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February 4, 2013The Maize and Blue will sign 27 players for only the second time in the past 20 years, but this year's class has a distinctly different feel than the one in 2010 - a Midwestern flavor, with 21 commitments hailing from the 12 states surrounding Michigan.
In Brady Hoke's two full recruiting classes, Michigan has signed 17 of 52 players from Michigan (32.7 percent) and 42 of 52 from the Midwest (80.8 percent). U-M hasn't been that active in its own borders since 1994-95, when 45.2 percent of its 42 signees were from the Great Lakes State, but even with that output of Michiganders, the Midwest assumed only 69.0 percent.
As Jim Stefani pointed out last week in a post recaptured on The Fort, Michigan will fail to sign a recruit from California, Texas or Florida for the first time since 1989.
U-M did snag one recruit from Pennsylvania - four-star offensive lineman Patrick Kugler - so it wasn't shut out completely in the most fertile recruiting territories, but this marks the second year in a row the Wolverines have landed just one total prospect from those four states.
The Maize and Blue have had experienced different periods of success in each state over the past two decades, peaking in California in 2005 (four) and 2007 (four), in Texas in 1996 (five), in Florida in 2009 (eight), and in Pennsylvania in 2001 (four).
Michigan hasn't signed a Californian just four times in the past 20 years, including 2013, while going blank in Texas (10 times), Florida (nine times) and Pennsylvania (eight times) more frequently.
The rise of Midwest recruiting has coincided with a rise in Ohio recruiting; from 1994-2009, U-M averaged 2.6 Ohioans over that 16-year stretch, but has signed 36 alone the past four classes (9.0 per class).