Michigan concentrated heavily on in-state players for its 2017 class, with nine eventually becoming a part of the class. But in 2018, it will be far different. From the early looks of things, Florida will be where Michigan looks to land a large chunk of its recruits.
The Wolverines have offered 47 recruits who are attending high school in Florida for their senior seasons in the 2018 class. That’s ahead of Ohio, California and Georgia, who round out the top four states.
The past two classes have been up-and-down for Michigan in the Sunshine State.
In 2016, the Wolverines signed six players from Florida. All were natives of the state, and one (Devin Bush, Jr.), was a Florida State legacy that Michigan was able to pry away.
In 2017, the Wolverines signed just two from Florida in linebacker Jordan Anthony and center Cesar Ruiz. Both attended Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy for their senior seasons, but neither were natives. Anthony, from Maryland, transferred for his senior campaign. While Ruiz, from New Jersey, did the same.
After the 2016 class, it looked as if Jim Harbaugh and his staff were ready to jump into Florida and make an impact, but the class that followed landed no true Florida natives. Still, the Wolverines are primed to head back into Florida full bore.
With 47 offers out, Land of 10 went through all 47 to get a specific count on how realistic Michigan’s chances are to land some of those offered. With early momentum on numerous recruits from the state, here’s a quick breakdown:
Offers in Florida: 47
Florida recruits with offers that Michigan realistically has chance to land: 14
Of those 14, prospects with whom Michigan is seen as a top school/favorite: 3
The biggest names where Michigan stands out as a serious contender in Florida is Jacksonville TE Will Mallory, Bradenton IMG Academy OG Curtis Dunlap, and OT Daniel Faalele, and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas DE Nik Bonitto. All are ranked as 4-star recruits by the 247Sports composite, except for Faalele, who has no composite ranking yet.
Of course, it’s early in the process, so just because Michigan might not be a favorite for a guy right now, or even seen as having little-to-no shot, there’s too much time left in the cycle to count them out for anyone.
Think of Nick Eubanks in 2016 – a 4-star TE that Michigan didn’t even offer until the final month but who committed immediately. Or Aubrey Solomon, not from Florida, but as of March 2016, he didn’t even have a Michigan offer. Of course, he ended up committing (twice) and signing with the Wolverines in the end.
New Jersey and Ohio will always be Michigan’s two mainstays outside of the state. Yet those two states have a combined 21 scholarship offers from Michigan for the 2018 class.
In talent-rich Florida, though, the Wolverines have identified — so far — 47 guys worthy of offering a full-ride scholarship offer.