At one point, Hoke appeared to be well on his way to dominating the trails with his 2015 class.
With 5-star running back Damien Harris and 5-star wideout George Campbell, the Wolverines coach had a concentrated stockpile that partially overshadowed his solid 2014 collection, which was ranked No. 20 nationally by 247Sports.
However, after a dismal 7-6 season, Hoke watched both bluechips change their minds, no longer wishing to stay committed to the Wolverines. The losses were incredibly untimely—right in the thick of recruiting season—but Hoke survived.
Michigan football will survive, too.
Sure, the losses sting, but Harris and Campbell aren't completely out of the picture. And should they choose to play elsewhere, Hoke has plenty of time to reload. He'll be busy during the offseason finding the next in line.
Considering the level of young talent in Ann Arbor, that shouldn't be too difficult.
One look at Michigan's presumed lineup of underclassmen should be enough to attract the big fish. Hoke's not afraid to play qualified youngsters, so envisioning a youthful offense with Shane Morris throwing to sophomore and junior receivers, and even the occasional frosh, isn't out of the question.
Why wouldn't a receiver such as Campbell want to play with Morris, or even Wilton Speight?
Why wouldn't a back such as Harris want to run behind a line that will feature Mason Cole, Ben Braden, Logan Tuley-Tillman and other up-and-coming frontmen?
The pieces are in Hoke's hands, he just has to make them fit into the big picture.
OK, here comes the bad news: Michigan could lose Harris to Kentucky—but Harris is from Kentucky, so it's not so bad.
Campbell may not come back, either.
But don't start worrying until in-state 5-stars give Hoke the snub.
Campbell could very well end up in the Big Ten...just not at Michigan.
For What it's Worth
Campbell's 247 profile indicates "warm" interest in the Wolverines. Harris' profile indicates "warmer" interest.