Quick recap of 2018 National Signing Day for Michigan recruiting and its 2018 class.
Michigan lost three big recruits as NSD approached.
- Four-star linebacker Otis Reese flipped during his signing ceremony at his high school and signed with the Georgia Bulldogs. Reese had been committed to the Wolverines for nearly two years.
- Five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere signed with the Buckeyes on Feb. 7. Michigan was the first school to offer him back in 2015 and went through a lot to court Petit-Frere. The effots included changing their bowl game practices in Tampa to Petit-Frere’s high school, Berekely Prep.
- Three-star quarterback Kevin Doyle decommitted just three days before NSD. This was not a huge loss to the Wolverines, who have several quarterbacks on their roster, but they can use as much help as they can get at the position. Doyle ended up signing with Arizona on NSD.
Michigan ended up with the No. 21 recruiting class for 2018.
- Michigan has no five-star recruits in their 2018 class.
- There are no Top-100 players in Michigan’s 2018 class.
- This is the first time in three years that the Wolverines have not finished in the top-10 in recruiting classes.
So why did NSD turnout the way it did this year?
- Perhaps having two signing days did not give Michigan enough time to court some recruits before they signed with their first choice schools in December.
- Or, perhaps winning and being a playoff contending team attracts the top recruits in the country. Michigan fell to South Carolina in an ugly bowl game. This easily could have left a bad taste in recruits’ mouths, especially of those on the edge such as Reese and Petit-Frere.
- The hype around playing for Jim Harbaugh and wearing Jordan issued team apparel has worn off. Players want to win. They want to win championships. They want rings.
BUT. . . onto the 2019 recruiting class! Harbaugh handed out more than 50 offers in the month of January to the class of 2019. There is a lot to cover in the next several months.
First off, Michigan already has four commits from the 2019 class. Five-star defensive end Chris Hinton is ranked first in the nation at his position and his the 14th ranked player overall. The Georgia native has been committed since August of 2017. Harbaugh will have to work extra hard to keep Hinton from falling into the clutches of the Bulldogs, much like what happened with Reese.
Other 2019 commits include four-star offensive guard Nolan Rumler from Ohio, four-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. from Kentucky, and three-star linebacker Charles Thomas from IMG Academy: one of Harbaugh’s favorite recruiting hotbeds.
There have been no other verbal commitments from the 2019 class since Hinton, but expect that to change as summer nears.