Michigan added six commitments in nine days over the past two weeks.
With that many commitments rolling in, it’s hard to keep up with who’s who in this 26-man class for 2017. More additions will come, as the Wolverines staff is certainly not done.
But, for now, here is a breakdown of each Michigan commit with who he is, what position he plays, where he is from, and how Michigan got him to commit.
Here we go.
Who: McCaffrey is a 4-star prospect – according to the 247Sports composite – and a U.S. Army All-American. He is the brother of Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey.
What: McCaffrey is the sole quarterback commit in this Michigan class. He’s the No. 4 overall pro-style quarterback in the class and No. 51 overall.
Where: McCaffrey is from Littleton, Colo. He attends Valor Christian High School and is the top prospect in Colorado.
How: Michigan landed McCaffrey in February 2016. McCaffrey was a priority for Michigan nearly a year out from his decision. I’ve heard that in 2015 he was No. 2 on Michigan’s big board behind now-freshman Rashan Gary. McCaffrey was enamored with the tradition of Michigan’s program and, most of all, coach Jim Harbaugh.
Who: Samuels is a 4-star prospect and had the No. 1 overall SPARQ score (an athleticism test) nationally from The Opening Regionals last spring.
What: Samuels is one of two running back commits in Michigan’s class. He’s the No. 21 overall running back and No. 276 overall nationally.
Where: He is from Los Lunas, N.M., attending the city’s public high school. He is the No. 1 prospect in New Mexico.
How: Samuels was somewhat of an unknown before an excellent showing at Nike’s The Opening in April. Once he blew up, he visited Michigan, then committed after.
Who: Taylor is a 3-star prospect and is one of two players in the running back rotation for Georgia’s Grayson High School, the nation’s No. 4 overall prep football team.
What: Taylor is the No. 60 overall running back in the country and No. 891 overall.
Where: He is from Newton, Ga., but moved to Grayson to play for the nation’s No. 4 team for his senior season.
How: Taylor visited more than a year ago in October 2015. He committed then and hasn’t budged on it since.
Who: Peoples-Jones is the only 5-star commitment in this class. He is one of the most well-known prospects, not only in Michigan, but nationally. He is an early enrollee.
What: Peoples-Jones is the nation’s No. 1 receiver prospect and the No. 11 overall prospect.
Where: Peoples-Jones is from Detroit and attends Cass Tech. He won a state championship with the undefeated Technicians, who finished as the No. 14 prep football team in the land. He is the best player in the state of Michigan.
How: It was an up-and-down battle for Peoples-Jones’ commitment. For two years, the Wolverines were all in on landing him. For a while, Florida was the leader, then Michigan went into the final week considered a strong favorite. In the days leading up to his announcement, he was rumored to be going to Florida State or Ohio State. It was all smoke, and the home-state hero stayed in Michigan.
Who: Black is a 4-star prospect and a U.S. Army All-American. He was a high school teammate of C.J. Holmes, a Notre Dame commit. He is an early enrollee.
What: Black is the nation’s No. 17 wide receiver and the No. 124 overall prospect.
Where: Black, from Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Conn., hit the scene in the latter part of his junior season. He is the best player in the state of Connecticut.
How: Michigan got in the picture for Black in early spring. Last summer, the Wolverines began to step to the top. Alabama made a lot noise but then backed off a bit. From then on, it was all Michigan.
Who: Hawkins was a 2016 commit for Michigan but he didn’t qualify for this season. He attended a prep school and is set to enroll in 2017.
What: Hawkins is a 4-star prospect who is seen as the nation’s No. 60 overall receiver. He is the No. 399 overall prospect.
Where: Hawkins attended Suffield Academy in Connecticut this year, but attended high school at Camden High in Camden, N.J. Michigan has a current player, Ron Johnson, from the same school, and a commitment from Cesar Ruiz, who originally attended Camden.
How: Things got cloudy with Hawkins for a while. But on Oct. 6, he reaffirmed that he was set to enroll at Michigan.
Who: Ruiz is a 4-star prospect and is teammates with more than 10 Division I prospects in his class alone. He’ll see a lot of 4-star offensive lineman Robert Hainsey, one of his best friends, as he is committed to Notre Dame and the rivalry renews in 2018. He is an early enrollee.
What: A rarity, Ruiz is a true center out of high school. He is seen as the nation’s No. 1 overall center and the nation’s No. 58 overall prospect.
Where: Ruiz originally attended Camden. He then transferred to football powerhouse IMG Academy.
How: Michigan’s strong ties to New Jersey and its numerous players from the state did a lot in the recruitment of Ruiz.
Who: Herbert is a 4-star prospect who won a 5A state title with his high school team in Florida this season. He is a teammate of Michigan target Tedarrell Slaton and a former teammate of current Michigan tight end Nick Eubanks.
What: He is an offensive tackle, ranked at No. 28 at his position and No. 253 in the country.
Where: Herbert is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and plays for the nation’s 10th-ranked high school team, American Heritage.
