Michigan Football: 4 Recruits U-M Must Land to Have Big Ten's Best Class

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2012

Michigan Football: 4 Recruits U-M Must Land to Have Big Ten's Best Class

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    Michigan currently has the best recruiting class in the Big Ten, but what must it do to remain there?

    Realistically, there is only one team that could overtake it for that top overall spot, OSU. The Buckeyes currently have 19 commits, so a few more will obviously be taken.

    Michigan, on the other hand, will only be looking to take one or two more players. As long as the Wolverines' final player or two is a big name, though, they should hold onto the best class in the conference.

    Who are some of those big-name players that would qualify? Here's a look at the ones Michigan has at least somewhat of a shot with.

Laquon Treadwell

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    Whether or not Michigan has a realistic shot with Treadwell anymore can be debated. Things have taken a turn for the worse after looking very positive as recently as a few months ago.

    Considered by Rivals.com to be the best receiver in the country and the No. 10 player overall, Treadwell would certainly push Michigan's class up a notch or two.

    However, the odds that he ends up in Ann Arbor are slim. That's especially discouraging when considering the fact that receiver is one of the biggest needs for Michigan.

    Sure, it's nice having Jaron Dukes, Csont'e York and Da'Mario Jones all committed, but none of them are rated higher than a 3-star.

    Other than Morris, Treadwell could really be the gem of this recruiting class if he chose to come.

Leon McQuay III

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    Landing Leon McQuay III would certainly cause this class to finish with a bang.

    He is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in the country and would fit in perfectly in this Michigan secondary.

    However, both Vanderbilt and USC are going to be tough to beat out for McQuay's services. USC's class appeared to be full as recently as a few weeks ago, but the Trojans lost Max Redfield, opening up a possible spot for McQuay.

    If Michigan were to land this standout from Florida, it would certainly help it maintain the top class in the Big Ten.

    The only way OSU would be able to overtake it, then, would probably be to land three or four of the best players in the country, which is unlikely.

Cameron Hunt

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    I bet most people didn't see this one coming.

    Yes, Cameron Hunt is a current Cal commit, but most people don't think that commitment will hold true.

    He is planning to visit other schools, including a trip to Michigan in January. However, will Dave Dawson's second pledge to this recruiting class affect a potential visit by Hunt?

    Honestly, it wouldn't be surprising to see these Michigan coaches accept a sixth offensive lineman in this class.

    Even though he's not rated as one of the 250 best players by Rivals.com, he is still rated as a 4-star.

    Adding any 4-star really helps out a team's class, and the addition of Hunt would certainly boost Michigan's class even more.

Derrick Green

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    This one would obviously keep Michigan's class No. 1 in the Big Ten.

    Green is widely considered the best back in the country, and landing him would boost Michigan's class tremendously.

    Plus, the Wolverines need the help in the backfield. Who knows how (if) Toussaint will bounce back from his injury, and Thomas Rawls has yet to prove much of anything.

    Green would really be the perfect finish to this already stellar 2013 class.

    It would almost be a surprise to some if he doesn't end up at Michigan. Fans will have a lot of fun watching his recruitment wind down over the next month or so!


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    Honestly, this Michigan class shouldn't have too tough of a time finishing with the best group in the Big Ten.

    OSU will make a run for that spot, but it would be a bit surprising if it ends up passing the Wolverines.

    Michigan just needs to land one very solid player, preferably Green, and it should have that top spot all but wrapped up.

    OSU will land its fair share of good players down the stretch as well, but Michigan looks to have a big enough of a lead right now on it.

    Last year's 2012 class was extremely impressive, but this 2013 class looks like it should indeed be even better.