Michigan Football Recruiting: Analyzing the Impact of Winovich's Commitment

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Michigan Football Recruiting: Analyzing the Impact of Winovich's Commitment
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Michigan received its 11th commit in the 2014 class on Saturday, when Pennsylvania native linebacker Chase Winovich pledged to the Wolverines.

He chose Michigan over his other two finalists, Pittsburgh and Ohio State. Even though he is only rated as a 3-star by a number of recruiting services, Winovich still holds a number of impressive offers.

Schools such as Arkansas, Florida State, Stanford, and Tennessee all made offers to the 6'3", 216-pound linebacker.

So what does Winovich's commitment all mean for Michigan? First of all, the already numbers-tight 2014 class is one step closer to being completed. The Wolverines only plan on taking 17 to 20 kids, so the class is already over half full.

This tight numbers crunching method could be a good thing, though, as it will allow the Michigan coaches to be incredibly picky on who they take down the stretch.

When looking at the elite prospects Michigan is still in contention for, there isn't much doubt that the conclusion to this class is going to be a special one. Maybe Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1 overall player in the country, will wind up being a part of it.

Leonard Fournette and Andrew Brown are also two of the best players in the country, but they are both considered longshots. Regardless, anything can happen if Michigan gets those kids on campus.

What about Adoree Jackson and Joe Mixon? Both are California natives, but Michigan certainly has a realistic shot with both, especially Jackson.

Those five names I just talked about are all 5-star players and some of the most coveted prospects nationally. I haven't even touched on some of the other 4-stars Michigan may land.

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Malik McDowell, a Detroit native, is one of the best defensive ends in the country, and Michigan has as good a shot as anybody to land him. The Wolverines also have a very good chance at securing Artavis Scott, a stud receiver from Florida.

Jabrill Peppers' commitment could have an effect on another very good corner, Parrker Westphal, who better pledge soon if he still wants to have a spot in this class.

It's actually quite amazing the effect an elite player like Peppers can have on others. Great players want to play with other great players, and we are seeing evidence of that very notion.

Even though Winovich might not be the headline player or anything even close to that in this class, he's still an important addition. Sure, it's great to have a class filled with 4 and 5-star players, but every year we see plenty of those prospects who don't pan out.

And every year we see plenty of sleepers who turn into stars. It's important to gather up the elite prospects, but at the same time some unheralded kids need to be included as well.

What does that tell you about how well Michigan is recruiting when we can call a kid like Winovich unheralded?

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