How: He visited Michigan over the summer and it blew him away. A lot of analysts tabbed him as a lock to choose Florida. Two weeks later, he picked Michigan. But things are still cloudy, as he will visit Florida for the second time this season in January. It might get interesting, but I still think he sticks.
Who: Another one of Michigan’s seven in-state commitments, Hall is a 4-star prospect. He is an early enrollee.
What: Hall plays tackle and showed significant improvement in his senior tape, along with growing an inch. Hall is No. 33 at his position and No. 338 in the country.
Where: Hall is from Oak Park, Mich., just a few miles from Detroit. He was tight with Michigan’s Detroit targets throughout their recruitments.
How: Hall was the second commitment of the class, announcing his pledge in December 2015. It was an easy choice for Hall, as he grew up a huge fan of the Wolverines.
Who: A 3-star prospect, Stueber was an unknown before he visited Michigan for the Big Man Camp in the summer. He received the offer after his strong performance.
What: Stueber is the No. 46 tackle in the country and No. 418 overall. He was my pick as Michigan’s most underrated prospect with a chance to make some real noise in his first two years on campus.
Where: Stueber is from Darien, Conn. He is the No. 4 prospect in the state.
How: Stueber’s offer came during his visit at the Big Man Camp. He didn’t hesitate to commit and has been a rock-solid commit since.
Who: A child of two Ohio State graduates, one a student-athlete, Honigford is a 3-star prospect from the heart of Ohio.
What: Honigford is ranked as the No. 47 overall offensive tackle nationally and No. 442 overall.
Where: Honigford is from Sugarcreek, Ohio, and attends Garaway Local School. He dominates most of his competition and even ran in a touchdown this year.
How: Honigford’s commitment seemingly came out of nowhere. He was seen as a Michigan State favorite, then an Oregon lean. Following his visit in Eugene, he committed to Michigan in July. Honigford visited six of Michigan’s eight home games this season and is rock-solid on his commitment.
Who: Vilain is one of the more interesting prospects in the country and is rated as a 4-star defensive end. He is an early enrollee.
What: He broke into the top 100 this season as the nation’s No. 8 weakside defensive end and the No. 93 overall prospect in the country.
Where: Originally from Canada, Vilain moved to a boarding school in Alexandria, Va., where he took his football career to a whole new level. He is the No. 3 prospect in his state.
How: Vilain visited Michigan in late spring and things were all but wrapped up at that point. He committed later in the summer and hasn’t budged a bit since.
Who: The latest, and likely the last, in-state recruit to commit to Michigan, Irving-Bey is a 4-star prospect who had zero stars just a year ago. He works two jobs, along with his school work and workouts, and is a true example of hard work paying off.
What: Irving-Bey took off this spring with a strong camp circuit, following an impressive junior campaign. He rose to become the No. 5 player in Michigan, the No. 9 strongside defensive end nationally and the No. 270 overall prospect.
Where: From Flint, Mich., Irving-Bey feels strongly about his city, which has been plagued by contaminated drinking water. He said he wants to come back to Flint, but hopes football frees him and his family from the struggles of the city.
How: Irving-Bey was tabbed as a Michigan State heavy favorite for months. But defensive line coach Greg Mattison loved his potential, and the Wolverines’ hard recruitment of him turned it around for Michigan.
Who: A former Notre Dame commit, Jeter is a 4-star prospect who committed to Michigan in October.
What: A defensive end, Jeter is ranked No. 10 at his position and the No. 281 prospect in the country.
Where: From Beaver Falls, Pa., Jeter is the No. 8 prospect in the state.
How: Jeter decommitted from Notre Dame, then visited Michigan that same weekend and committed the following day.
Who: Michigan’s most famous recruit among its fan base on social media, Malone-Hatcher is known for how much – and how well – he recruits other prospects to Michigan. He is rated as a 4-star prospect and chose Michigan over Alabama. He is an early enrollee.
What: A west side of Michigan prospect, Malone-Hatcher dominated his competition. He is the No. 18 overall weakside defensive end and No. 285 nationally.
Where: Malone-Hatcher is from St. Joseph, Mich. He’s closer to Chicago than he is to Detroit. He’s ranked No. 6 in the state.
How: Malone-Hatcher was born in Alabama and wasn’t seen as anything but an Alabama favorite following his offer. But he was sold on Michigan and what coach Jim Harbaugh had to offer when he committed in the summer.
Who: A border city kid, Hudson isn’t from Michigan, but he’s just a short drive from Ann Arbor. He is a 4-star prospect.
What: A defensive end who dominated against tough Ohio competition, Hudson is ranked No. 13 at his position in the country and No. 329 overall.
Where: From Toledo, Ohio, Hudson is just 45 minutes from his soon-to-be home in Michigan.
How: Hudson had an offer from Alabama but he elected to stay closer to home so his family could watch him play. Ohio State never offered, so Hudson narrowed his choice to Michigan and Michigan State. A strong late push from the Wolverines led him to choose Michigan.
Who: Another in-state prospect, Paea is a 3-star prospect and two-way player.
