Michigan Football Recruiting: Which Top Recruits Does Brady Hoke Need to Land?

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Brady Hoke cheers on his team from the sideline while playing the Purdue Boilermakers at Michigan Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 36-14. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2011 college football regular season is now over, which means recruiting the big-time players becomes a top priority for some teams, even during preparation for a bowl game. 

New head coach Brady Hoke had a fantastic year, and he is putting together a great recruiting class for the Michigan Wolverines, but he still has work to do. 

These next couple of months are very vital for recruiting. National Signing Day is in February, meaning the early winter months provide a great opportunity to convince star prospects to chose your respective school. 

With that said, here are three talented recruits with interest in Michigan. It would greatly benefit Hoke if he can get them all. 


Stefon Diggs, ATH

As one of the top-10 recruits in country, Diggs has offers pouring in from all over the place. He's been quiet about who the front-runner is, but the Wolverines are in the mix. 

It's a big list, which is why Hoke has to push hard to land this exceptional athlete. He has the skills to play at wide receiver or running back and could easily see early action as a return specialist if needed. 

Listed at 6'0", 185 pounds, Diggs will need to bulk up for the collegiate level, especially if he wants to play running back. 

He's only taken one official visit, which was to California, so he is definitely a player to keep an eye on for the remainder of the year. Michigan is in the running with USC, Ohio State, Cal and Florida, which means this will be a true test to how well Hoke can recruit. 

Landing Diggs would give the Wolverines great depth, and he would certainly be a future star at Michigan. 


Yuri Wright, DB 

Regarded as the third best cornerback recruit in the nation, Wright would be a huge splash for the Wolverines. 

Greg Mattison is transforming Michigan into a powerful defense once again, and adding Wright to the mix would make them a much stronger unit. 

The Wolverines need all the depth they can get on defense, which means Hoke and his staff need to make sure they get Wright to pick them 

Listed at 6'1", 185 pounds, Wright has the size and speed to excel in college. He's taken an official visit to Colorado, and Rivals.com says he'll be checking out Notre Dame this weekend. 

ESPN's recruiting page says that Wright has a planned visit to Michigan in early January, so a Sugar Bowl win would surely help lure him to Ann Arbor.


Joshua Garnett, OT 

While the speed and skill players are important to get, oftentimes the big lineman are overlooked. The Wolverines already have one solid offensive tackle verbally committed to them, but being able to get Garnett would do wonders for Hoke's first recruiting class. 

Stanford is high on his list because it's close to his home in Washington, but having visited Notre Dame and Michigan makes Garnett a big target. Rivals.com also reports that Garnett will visit Auburn in early January. 

Listed at 6'5", 275 pounds, Garnett will need to add weight to become dominant, but it's not a worry in a college workout program.

Since he is such a dynamic run-blocker, he would fit in perfectly with what Hoke is trying to develop the Wolverines offense into.


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