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How does Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class compare to others in the Big Ten?
An interesting topic a few months into the 2018 cycle is seeing what Big Ten teams are up to, recruiting-wise.
Those who follow Michigan recruiting know that the Wolverines’ class is rated No. 17 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. Michigan’s eight commitments include five 4-star prospects and three 3-star recruits.
Michigan has finished with the Big Ten’s second-best recruiting class two years in a row, trailing Ohio State both times.
Early in the 2018 cycle, though, the Wolverines have some ground to make up as they trail more than just the Buckeyes in May.
What do the rankings look like in the Big Ten?
The top five is an interesting group, especially because it doesn’t include Michigan.
Ohio State claims the top spot, while Penn State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Minnesota round out the five best recruiting classes in the Big Ten.
Who’s going to stay at the top?
Expect Ohio State, once again, to finish in the top two of the Big Ten recruiting rankings. The Buckeyes have some serious competition this cycle in Penn State, which has hit the ground running in 2018.
Both schools already have multiple 5-star prospects. The Nittany Lions have 13 overall commitments (two 5-star prospects, five 4-star and six 3-star), while the Buckeyes have 10 (two 5-star prospects, eight 4-star).
Those two schools will be a mainstay at the top, while Nebraska could be surpassed by Michigan, but only by a slim margin, if at all.
Who’s going to fall?
Northwestern (ranked No. 4) and Minnesota (No. 5) are both sure to fall.
Why are they ranked so high now?
It has a lot to do with their early volume of commitments. Both the Gophers and Wildcats have 13 commitments, more than any other school in the conference except Penn State, which also has 13.
The reason these two schools likely will fall is simple: The ranking of their prospects is lower than other schools. All of the Gophers’ commitments are 3-star prospects, and just one of the Wildcats’ commits isn’t a 3-star prospect.
That’s not going to hold up when a school such as Michigan begins adding more commits ranked inside the top 300 prospects nationally.
Where will Michigan end up?
Obviously, there’s no sure answer for this so early in the cycle, but there’s at least a good estimate on where the Wolverines will finish.
Passing Ohio State won’t happen and passing Penn State would be a surprise. That leaves Nebraska at No. 3, which Michigan could pass if it pushes toward 20 commitments.
But the latter is unlikely, and passing Nebraska in the 2018 class is going to be a tough task.
Expect a No. 4 finish for the Wolverines based on what we know now. But, again, it’s early.
Michigan offers 2019 3-star ATH Jammie Robinson
Michigan offered another 2019 prospect on Friday morning while the Wolverines staff travels the nation during the evaluation period.
The newest addition to the 2019 offer sheet is Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County athlete Jammie Robinson, a 3-star prospect, according to 247Sports rankings.
Robinson dished on his offer from Michigan with Land of 10 on Friday afternoon.
“[Linebackers] coach Chris Partridge came to talk to me and he told me he liked my film and he like my game,” Robinson said moments before he walked into work at his after-school job at a fast food restaurant. “So then, he offered me.”
— Jammie Robinson (@Jammierobinson6) May 19, 2017
Robinson’s 5-foot-11, 180-pound frame has room to grow, and he’s just a high school sophomore.
No film analysis is really needed for Robinson.
Because the numbers don’t lie: On defense, at strong safety, he tallied 106 tackles, 9 for loss, with 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Offensively, at running back, he carried 190 times for 1,384 yards and 20 touchdowns.
All of that as a sophomore … so, again, not much film is needed on the young man from the Peach State, where Michigan is well-represented now with three commitments in its 2018 class.
So, how serious is Robinson’s interest in Michigan?
“I have a lot of interest in Michigan,” Robinson said. “This summer, I’m going to try to get [to Ann Arbor].”
A visit from Robinson would a big one for Michigan to spark his interest to a new level.
Robinson is ranked as the nation’s No. 268 overall prospect, though if he has a junior campaign similar to his sophomore year that number is sure to rise.