The Wolverines just make the cut for signing Devin Gardner, the top dual-threat quarterback available and a player Rich Rodriguez sure could have used two years ago.
Gardner looked every bit like what the scouts thought of him in Michigan's spring practices and its recent spring game: raw, unorthodox, but flashing that special ability to look natural, stand tall, play beyond his years and exert his will on a defense like only the greatest are able to do.
Joining Gardner are two running backs that have "overachiever" written all over them—Texas buster Stephen Hopkins, who could see plenty of time as a true freshman in Brandon Minor's old big-back role, and Austin White, a cut-and-go runner who faces a likely redshirt behind Michigan's depth at the position.
The Wolverines missed on many offensive line prospects but did sign Christian Pace, Scout's No. 11 center and an ideal prospect for Michigan's demanding reach-block scheme.
Five fly wideouts will add to a position of need for the Wolverines, and three—Ricardo Miller, Jeremy Jackson and Jerald Robinson—were all able to enroll early and get reps while receivers Je'Ron Stokes, Junior Hemingway, and Martavious Odoms took time off with injuries this spring.
No sense boring you with the details. Fact is, Gardner's is the name to know. If Rodriguez can get out of 2010 alive, the Wolverines—under their five-star QB—will actually, finally, be at a place where a Big Ten Championship is a legitimate possibility again.