Currently the Wolverines have two TEs, three OL, four DL, four LBs, and three DBs committed. What will the rest of the class look like? Here are my predictions for the remaining nine openings:
QB - Gunner Kiel, 5-star No. 1 QB, Columbus, IN. Delayed his Sunday decision for what some believe another chance to visit Michigan. We will see where this one goes.
WR - Aaron Burbridge, 4-star No. 11 WR, Farmington Hills, MI. His friends (Funchess and Ojemudia) are Ann Arbor bound. If he qualifies, he will be in the Maize and Blue in 2012. If not, he will be a Wolverine in 2013.
OL - Jordan Diamond, 4-star No. 9 OT, Chicago, IL. Thought to be a Michigan lean all along. He will solidify a solid Michigan offensive line for years to come.
OL - Paul Thurston, 4-star No. 16 OG, Arvada, CO. Recently said Michigan was at the top of his group. I think he will go blue in the end and be a great pickup for Hoke's Wolverines.
DE - Chris Wormley, 4-star No. 13 DE, Toledo, OH. This is a Michigan/Ohio State battle, and it is one that Michigan is winning and should win in the end.
DT - Ondre Pipkens, 4-star No. 14 DT, Kansas City, MO. He was born and raised in Saginaw. According to sources he will name a final five tomorrow and Michigan is supposedly leading. Look for him to go blue in the end.
FS - Jarrod Wilson, 4-star No. 10 FS, Akron, OH. Wilson now takes the spot of Brooklyn CB/S Wayne Morgan. Wilson had nine interceptions and five returned for touchdowns in 2010. The staff is pursuing him hard and Michigan is in his top three.
Best Available - To feel out the class, I think Michigan will take the two best available players who commit. This could include a number of guys and they should be elite prospects. The most likely are:
RB Brionte Dunn (5-star and pondering his OSU commitment), WR D'wayne Stanford (4-star), OT Zach Banner (4-star), OG Josh Garnett (5-star), DT Jaleel Johnson/Sheldon Day (4-star), DE Adolphus Washington/Se'von Pittman, or QB Austin Appleby (3-star, and if Hoke misses on Kiel).
Most likely: DT Jaleel Johnson and OT Zach Banner. Hoke wants to solidify the offensive and defensive lines for years to come and does just that with these pick ups.