Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Preseason State Recruiting Rankings

Our last post looked at how Michigan's Ohio recruits stacked up positionally against the other players in their home state. Since just released their preseason state rankings, we can now see how the rest of our players "fit in" compared to other home state talent. Are we getting

#3 Ranked play in Michigan, Jourdan Lewis v Michigan's Devin Funchess
1. Shane Morris, #1QB
3. Jourdan Lewis, #1DB
4. David Dawson, #1G, #2OL
5. Wyatt Shallman, #1ATH
6. Jon Reschke, #1LB (MSU)
8. Csont'e York, #1WR
10. Gerald Holmes, #1RB (MSU)
23. Khalid Hill, #2TE

In the home state, Michigan was able to secure a commitment from every offered prospect outside of ND's Steve Elmer, the #2 overall player. 5 out of 6 ofMichigan's instate commits are unsurprisingly ranked #1 at their positions, and Khalid Hill is the #2 TE behind Howell High School's Pete Cender, who is a more traditional TE. Michigan State has not had too much success instate this year, with only 2 commits, but they are the supposed favorite for 4-Star OT, Riley Norman.

4. Kyle Bosch, #2OT
7. Logan Tuley-Tillman, #3OT
NR. Scott Sypniewski, LS
I didn't list other school's commits in Illinois because there's not a really strong presence in the state that Michigan is typically competiting against... Other top players in the state are committed to a wide range of schools including USC, LSU, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and then the lowly Illini and Wildcats. Michigan was able to secure two All-American tackles from the state, however, that rank only behind potential 5-Star LSU commit, Ethan Pocic. Michigan also accepted the commitment of Long Snapper, Scott Sypniewski, who I would assume is the #1LS in the state of Illinois...At least i'd hope so...

4. Henry Poggi, #1DT

Maryland has some pretty impressive talent in this recruiting cycle... With two 5 Star player in Kendall Fuller (Undecided) and Kenny Bigelow (USC), and the number 40 overall player in the nation, Dorian O'Daniel (Clem), Henry Poggi checks in at #4. Poggi is currently recognized as the #1DT in the state, but at 315+lbs, Bigelow will probably be reclassified from DE to DT at some point in the future, bumping Poggi to the #2 spot. In either instance, Poggi is a great talent from the Atlantic region, which typically sees competition from all over the ACC and SEC.

1. Chris Fox, #1OT

Fox is far and away the most highly regarded prospect in Colorado, and he is also considered the #4 overall OT to Michigan's main rival in Fox's recruitment seemed to be Ohio State at first, but that did not really last long seeing that Fox committed to the Wolverines on February 18th of his Junior year. The only other 4-Star in the state, TE Mitchell Parsons, is committed to the instate Buffs.

2. Maurice Hurst JR., #1DT

Hurst is the top DL prospect in Mass, and is only ranked behind ND commit John Montelus...The 7th ranked player in the state is a two-star, so that may be saying a lot about the talent in the state? Luckily for Hurst, he plays in the most competitive league in the area, having gone up against OSU Class of 2012 commits, Armani Reeves and Camren Williams numerous times.

4. Patrick Kugler, #1OT

Kugler is the number 4 overall prospect in Penn behind some very, very well regarded prospects in potential 5-star TE and PSU commit, Adam Breneman, WR Robert Foster, and ex-Buckeye commit, Alex Anzalone. These 4 players are all in the top 75 of the Rivals 100. Penn State does not seem to have a real stranglehold on the state, and I expect a lot of the top talent to commit to other schools.

Overall.... With a highly ranked recruiting class, you are sure to have highly ranked recruits...It really does not get more obvious than that.. However, when you are able to consistently exhibit a recruiting presence in numerous states and secure commitments from Top 5, Top 3, or Number One players in spite of powerful instate programs...there is something to be said.


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