Michigan Signs 8-10 Top-100-Caliber Kids

*UPDATED* No sitting on pins and needles for Michigan fans on Signing Day regarding any particular one LOI. At least all the dust settled beforehand, although you can bet there were a couple days of nervousness for the West Coast's Top CB! So, U-M and fans can sit back and enjoy this day. Here is the 2007 Michigan 20-man recruiting class, focusing on player rankings and meeting position needs.

Over-viewing:

Two Top 20 players in one class -- when is the last time THAT has happened for U-M?

Ryan Mallett and Donovan Warren.

And Three Top 50:

Adding Ryan VanBergen, "the forgotten one" ... State of Michigan kids are so underexposed due to rules forbidding them from playing in post-season national All Star games.

Four Top 60:

Adding Michael Williams.

And Five Top 70:

Adding in Toney Clemons.

In addition, Martell Webb is extremely highly ranked by some, as a Top 50 guy (USA Today 2nd Team for example ... again, the underexposure of State of Michigan kids). Austin Panter, already enrolled, was named JC Defensive Player of the Year. Vince Helmuth has been called the top FB prospect in the country by some. And J.R. Hemingway and Dave Molk got pushed off the ranking by others that have squeezed in, but Molk in particular was considered perhaps the best offensive performer on the East team in the East-West All Star Game in Orlando.

In all, U-M can claim three-or-four Top 50 caliber and eight-to-ten Top 100-caliber recruits, a class that is ranked #10 in the nation by Scout.com.

Losing Jerimy Finch and Ronald Johnson, and dropping Marquis Maze, made this a strange recruiting year ... but U-M got Warren to sooth the Rojo hurt, and as far as Finch ... sometimes the off-field worries, as his recent strange moves have indicated, just make it not worth it.



Filling Position Needs

As spelled out below, U-M has especially solidified the quarterback, wideout, tight end, and defensive back spots.

Quarterback: Nothing needs to be said here.

Running back: U-M landed Avery Horn, will be looking to 2008 for more.

Fullback: in Helmuth (already enrolled at U-M) U-M got a potentially great one.

Receiver: Clemons and Hemingway are two top kids; Zon Babb can play wideout as well, and Martell Webb wants to start at WR not TE. This position has been shored up.

Tight end: Martell Webb and Steve Watson are two top kids, filling this position nicely.

Offensive tackle: With Mark Huyge the only signee, U-M will be looking to '08 to help bolster this spot.

Offensive guard: with one signee, David Molk, U-M will look to bloster this spot in '08 as well.

Defensive tackle: U-M signs one, Canadian Renaldo Sagesse, and will look for help in '08.

Defensive end: VanBergen can play DE or DT but will likely start at DE. U-M will look for more DE's in '08.

Linebacker: U-M got Panter (already enrolled at U-M) for immediate help on the inside. And Marell Evans and Brandon Herron are both sleeper-types at OLB. Looking to '08, U-M will keep looking for top LB's.

Cornerback: U-M signs two, Warren and Troy Woolfolk, and has a junior commit in Boubacar Cissoko, the Army Junior Combine MVP. Zion Babb and James Rogers will also be tried here. This spot has been shorn up.

Safety. Michael Williams is a top S/CB hyprid. And Artis Chambers is already enrolled at U-M. And Babb and Rogers could end up at safety as well. As far as '08, with Finch abandoning U-M, a top Strong Safety is still a need.

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