A Look to the Future: 2010 Michigan Football Recruiting

Ryan JelleyAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2009

National Signing Day has come and gone, and Michigan finished with the seventh best recruiting class in the nation. With no prospects left considering Michigan in 2009, it's time to look forward to the Wolverines' next class.

There are a few things we can expect from the class in 2010. Michigan fans should not expect to land a top ten class next year because it will be a very small class.

Michigan's last three classes ranged anywhere from 20 to 25 recruits, and there is very little chance any juniors skip their senior season, so there should only be 16 to 18 scholarships available.

This could work in the Wolverines' favor, as now they will only have to key in on the top players in the nation instead of giving out scholarships to any three-star athlete that might fit the system.

Michigan should also regain the in-state recruiting crown. Michigan State was labeled as the winner of in-state recruiting this year, but keep in mind only three of MSU's 12 in-state commitments actually got Michigan offers.

The state of Michigan's 2010 class is one of the deepest ever seen. With two possible five-star candidates and quite a few more four-stars. Michigan's biggest challenge next year won't be keeping the in-state players away from MSU but keeping them away from the SEC and ACC schools.

In the 2010, class we can expect the coaching staff will want at least one maybe two QBs, one RB, two maybe three WRs, two OL, four DL, one LB, and three DBs.

The top targets now would be:


QB Devin Gardner

Gardner is possibly the top prospect in the state of Michigan. He holds offers from nearly every Big Ten school, Notre Dame, and Nebraska. Gardner is the prototypical dual-threat QB and is a five-star candidate.


QB Cornelius Jones

Jones is an outstanding athlete but will be over-shadowed because of the massive depth the South has next year. If the Wolverines do sign Jones, he will be a project, as his arm isn't the strongest.


QB Christian Green

Green is a very interesting prospect, as he is being recruited for a different position for each school. Michigan wants him at QB, while Florida schools are looking at him as a WR, and USC wants him at DB.

Green reminds me most of Kevin Newsome, an athlete with tons of potential but is absolute raw talent. Although I would love to land him, expect Green to sign with one of the big three Florida schools.


RB Lache Seastrunk

An athlete like Seastunk comes once every five years. After his performance at the All-American combine, he is being called the second coming of Reggie Bush.

The Texas native is rumored to be LSU's to lose, but Seastrunk has expressed an interest in Michigan due to Rodriguez's offense.


RB Ausin White- White will contend with Nick Hill for the best RB in the state of Michigan next year. White already holds offers from UofM, MSU, and Wisconsin, with offers from Notre Dame and Oregon soon to come.

White is a speedy, shifty back who runs a 4.4 forty and also has the size to play in the Big Ten.


WR Kyle Prater

With commitments from WRs Ricardo Miller and Jeremy Jackson already, Michigan will likely try to land only one more receiver and Prater will be one of their top targets.

Prater put on a better show than any receiver at the All-American combine, and since then, the offers have flowed in. The Illinois native has stated Illinois to be the early leader, but he will still be open to any school.


OT Robert Crisp

The need for offensive linemen won't be as big in this class, but Michigan would still like to sign a couple and Crisp will be the top target. Crisp has stated an early interest in Michigan, and the Wolverines should be a player in his recruitment.


OT Matt James

The Wolverines will need a miracle to pull in James. James comes from an Ohio high school that has sent nearly all their players to either Ohio State or Notre Dame, and with early offers from both programs, don't be surprised if that's where he ends up.

But there is still hope, James was excited to receive an offer from Michigan and said he would definitely look into it.


DL Jay Guy

Guy's recruitment will be interesting to watch. The Texas-native already holds offers from Michigan, Texas A&M, and Stanford but is still waiting on one special offer.

Guy has stated that he will follow the normal recruiting process, but if Texas offers he will nearly certain play for the Longhorns. So the Wolverines have a definite chance if Texas doesn't offer.


DL Derrick Bryant

I have stated in previous articles that Bryant would like to end the recruiting process early, and this bodes well for the Wolverines.

The Columbus native grew up a fan of Michigan and already holds an offer from them, so if he is to commit to anyone soon, it would likely be Michigan.


DL Johnathan Hankins

Hankins has yet to be offered but should be offered soon. Hankins goes to the same school as William Gholston, and it looks that the two may eventually become a package deal. Lucky for the Wolverines, Hankins plays a position in need of some depth, defensive tackle.


DE/LB-William Gholston

Gholston (pictured above facing Will Campbell) is the other player in Michigan vying for the top spot and should be one of the most highly recruited players in the nation. Gholston is a flat-out athlete that could play anywhere on the line or linebacker.

Although Gholston hinted toward an early commitment to OSU or MSU he has since backed off that and made multiple trips to Ann Arbor.

On his last trip, he finally met new DC Greg Robinson and came away very impressed. Michigan is the first school that has stated an interest in using him at LB, and Gholston is very much pleased at this.


DB Dior Mathis

Mathis is another prospect out of the Michigan pipeline Detroit Cass Tech but he will be a much harder one to drag in. Mathis has long stated a desire to play in the South and named Miami the leader for his services.

Many believed an early commitment was forthcoming but in a recent interview Mathis now said Michigan and Miami are neck-and-neck.


DB Marvin Robinson

Few offer lists rival this Florida native's one, with double-digit offers that include USC, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Michigan. Normally the task of getting Robinson would seem impossible, but any recruiting analyst would tell you they would be shocked to see Robinson sign anywhere other than Michigan next year. Robinson has listed Michigan at the top since his sophomore year and the Maize& Blue will be sure to get him on campus multiple times this fall. If any player is a lock this would be the one.