Brady Hoke got things done early and right in the 2013 recruiting process.
There are plenty of schools whose names are getting mentioned on national signing day. Ohio State picked up commitments from safety Vonn Bell and WR James Clark on Wednesday. Ole Miss is cleaning up on top recruits. Alabama, Auburn, UCLA and USC are all on the tip of everyone's tongues.
One school we haven't heard from recruits and most pundits today is Michigan. Nobody is announcing in a hat ceremony that he has decided to attend Michigan. That means Michigan's not upgrading its class while many other top programs are...and yet, there's also nobody announcing they're attending another school over Michigan, either.
Where do you rank Michigan's recruiting class?
Michigan had its 2013 class of verbal commitments in place well before Wednesday. It signed that class on Wednesday—all of it, nobody more, nobody less...and per MLive.com, they were all signed before noon. That's that. No bleary eyes, no standing around a war room with everyone's fingers crossed. No drama.
And that's exactly the way Brady Hoke—or just about any other coach—would want it.
It is in fact a testament to Hoke's recruiting skill that he was able to lock up this recruiting class so well in advance and then keep it locked down all the way through signing day without any serious issues. Those verbal commitments were rock-solid, and Michigan was spared the roster and scholarship uncertainty most other top programs have to go through as a result
Yes, it's probably the case that Hoke wanted top 5-star RB Derrick Green to commit well before he did, in late January as one of the two crown jewels of the 2013 recruiting class (the other being 5-star QB Shane Morris).
But Green committed on Jan. 26, nearly two full weeks before national signing day. And that was it. He was the finishing touch. The only thing Hoke and his staff had left to do at that point was make sure everyone was still on board, and what do you know: Everyone stayed on board.
What that does is free up Michigan to recruit for 2014, and wouldn't you know it: Michigan just welcomed a 2014 recruit to the class on Wednesday. That would be Wilton Speight, a 3-star 6'6" gunslinger QB from Richmond, VA. It's a nice message to not only the rest of the nation but current "QB of the future" Shane Morris that the recruiting process never stops, and if you're not getting better you're getting worse.
As it stands right now, Michigan keeps getting better.