Michigan's Brady Hoke
When Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon announced Brady Hoke as 19th head football coach for the Wolverines in January 2011, most Michigan fans did not know how to initially react.
After all, Hoke was not a flashy name in the college football coaching ranks. His only head coaching stints included Ball State and San Diego State University where he compiled a 47-50 record from 2003 through 2010.
There was an element of the fan base that was disappointed and angry when Brandon didn't deliver Jim Harbaugh or Les Miles to the podium for a grand introduction.
For everyone else, Hoke remained a mystery, yet many were pleased from the fact that he understood the Michigan program and this came from the experience of serving as an assistant at Michigan under former coaches Moeller and Carr from 1995-2003.
From this point alone, Hoke was already a so called, "Michigan Man."
From the beginning, however, Hoke did enjoy one aspect as the new Michigan coach.
The entire fan base, no matter what feelings they harnessed, were willing to unite by giving him a chance to bring Michigan the respect that it once had on the gridiron.
In a matter of weeks, Hoke assembled an excellent staff to surround himself with. This included the hiring of Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison who would have to rebuild a defense that was nonexistent the previous three years.
He immediately began recruiting top talent to Ann Arbor leading to a top 10 national class for 2012.
In the midst of his recruiting, Michigan dominated the in state recruitment process while picking up some of the top talent in the Midwest including the state of Ohio.
It quickly became evident that Hoke was an excellent recruiter.
Nevermind the fact that David Brandon stated this as one of his reasons for hiring Hoke when he introduced him as the new head coach.
Nevermind the fact that many years ago when he was an assistant at Michigan, Hoke convinced a kid named Tom Brady to leave California and play football in the snow in Ann Arbor, Mich.
David Brandon knew that Hoke could recruit top talent to come to Ann Arbor. After all, he had done his homework on Hoke before offering him the job.
He knew that Hoke's former and current players deeply respected him, especially his former Michigan players.
It was easy to tell from Hoke's introduction speech that he cared about kids. Maybe more than his win or loss record, and that is rare among coaches at any level today.
He wanted the job at Michigan and believed in the product which makes it an easy sell in the world of recruiting.
The fact that he guided the 2011 Wolverines in his first year to an 11-2 record which included a Sugar Bowl win further aids him in his ability to recruit.
This was clearly evidenced this past weekend when Michigan received eight commitments for the class of 2013. Each of the commitments are rated as 4-star recruits, according to Rivals.com.
The 2013 commitment class stands at 11, and 10 of them are 4-star rated Rivals.com prospects.
There are three commitments from the state of Ohio which proves that Hoke can recruit in Ohio against Ohio State's Urban Meyer, which is not an easy task.
If the current recruitment pace continues for Hoke, the ability to land a top 5 national recruiting class is a real possibility for 2013.
Therefore, Hoke has proven himself to be a top recruiter alongside the nation's elite college football programs.