National Signing Day is one of the biggest days in college football outside of the actual season. For Michigan, it meant hosting the second edition of the “Signing of The Stars” event. This new tradition brought fans, players and their families together for a special day to celebrate the newest group of recruits.
This is the second official recruiting class under Jim Harbaugh and it is quite impressive if you break it down.
The Recruiting Class By The Numbers
30 Overall commits
20 Four-star commits, according to Scout (matching the total for the last two classes combined)
14 Total amount of different states represented, including one from Canada. (Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island)
16 Commits in Scout 300
11 Early enrollees
9 Preferred Walk-ons
7 Players in this class out of the top 10 in Michigan
6 Top rated overall recruit in their home state (Michigan, Iowa, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Mexico)
5 Overall class ranking according to 247 Sports behind Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and USC
4 Planned yearly trips that will involve this group. The first is Italy from April 22-30 being paid by one generous “Michigan Man” donor and not during Spring Break. The next few years in the works include South Africa, Japan, Israel and potentially New Zealand or London. (This is not about a player, but thought it's great news for fans to know what Jim Harbaugh is planning)
3 Final class ranking according to Scout, behind Alabama and Georgia
2 Five-star commits (WR Donovan Peoples-Jones and DT Aubrey Solomon)
1 Ranked recruiting class in Big Ten according to Scout
Position Players By The Numbers
Michigan fans should be excited about the entire class, which includes the following group of explosive players in their respective position. (Numbers according to 247 Sports)
Donovan Peoples-Jones (WR, 6’2/193 pounds)
DPJ may be the face of this overall class who decided to stay home. He's an early enrollee, five-star and overall top WR and player in Michigan, No. 12 player in class.
Cesar Ruiz (Center, 6’3/336 pounds)
Ruiz is already on campus as an early enrollee, is a four-star and overall top rated center in the 2017 class and No. 8 player in Florida.
Dylan McCaffrey (QB, 6’5/196 pounds)
McCaffrey is the second rated player overall in Colorado, four-star and No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the entire 2017 recruiting class. He's already been able to play in events like The Opening with some of the WR group including Oliver Martin.
Drew Singleton (OLB, 6’2/215 pounds)
Singleton is a four-star and top overall rated player in New Jersey, the No. 4 overall OLB and the No. 80 in the 2017 recruiting class.
Aubrey Solomon (DT, 6’3/285 pounds)
Solomon announced yesterday live on ESPNU and is one of the highest rated players in the Michigan recruiting class. He's a five-star, the No. 3 overall player in Georgia, No. 2 rated DT in the country and No. 25 player overall in the 2017 class.
O’Maury Samuels (RB, 5’11/190 pounds)
Samuels is a four-star and top overall player in New Mexico, and the No. 28 overall in the 2017 recruiting class.
Chuck Filiaga (OT, 6’6/335 pounds)
Filiage is a four-star, the No. 18 player in Texas with size and ability to potentially see early playing time in this offensive line.
We should all be excited for the future of this program with a solid group of young men who will compete for early playing time while veterans will fight to earn their spot. Don’t be surprised if a few preferred walk-ons become that “golden nugget” Coach Harbaugh referred to yesterday. The next few months will move its focus to college basketball, but the spring game and summer camps are just around the corner.