There are just more than two weeks left until National Signing Day.
Michigan played it safe this round of recruiting. Many might recall just how dramatic the crazy, final month of January was last year for the 2016’s recruiting class. This year, it’s nearly the complete opposite.
While Michigan is still seeking some late big commitments, the volume is far from that of last year.
Here’s a look at the difference:
2016 January/February commitments
Because signing day fell on Feb. 3 last year, we included the February commitments here. Michigan’s class in 2016 started at 18 in January – three prospects de-committed during that month – and left Feb. 3 with 28 commitments.
Number of commitments: 13 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 3 – a 5-star prospect, four 4-star recruits and eight 3-star players.
Commitments from Jan. 24 to Feb. 3: 10 players committed to Michigan in the final days. It was highlighted by the nation’s No. 1 commit, Rashan Gary, on ESPN on National Signing Day.
Geographically diverse: Seven states provided Michigan with one of its prospects to commit to the program in the final month, including three each from California, Florida and New Jersey.
2017 January commitments, as of Jan. 15
As of Jan. 15, Michigan already has 27 commitments – one less than what 2016’s class had in its entirety. And only one of those 27 has come in January.
With room for about four more prospects, Michigan expects to add that many, while losing at least one commitment.
So the maximum amount of commitments expected for this final month is nine fewer than what 2016 produced. While that doesn’t sound like “fun,” it’s definitely less dramatic, allowing the Michigan staff to focus on big prospects, like 5-star DT Aubrey Solomon, without having to worry about seven others ranked nearly as high as him.
So, while last year was a success, it was also a scene that is smarter to avoid than go through every year.
There will definitely be some drama this signing day. Michigan fans should be happy that it will be much less than in 2016.