Everyone knows RichRod has been in a pressure cooker since the past season ended. This is RichRod's most important recruiting class; Michigan needs several impact freshman in order to contend for the Big Ten title, or RichRod is gone.
Last season, Michigan's defense could best be described as somewhere between woeful and a catastrophe. The secondary was the most culpable. I was convinced opposing receivers had bombs strapped to their body, as why else would Michigan cornerbacks consistently line up 10 yards away from the line of scrimmage?
Unfortunately, the defense is officially "The Situation", as two of Michigan's best defenders, Brandon Graham and Donovan Warren, are both leaving for the NFL.
Recruits will need to fill major holes. Michigan's defense requires a face-lift and it never hurts to get another batch of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers.
These are the recruits that I believe will make immediate impacts come next season.
Safety - Five Star (ESPNU)
Demar Dorsey, at 6'1 180 lbs., is a freak of nature. His combine stats look like they belong to an Avatar, as he runs a 4.25 40 yd dash and his vertical is 39.5".
His athletic ability alone should make him a starter in the Fall and his blend of speed and strength could make Dorsey an intimidating force in the secondary.
He seems to have no weaknesses on the field, but he did commit two felonies on the same day in 2007. I guess he didn't realize the felonies do not cancel each other out. All joking aside, this could be a serious cause for concern, as the sky seems to be the limit for Dorsey. (Update: He was charged but not convicted)
CB - 4 Starr
Cullen Christian is a solid cornerback that will coming to Michigan with nearly all the tools necessary to succeed. Coming out of high school, Cullen is a polished prospect. He is tough on the line of scrimmage and he is proficient in both man and zone coverage.
His one major flaw appears to be his speed, as he runs a pedestrian 4.79 40 yd dash. He has the body and the head of a shutdown corner, but he needs to become quicker before he realizes his potential. Hopefully, Strength and Conditioning coach MIke Barwis and his staff will be able to improve Christian's explosiveness.
Nevertheless, Christian is Michigan's best cornerback recruit. With no returning starters at cornerback, Christian will likely see time immediately. It will be interesting to see if his speed becomes an issue.
WR - 4 Star
Ricardo Miller is the hometown boy with the pornstar name. Michigan has a plethora of wide receivers, but Ricardo's combination of size, speed and a willingness to catch the ball over the middle, will equal playing time in the Fall.
He is tough to jam and loves running with the ball. He could be utilized to exploit mismatches in the same way Koger the Cougar did this past year.
He is attending spring ball along with fellow Ann Arborite, Jeremy Jackson (Jackson is a true native, Ricardo moved to A2 his senior year). Truthfully, Jeremy could end up being an impact freshman receiver as well and they both possess the size and hands missing from Michigan's current crop of receivers.
LB - 4 Star
Marvin Robinson flaunts the raw athletic ability that Michigan needs at linebacker. He runs a 4.61 40 yd dash and like every other Michigan defensive recruit, played both sides of the ball well in high school. He is a strong tackler that plays like a safety in coverage.
If Marvin does want substantial playing time as a freshman, he will need to bulk up. His early attendance should help, as he will have a better grasp of the defense and will give him more time to add muscle through the team's strength and conditioning program.
QB - 4 Star
Devin Gardner is yet another athlete RichRod has added to his collection. He is rated by several pundits as the best spread QB coming out of high school and he may push for early playing time.
At 6'4", Devin Gardner literally stands out among the pack of Michigan quarterbacks. However, Gardner is unrefined. His side arm delivery and unfamiliarity with the offense will probably hinder him from starting right away, but his attendance in the spring may make things interesting.