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Michigan lost to Iowa on Saturday night, 14-13, in a heartbreaking end to the Wolverines’ undefeated, season. Michigan’s plans, to win the Big Ten and a national championship, are still in its control. If the Wolverines win out, they’re in the College Football Playoff. Pretty simple.
Most Michigan commits in the 2017 class haven’t experienced a Michigan loss … ever. Just two commits – Ja’Raymond Hall and Kurt Taylor – were committed during the Ohio State loss last season.
So how did the pledges react to the upset?
Plantation (Fla.) 4-star OT Kai-Leon Herbert
Don't worry Wolverine nation, we gonna bounce back !
— Kai-Leon Herbert (@KHerb17) November 13, 2016
Logansville (Ga.) Grayson 3-star RB Kurt Taylor
In an ode to the legendary Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler, Kurt Taylor told the fans to “stay the course.”
— Kurt Taylor (@KurtTaylorRb2) November 12, 2016
St. Joseph (Mich.) 4-star DE Corey Malone-Hatcher
Malone-Hatcher has served as this class’ spokesman. He knows it all comes down to the next two games to determine Michigan’s playoff fate.
— Corey Malone-Hatcher (@CMH2017) November 13, 2016
Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway Local School 3-star OT Joel Honigford
Honigford turned to faith in his response to the loss.
In times like this, instead of asking God, "Why me? Why now?" Ask him "How can I glorify you through this?" God is an amazing man. Use him.
— Joel Honigford (@jhonig44) November 13, 2016
Florence (Ala.) 3-star S J’Marick Woods
college football at its finest lol, but it's still #GoBlue
— J'Marick Woods (@JL_Woods1) November 13, 2016
The silver lining
You find out just how dedicated a recruit is to the school he’s committed to when it loses, and whether he offers positiveness to the fan base. That happened in bunches on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Staying undefeated through conference play was going to be tough for Michigan. But the Wolverines are in a lot of recruiting battles with Alabama, and not being unbeaten could hurt them, especially if they don’t meet the Crimson Tide in the playoff.
Positive words from these Michigan commits demonstrates that they’re not just telling fans things are going to be fine; they’re also sending that message to uncommitted prospects that Michigan covets, along with some others it’s trying to flip.
The dream season is still alive, and a College Football Playoff berth is still within reach. And the best way to recruit is to win.
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