Michigan Football Recruiting: Looking Ahead to the 2015 Class
Brady Hoke's Michigan Wolverines are approaching mid-February 2014, so you know what that means for recruiting—it's time to gaze ahead to 2015.
Sure, the past couple of classes have yet to make a true impact. And truthfully, Hoke should focus on integrating the 16 newcomers to the existing fold.
But recruiting is its own animal; the end of one national signing day period is the beginning of the next.
So thanks for everything 2014, but due to the 24/7 news cycle and insatiable appetite for who's next, the spotlight now moves to the 2015 prospects.
Recruit information comes via 247Sports unless otherwise noted
Where to Start
At one point, Hoke appeared to be well on his way to dominating the trails with his 2015 class.
With 5-star running back Damien Harris and 5-star wideout George Campbell, the Wolverines coach had a concentrated stockpile that partially overshadowed his solid 2014 collection, which was ranked No. 20 nationally by 247Sports.
However, after a dismal 7-6 season, Hoke watched both bluechips change their minds, no longer wishing to stay committed to the Wolverines. The losses were incredibly untimely—right in the thick of recruiting season—but Hoke survived.
Michigan football will survive, too.
Sure, the losses sting, but Harris and Campbell aren't completely out of the picture. And should they choose to play elsewhere, Hoke has plenty of time to reload. He'll be busy during the offseason finding the next in line.
Considering the level of young talent in Ann Arbor, that shouldn't be too difficult.
One look at Michigan's presumed lineup of underclassmen should be enough to attract the big fish. Hoke's not afraid to play qualified youngsters, so envisioning a youthful offense with Shane Morris throwing to sophomore and junior receivers, and even the occasional frosh, isn't out of the question.
Why wouldn't a receiver such as Campbell want to play with Morris, or even Wilton Speight?
Why wouldn't a back such as Harris want to run behind a line that will feature Mason Cole, Ben Braden, Logan Tuley-Tillman and other up-and-coming frontmen?
The pieces are in Hoke's hands, he just has to make them fit into the big picture.
OK, here comes the bad news: Michigan could lose Harris to Kentucky—but Harris is from Kentucky, so it's not so bad.
Campbell may not come back, either.
But don't start worrying until in-state 5-stars give Hoke the snub.
5-star RB Damien Harris in UK gear. The interest with him seems to be getting real. pic.twitter.com/HtwG8fviAc— Nathan Ulmer (@UKsportstalk1) February 8, 2014
Campbell could very well end up in the Big Ten...just not at Michigan.
For What it's Worth
Shaun Crawford, 4-Star CB/WR
Shaun Crawford is an Ohioan, but don't let the Buckeyes' recent offers scare you...right now.
Michigan '15 pledge Shaun Crawford on Ohio State offer: 'They were a little too late' http://t.co/v7V7GZ4rn6— Wolverines News (@WolverinesMLive) February 7, 2014
A well-known fact is Michigan gets a ton of talent from Ohio.
Crawford, a 4-star corner/wideout out of Lakewood St. Edward, would just add to that list.
Of course, getting him away from Urban Meyer would be a mini-win for Hoke, who, in terms of rankings, can't seem to equal the Buckeyes' level of talent on a yearly basis.
Score one for Ann Arbor. For now, Crawford doesn't want anything to do with Ohio State.
Tyree Kinnel, 4-Star DB
Offers are coming in for Tyree Kinnel, a 4-star safety out of Wayne High in Dayton (yes, another Ohioan).
In January, he was approached with one from Michigan State. The Rose Bowl champions boast one of the nation's top secondaries, and carrying on the legacy of the "No-Fly Zone" could be quite attractive.
Michigan State offered 2015 Michigan commit Tyree Kinnel (Wayne, Ohio).— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 22, 2014
Mark Dantonio's program is red-hot. But Kinnel's 247 profile says that he's "cool" on MSU.
As of now, he's in the bag.
Jon Runyan Jr., 3-Star OL
Speaking of legacies, Jon Runyan Jr. will have one to extend should he choose to sign with Michigan.
His father was a program great.
So yeah, no pressure.
At 250 pounds, Junior could stand to gain a few pounds if he wants to be a force on a Big Ten offensive line. At 6'4", he has the frame to be effective. Long arms equal lots of blocking range.
And with a year of high school left, he has time to work on technique.
Andrew David, 2-Star K
It looks like Michigan will get the No. 1 player in the nation...make the the No. 1 kicker in the nation.
Don't let the 2-star ranking fool you. Andrew David of Massillon Washington High (Ohio) has plenty of leg to knock down the long shots. Plus, he's a Chris Sailer product.
Sailer has worked with countless kickers and punters, including Kenny Allen, a backup with a shot at playing time this fall.
Sounds like 2015 K commit Andrew David has a cannon for a leg. Kicker worries are no longer a nightmare!— The Big House Report (@TBHReport) August 23, 2013
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