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Monday Michigan Recruiting Roundup: When is it U-M's turn for huge commit weekends?

In this edition, we take a look at when U-M should get back to the national recruiting level they expect to be at and welcome in the first commit of 2017.

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Ohio State football had another huge weekend on the recruiting trail, pulling in five commitments and have over 90,000 people in attendance for its Spring Game. Their haul of commits included 2016 offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh and 2017 running back Todd Sibley, both targets with Michigan offers.

Fans are aware of the ripple effect those big weekends can have. One that always comes to mind was the OSU-Michigan basketball game back in 2012, where the Wolverines not only won an overtime game over the Buckeyes, but reeled in eight commitments as well. Taco Charlton, Kyle Bosch, David Dawson and Jourdan Lewis were among the recruits that pledged to Michigan that weekend.

OSU has not been losing many recruiting battles lately and have managed to put together some of the top classes in the country over the last few years. Now that they have won a national title under Urban Meyer, programs across the nation will be fighting an uphill battle to catch up with them on the trail, perhaps most notably the Michigan Wolverines.

When Jim Harbaugh was hired, to many that signaled a return to a dominant Michigan football program. While many still expect them to get there in time, it still will take a ton of work on the trail and most importantly, on the field.

Michigan has managed to do a pretty nice job of recruiting under the new staff so far. For the 2015 class, they were able to reel in eight commitments in just a few weeks time. The staff was brought in during a recruiting dead period, so all of the evaluation and leg work had to be done quickly, and they finished it on an encouraging note.

The 2016 cycle is off to a solid start. What we have seen so far is Michigan placing a large emphasis on not only hitting California, Texas and Florida, but they are trying to secure their own borders as well. Some of the state's top talent in David Reese and Matt Falcon have joined the class with others expected to follow. If OSU is going to hold on to their kids on Ohio, the Wolverines need to do the same in their home state.

2017's class should be where we truly see what this staff is capable of on the recruiting trail. They are already in the mix early on for some of the top prospects in the cycle and once Signing Day 2017 comes around, a top-five or higher class is definitely possible. It may even be possible this year, depending on how things shake out.

Patience will continue to be the virtue preached in this roundups. The staff has done a nice job of exceeding expectations in a lot of regards since they were brought in. The next litmus test will be how effective the satellite camps end up being. Those could pay huge dividends in both the near and distant futures.

Carter Dunaway commits to Michigan

The first shoe has dropped for the 2017 class in the form of tight end Carter Dunaway (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), who committed to Michigan on Friday night via his Twitter account.

Harbaugh's offense is built around the tight end, which he has shown he has an eye for over his coaching career. Dunaway is not currently rated by the major recruiting services, but the staff likes him and that's what is most important at the end of the day.

We will probably see him rise up recruiting boards a bit based on his commitment to Michigan and what he does in camps this summer. There is not a whole lot out there on him right now, but he also still has two more years of high school football to play.

His brother, Jack, will be on campus this fall as a walk-on defensive end, while his father, Craig, played in the 80s for Bo Schembechler.

That's it for Monday. Check back in Wednesday for the latest roundup of Michigan football recruiting news and more.