Don't you just love this time of year? No, not for the national championship game tonight or the NFL playoffs. It's the final month of recruiting for the 2010 class.
All the ranked un-committed high school football players are getting more attention than Paris Hilton at a Star Trek convention. Coaches are calling them and trying to get them to take official visits where they can serve them the local "kool-aide" and trying to get them to sign on February 3.
They put in their heads the dream of the NFL, playing as a freshman, and being a champion and holding that crystal trophy someday. It's like Christmas in January for these kids. It's also like a rollercoaster if you follow it closely.
- Michigan is expecting nine players to enroll early.
- Six actually make it in, with two having to wait until this summer.
- One is a holdover for the 2009 class that was working hard this offseason to get his grades up, but for some reason (most likely) isn't going to qualify.
- One player that wasn't going to enroll early, also has grade issues and won't be in Ann Arbor even this Fall.
- An instate prospect on the defensive line picks Ohio State over Michigan and Florida.
A Michigan prep CB, Dior Mathis, who is at the Army All American game and has a final three of MSU, Oregon, and Michigan, is expected to announce for the Ducks or the Spartans on Saturday. But this ESPN reporter believes he will announce for Michigan.
Michigan prep safety prospect Earnest Thomas de-committed from UCLA today to stay closer to home. Does this have anything to do with Michigan? Don't know yet. He is rated a three-star prospect from Rivals and the No. 47th ranked safety in the country.
Tony Grimes, a CB from Florida that is part of a package deal that RR is working on for signing day is playing in another All Star Game in late January.
The Numbers Game:
Here are the current players "in play" for the Wolverines:
- Teammates from Florida Tony Grimes, CB and Clarence Murphy, DE
- Teammates from Miami Torrian Wilson, OL and Todd Chandler, DT
- California Safety Sean Parker (playing in the Army All American game this weekend)
- Florida Safety Rashad Knight
- Michael Taylor, LB and current Tennessee verbal
- Jibrell Black, DE and current Cincinnati verbal
Michigan will want to fill as many spots as possible with this class and getting the above list on campus for one of the remaining weekends will help Rich Rod and staff close the 2010 class. Similar to last year, this is going to come right down to the finish line.