ANN ARBOR, Mich. — National Signing Day is over for Michigan and Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines have 19 players in the incoming 2018 freshman class, including three early enrollees.
Here’s a look at where the Wolverines’ 2018 freshman class ranks nationally, in the Big Ten Conference and in the last 10 years of Michigan recruiting.
Where Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class ranks nationally
Michigan has the nation’s No. 21 class, according to 247Sports’ composite team rankings as of 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Wolverines opened Wednesday at No. 17 after locking up much of its class during the December early signing period, but dipped a few notches as Wednesday progressed and other teams added to their classes.
Michigan has only one 5-star recruit: linebacker Cameron McGrone, who is No. 24 in 247Sports’ player rankings. He is a 4-star prospect on the 247Sports composite.
The loss of three prospects late in the recruiting period didn’t help Michigan’s ranking. Five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere signed with Ohio State, 4-star offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson signed with Notre Dame and 4-star linebacker Otis Reese flipped to Georgia. Reese had committed to Michigan in June 2016.
Where Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class ranks in the Big Ten
Michigan’s incoming freshman class is third in the Big Ten, behind Ohio State and Penn State, a drop from No. 2. The Wolverines had ranked second in the Big Ten in recruiting in three of the previous four years, save for 2015, when they dropped to fifth after a coaching change.
Where Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class ranks historically
This is Michigan’s second-lowest-rated incoming class under Harbaugh. His first recruiting class in 2015 finished No. 37 in the nation, but included only 14 players. Harbaugh also had about five weeks to assemble or maintain the incoming freshman class after he accepted the job on Dec. 30, 2014.
Harbaugh’s 2017 class ranked fifth nationally, and his 2016 class ranked eighth.
Michigan’s highest-rated class in the last 10 years was in 2013, when the Wolverines were No. 4 in the nation. That year, Michigan landed 5-star running back Derrick Green and 17 4-star signees, including quarterback Shane Morris and cornerback Jourdan Lewis.
Green transferred to TCU after the 2015 season, and Morris transferred to Central Michigan after the 2016 season.
Michigan has had only four top-10 recruiting classes since 2008. Prior to 2015, Michigan’s lowest-ranked class was in 2011, which was coach Brady Hoke’s first recruiting class.