What: Playing on both lines, Paea was recruited by Michigan as a defensive tackle. He is ranked No. 47 at defensive tackle and No. 446 in the country.
Where: Paea, like Malone-Hatcher, is from the west side of Michigan. He is the state’s No. 13 prospect.
How: Oregon made some noise but it was always Michigan for Paea. Harbaugh wrestled him on his visit this spring and pinned the competition to land his commitment.
Who: Paye was a Boston College commit who turned to a Michigan commit. He won a fan vote to become an Under Armour All-American as a 3-star prospect.
What: He plays both sides but was recruited as a defensive end/linebacker hybrid at Michigan. He is the No. 32 player at his position and No. 532 in the country.
Where: Paye is from Rhode Island, the first ever from his high school to attend Michigan.
How: After Michigan offered him in September, Paye was feeling Michigan. He visited for the Wisconsin game, checked out Boston College one last time, then chose Michigan.
Who: A close friend of Michigan’s Rashan Gary, Singleton was a longtime Michigan target as a 4-star prospect.
What: Singleton is an outside linebacker, ranked No. 3 in the country and No. 66 overall. Singleton missed his senior season because of an ACL injury.
Where: Singleton is from Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. It’s the same school as Michigan players Jabrill Peppers, Rashan Gary and Juwann Bushell-Beatty.
How: Clemson got in there for a minute, but it was always Michigan for Singleton.
Who: Anthony is a 4-star prospect. His father grew up a fan of Michigan, which led him to choosing the Wolverines last week.
What: He played a lot of running back in his high school career but his mainstay is the linebacker position. Able to play both inside and outside, Anthony is the No. 6 overall linebacker nationally and No. 107 overall prospect.
Where: Originally from Maryland, Anthony moved to IMG Academy in Florida for his final year of high school. He played with Ruiz, a future teammate at Michigan. He is the No. 21 overall prospect in the talent-loaded state of Florida.
How: Anthony was always a Michigan favorite. His father was enamored with the school the minute it offered, and his visits in April and October sealed the deal.
Who: Brother of former Michigan linebacker James Ross, Josh is another 4-star in-state prospect.
What: Ross can play both inside and outside linebacker but will play inside at the next level. He is the No. 9 overall inside linebacker and No. 253 overall nationally.
Where: Ross is from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School, where he won three state championships. He is Michigan’s No. 3 prospect.
How: Ross was never going to go anywhere else. He’s a legacy who never even looked at other schools.
Who: A 3-star prospect, Mason accounted for multiple touchdowns on defense and nearly 20 on offense this season. He is an early enrollee.
What: An inside linebacker who is one heck of a fullback, Mason is now listed as an athlete. At inside linebacker, though, he is No. 25 at his position and No. 795 in the country.
Where: From Sandy Hook, Conn., Mason is the state’s No. 6 prospect.
How: Mason was a lock to pick Michigan as soon as he visited. He announced in the early spring.
Who: An Army All-American, Thomas is one of the nation’s best prospects. He hit the scene hard in the summer during his strong performance at Nike’s The Opening Nationals. He is an early enrollee.
What: A star on both sides of the ball, Thomas’ primary position is cornerback. He is the No. 11 overall cornerback in the country and the No. 101 prospect in the country.
Where: Thomas is from Detroit, along with fellow commits Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Donovan Peoples-Jones. Thomas is the No. 2 prospect in the state.
How: He made it a priority to play with his cousin, Kelly-Powell, who committed in November. He also has a great relationship with the staff at Michigan, and his mother did, too.
Who: St-Juste was the first commitment of the 2017 class in June 2015. He committed as a 2-star prospect and is now rated a high 4-star among the nation’s top 100 prospects by 247Sports’ solo rankings.
What: An enormous 6-foot-4 cornerback, St-Juste is the No. 36 cornerback nationally and No. 326 overall by the composite ratings.
Where: St-Juste played his entire high school career in Montreal and his primary language is French. He is the best player in his province.
How: Michigan was his only offer, and he immediately committed.
Who: Kelly-Powell is a 4-star prospect who has been Michigan’s primary safety target for more than a year. He is an early enrollee and an Under Armour All-American.
What: A safety who also plays a lot of offense, he was recruited by Michigan to play the viper position that Jabrill Peppers plays. He’s the No. 21-ranked safety and No. 256 overall prospect.
Where: From Detroit, Kelly-Powell went to the same high school as Peoples-Jones and is a cousin of Thomas. He is the state’s No. 4 overall prospect.
How: It was always Michigan for Kelly-Powell. His father is a huge fan, and it was well-known that he would eventually choose Michigan, even when Alabama offered late.
Who: A 3-star prospect, Woods is from the heart of SEC country but stuck with Michigan. He is an early enrollee.
What: Woods is the nation’s No. 29 ranked safety and the No. 367 overall prospect.
Where: From Florence, Ala., Woods is heading north to Michigan.
How: He committed in early spring, and Woods almost flipped his commitment to Arkansas. But the Wolverines’ push kept him in the fold.