Michigan Football: How Bret Bielema's Departure Impacts the Wolverines

Joel GreerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2012

Bret Bielema's last visit to the Big House in 2010
Bret Bielema's last visit to the Big House in 2010Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Before Bret Bielema spends his first day as the new football coach at Arkansas, the recruiting vultures will be in Madison to poach what they can from Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class. (Several sources, including ESPN, reported Bielema's move to Arkansas Tuesday afternoon.)

You can be sure that Ohio State's Urban Meyer and other Big Ten coaches have their eyes on Corey Clement, a former Buckeye recruit and Pittsburgh commit.

A 5'10”, 200-lb running back from New Jersey, Clement de-committed from Pittsburgh and jumped to Wisconsin in early November.

Rated a 4-star back by Scout.com, Foreman held offers from Penn State, Notre Dame and Nebraska, besides the Buckeyes.

With Michigan already the subject of Meyer's raids, there's no reason Brady Hoke shouldn't get in on the act.

Michigan currently has 22 commits in what could turn out to be its best class in years, but they could still add two or three more.

The primary targets are running back Derrick Green, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and defensive back Leon McQuay, but other schools are after them.

Wisconsin wasn't exactly having a banner recruiting class, but Hoke could fill one or two of his remaining slots with a current Wisconsin commit.

Earlier, Michigan made an offer to Rob Wheelwright, a 6'2”, 170-lb possession receiver from Columbus, Ohio.

Grabbing anyone from Meyer's shadows would be a feather in Hoke's cap.

Clement, 4-star safety Tyler Foreman and 3-star linebacker Garret Dooley could all help the Wolverines complete their 2013 class, should they jump over to Michigan.

Bielema leaving Wisconsin for Arkansas was definitely not expected.

Despite an 8-5 overall record, Wisconsin won its third straight conference title by defeating Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten Championship Game. The Badgers will meet Stanford Jan. 1 in the Rose Bowl.