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June 12, 2012
Michigan in the state rankings
2013 state rankings are now available for 40 of the 50 states in the country, and Michigan's recruiting class is well-represented in a few of them.
The Wolverines have landed prospects from seven states, including the top player in two of them. Only in the pipeline states of Michigan and Ohio (where the coaches are more familiar with the talent, and where most of the commitments from from) does Michigan have a player who is not rated in the top ten in his state.
In Michigan, the Wolverines have landed five of the top ten players in the state. Notre Dame and Iowa have each reeled in one (offensive lineman Steve Elmer and safety Delano Hill, respectively), while Michigan State has two, and No. 6 Riley Norman remains uncommitted. The four-star offensive lineman favors the Spartans at this time.
In Ohio, Michigan has landed three top ten players. Ohio State has landed four, while Nebraska and Notre Dame have each picked up one commitment from the cream of the crop. Wide receiver Shelton Gibson is the top uncommitted player, coming an at No. 8.
Illinois is the only other state from which Michigan has pulled multiple ranked commitments, but again both are top-ten players in-state. Offensive linemen Kyle Bosch (No. 4, Wheaton St. Francis) and Logan Tuley-Tillman (No. 7, Peoria Manual) represent Michigan among the top 30 players in the Land of Lincoln. Ottawa Marquette long-snapper Scott Sypniewski is not ranked within the state.
The remainder of the states have just one Michigan commitment. Parker Ponderosa offensive lineman Chris Fox is the top player in Colorado, and Westwood Xaverian Bros. defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is No. 2 in Massachusetts. Offensive lineman Patrick Kugler and defensive lineman Henry Poggi are No. 4 in Pennsylvania and Maryland, respectively.
Going forward, Michigan has a chance to reel in even more top players from a couple of the states they've already hit hard. Olney Good Counsel cornerback Kendall Fuller is the top player in Maryland - and the No. 3 player in the country. Crete-Monee wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is the No. 3 player in Illinois, and Michigan is near the top of his list. Upper Marlboro Douglass wide receiver Paul Harris is No. 7 in the state of Virginia. The rest of Michigan's prime recruits for now, however, will be the first from their respective states to pledge to the Wolverines should they pick Michigan.
The most notable state - both for Michigan closing out the 2013 class and in terms of talent in general year after year - is California. Placer defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes comes in at No. 2 in the state, Upland defensive end Joe Mathis is No. 9, Santa Monica wide receiver Sebastian Larue is No. 19, and Petaluma Casa Grande defensive lineman is No. 35 in the Golden State. The Wolverines are also in on a few more prospects, but none as hard as that group.
In Florida, Michigan appears to be in the picture for just a couple players - but they're talented ones. Defensive back Leon McQuay III is the No. 6 player, and teammate Alvin Bailey, a wide receiver, is No. 20.
The Wolverines are also pursuing prospects in Arizona (Phoenix Brophy Prep wide receiver Devon Allen, No. 4), Virginia (the state's top player, Richmond Hermitage running back Derrick Green), and Tennessee (No. 2 Jordan Wilkins, a running back from Cordova St. Benedict), among others.
Regardless of how Michigan's class finishes, it's clear that the Wolverines will be well represented in the rankings of several states by the time all is said and done.