A Top Ten Recruiting Class After a 3-9 Season?

Brian MitchellContributor IJune 22, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Head Coach Rich Rodriguez of the Michigan Wolverines watches from the sidelines during the game against the Michigan State Spartans on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 35-21. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    This year, Michigan has definitely gotten off to a head start in the recruiting game. It is nearing the end of June and Michigan has accepted 15 commitments already. With big name recruits still left on the board, one has to wonder if Michigan will wait around for many of them that want to declare on signing day. 
    Offensive line star Seantrel Henderson is the consensus number one player in the nation. Michigan is currently head-to-head with schools like USC, Minnesota, and Notre Dame for his services. Another big-time recruit is Florida standout offensive guard Torrian Wilson. He has made it known that Michigan is his number one school along with Miami. Pennsylvania stud defensive back Cullen Christian has Michigan as his top school and might be one of the premier players at his position. Five-star defensive tackle Shariff  Floyd also holds Michigan in high regards. Sources believe that Michigan and Penn State will battle it out for his services. Recently, running back Eduardo Clements from Florida seemed to impress at the Michigan football camp. There are rumors about Clements placing Michigan as his top school over Florida State. Top wide-out Kyle Prater has also expressed interest in Michigan despite 5 other wide-out commits to Michigan. This information is not yet valid but it does show that even a 3-9 Michigan season will not hold big recruits away from the maize and blue.
    Michigan currently  holds about 5-6 scholarships left for recruits in the 2010 signing class. The number is expected to grow based on pending situations but Rich Rodriguez and Co. have done a fantastic job considering the sour season that loomed over the 2009 year.
    The class might be a top ten class considering that U-M commit Devin Gardner will be a likely candidate for a fifth star. Also, Cullen Christian is ranked as the #3 DB in the country (Scout.com) and many believe he can earn a fifth star as well. Pending a great season safety commit Marvin Robinson may follow with an extra star.

Top Prospects Left on the Board
*Seantrel Hederson -OL, **Ricky Heimuli -DT, **Eduardo Clements -RB, **Austin White -RB, Jeff Luc -LB, Marcus Lattimore -RB, Lache Seastrunk -RB, Mack Brown -RB, **Spencer Ware -ATH-, **Nick Hill -RB, **Kyle Prater -WR, C.J. Fiedorowicz -TE, *Torrian Wilson -OL, Jackson Jeffcoat -DE, **C.J. Olaniyan -DE, Derrick Bryant -DE, Christian Green -ATH, ***Holmes Onwukaife -LB, DE, *Jibreel Black -DT, Jordan Hicks -LB, *Cullen Christian -DB, *Latwan Anderson -S, ***Travis Williams -ATH, *Lo Wood -DB, Mike Sadler -P, *Rashad Knight -DB, Corey Nelson -LB, Tony Grimes -DB,
Dior Mathis -DB

* Has Michigan as a top school
**Showing interest
*** Tried to commit already

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