The best day of the year officially came to an end. With National Signing Day coming and going, Michigan landed the #6 spot in the nation for its recruiting class trailing Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida State and USC according to ESPN.com. A rollercoaster of a day for all schools has finally reached halt. Michigan hosted their second annual “Signing of the Stars” event to welcome new Wolverines. With the day wrapped up, let’s take a look at some of the talent that Michigan has brought in for the 2017 upcoming season.
Signing with the Stars
Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines held another Signing of the Stars event this National Signing Day. Without exciting characters like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, the latter having another big day to prepare for, the event was still a huge success.
Michigan brought in former players such as Braylon Edwards, Graham Glasgow, Devin Funchess and more to help introduce the newest Wolverines. Jim Harbaugh was a very popular man today and every newcomer was given a pair of Michigan customized Jordans and of course, a pair of khakis. The stars were welcomed onto the scene with arms wide open from Michigan fans. This group of young men is looking to help restore Michigan to the glory days.
Michigan already had commitments from many prominent athletes. The biggest stories during National Signing Day were DT Aubrey Solomon and WR Nico Collins announced that they were going to attend the University of Michigan next year. Aubrey Solomon made his announcement at 10:25am EST whereas Collins decision came later at 12:18pm EST with a tweet. Both Solomon and Collins were a toss up between Michigan and Georgia, and both ultimately made the right decision and chose Ann Arbor. Aubrey Solomon will have an immediate impact during his true-freshman season. It is uncertain whether Collins will elect to redshirt or not considering the abundance of talent at the receiver position. Solomon will only compliment Michigan’s defensive line alongside with Rashan Gary, Maurice Hurst and others.
With National Signing Day being slower than last year’s in terms of live commitments and new commitments as well. However, that doesn’t mean that Michigan lacked talent and players. Many of Michigan’s bigger recruits had already decided to continue their academic and athletic careers at Michigan. Here are some of the bigger names:
Colorado Player of the Year. ☑️
No. 2 QB in the nation. ☑️#NewBlue ☑️
Dylan McCaffrey, brother of former Stanford star Christian, will come to Michigan and make a name for himself. Knowing Jim Harbaugh, he won’t announce the starting QB until moments before the game. Harbaugh likes to keep the quarterback position as mysterious as possible and will it will likely be a battle to who gets the starting nod, even though Wilton Speight is returning for his senior season. Whether or not McCaffrey starts this year or the next, he will embrace whichever role he is given and strive to be the best possible player, playmaker, and teammate.
Another Paramus Catholic LB is coming to A2!
Drew Singleton was a huge snag for Michigan, thanks to the help of New Jersey native Jabrill Peppers. Singleton will be among many players battling for the starting position at linebacker, which looks to be a huge battle this Spring.
Five-star linebacker, Jordan Anthony (@Jordan_LittleBO), is the No. 1 Inside Linebacker prospect in the country! 〽#NewBlue #BluePrint17 pic.twitter.com/b7wQA1UDg8
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) February 1, 2017
Ah, good ole IMG Academy. So many fond memories at that institution for Jim Harbaugh. Well, his off-campus satellite camp worked for the #1 inside linebacker in the nation because he his headed to Ann Arbor. Another linebacker to that loaded group, Spring training will be tons of fun watching that battle.
O-line is ?.
Chuck Filiaga (@CFiliaga) is a 4-star prospect at OT & No. 14 rated overall.
Chuck Filiaga made his decision to come to Michigan during the Army All-American Bowl. The 340 pound monster will help protect the quarterback and establish the run game during the 2017 season.
The No. 1 center in the nation will call the Big House HO〽E!
Cesar Ruiz will have an instant impact during his freshman season. Look for Ruiz to potentially grab a spot on the All-American team as a freshman with his ability to stay mobile with some of the nation’s top defensive lines.
Donovan Peoples-Jones (@dpeoplesjones) = Beast.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is the No. 1 player out of Michigan and decided to stay home and attend the University of Michigan. With the departures of Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh, look for DPJ to come onto the scene and strive for success at The Big House.
Other notable names that Michigan had already picked up include S Jaylen Kelly-Powell, LB Ben Mason, WR Tarik Black, CB Ambry Thomas and many, many more recruits. Michigan picked up 27 ESPN Top 300 commits this season which is more than both Alabama and Ohio State. Harbaugh has set up a promising future for the Wolverines with his ability to recruit these last two season. Heading into his third year, Michigan has their eyes aimed on one goal: winning the Big Ten championship. Michigan looks to end the drought of championship-less seasons which date back to 2004. However, Harbaugh has put Michigan in a good spot and the team continues to take footsteps towards that direction. With Harbaugh in-town, Michigan football will be relevant for a long, long time. Go Blue!