Hayes (West Bloomfield, Michigan), who is currently committed to USC.

A player that was offered that isn't an in-state prospect but that does have Michigan interest was wide receiver Austin Mack (Ft. Wayne, Indiana).

An interesting wrinkle to all of this is that many consider Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen a candidate for the Michigan job if Brady Hoke indeed gets fired, so these players could certainly cross paths down the road if he was to get the job. Again, just a hypothetical scenario.

That's it for the Friday roundup. Enjoy the weekend and come back Monday for the latest in Michigan football recruiting.