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January 28, 2014
Stat Tracker: U-M and small recruiting classes
With national signing day right around the corner, Michigan is on the verge of signing one of its smallest classes in the last 20 years.
The Wolverines have just 16 players currently either enrolled in school or verbally committed to sign national letters of intent on signing day.
The class is currently ranked No. 27 nationally, despite its small size.
In the Rivals era, just 34 teams' classes have been able to crack the top 20 of the Rivals.com Team Rankings with fewer than 20 members. Just five of them have 16 (the number currently in the Michigan class) or fewer members:
In the last 20 years, Michigan has had just five classes with under 20 members. Here's a breakdown of those classes and how the careers of their members turned out:
Greg Banks, DL (2006-10): Banks started eight games in his career, finishing with 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Justin Boren, OL (2006-07): He became the fourth Wolverine to ever start as a true freshman on the offensive line, but transferred before the 2008 season because of new coach Rich Rodriguez. He went to Ohio State.
Carlos Brown, RB (2006-09): Brown was often hampered by injuries, but he started 11 games and had some spurts of great production. He finished with 201 carries for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns in his career.
Steve Brown, S/LB (2006-09): Brown started 26 games at safety and linebacker during his career. He finished with 186 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles and four interceptions in his career.
David Cone, QB (2006-09): Cone completed 4-of-6 passes for 75 yards, and he decided not to return to school for this fifth year of eligibility.
Perry Dorrestein, OL (2006-10): Dorrestein racked up 22 starts along the offensive line in his career.
Obi Ezeh, LB (2006-10): Ezeh was a four-year starter who racked up 37 starts in his career. He finished with 292 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
John Ferrara, OL (2006-10): Ferrara finished his career with six starts along the offensive line.
Brandon Graham, DE (2006-09): Graham, one of the best Michigan pass rushers in recent history, earned 29 starts and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten MVP in 2009. He finished with 138 tackles, 55.5 tackles for loss and 29.5 sacks.
Jason Kates, DT (2006-08): After two seasons with the Wolverines, Kates left the team during 2008.
Greg Mathews, WR (2006-09): Mathews started 25 games, finishing with 110 catches for 1,195 yards and six touchdowns in his career.
Brandon Minor, RB (2006-09): Minor started six games in his career and, like, Brown, had injury problems in his career. Still, he finished with 331 carries for 1,764 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Cobrani Mixon, LB (2006): Mixon left the team during his freshman season and transferred to Kent State.
Jonas Mouton, LB (2006-10): In 34 career starts, Mouton racked up 264 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.
Quintin Patilla, LB/FB (2006-07): Patilla decided to transfer to Grand Valley State after two years in Ann Arbor.
Adam Patterson, DE (2006-10): Patterson was a career backup who finished with 24 tackles, two tackles for loss and two sacks.
Stephen Schilling, OL (2006-10): Schilling was a four-year starter who finished with 49 career starts at guard.
Quintin Woods, LB (2006): Woods did not make it to his freshman season, instead deciding to transfer to Bakersfield Community College.
Bryan Wright, PK (2006-09): Wright never kicked for the Wolverines in four years in Ann Arbor. He chose to play his fifth and final year of eligibility at Bowling Green.
Prescott Burgess, LB (2003-06): Burgess was a four-year player who started 20 games with the Wolverines, racking up 171 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Anton Campbell, DB (2003-07): Campbell never cracked the starting lineup in five seasons with the Wolverines. He finished with 33 tackles.
Shawn Crable, LB (2003-07): Crable started 20 games for the Wolverines, racking up 147 tackles, 43.5 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
Brandent Englemon, DB (2003-07): Englemon ended his time in Ann Arbor with 27 career starts. He finished with 170 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, 10 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and three interceptions.
Leon Hall, CB (2003-06): Hall was one of the most accomplished cornerbacks in recent Michigan history. He started 35 games, earning first-team All-American and first-tea All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He finished with 12 interceptions, 180 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks and 31 pass breakups.
Jerome Jackson, RB (2003-06): Jackson started two games at the beginning of the 2004 season before losing the job to Mike Hart. He finished his four-year career with 143 rushes for 718 yards and eight touchdowns.
Adam Kraus, OL (2003-07): Kraus was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree who started 35 games for the Wolverines.
Jake Long, OL (2003-07): Long was one in a long line for great Michigan tackles. He started 38 games, earning first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten honors in both 2006 and 2007.
Quinton McCoy, DB (2003-04): McCoy left the team after the 2004 season.
Ryan Mundy, S (2003-06): After four seasons in Ann Arbor, Mundy opted to play his fifth and final year of eligibility at West Virginia in 2007.
Will Paul, DL/FB (2003-06): After four years with the Wolverines, Paul opted not to return for his fifth year of eligibility.
Jim Presley, LB (2003-04): Presley left the two after two seasons. He did not record any statistics.
Clayton Richard, QB (2003-04): Richard completed 8-of-15 passes for 52 yards before deciding to pursue a professional baseball career.
Garrett Rivas, PK (2003-06): Rivas hit 64-of-82 field goals with a long of 48 yards.
Pat Sharrow, OL (2003-05): He left the program after three seasons.
LaMarr Woodley, LB/DE (2003-06): Woodley was a fierce pass rusher who started 33 career games for the Wolverines, earning first-team All-American and All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He finished his career with 177 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.
Jeff Zuttah, OL (2003): Zuttah never played at Michigan, after he was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia.
Dave Armstrong, DE/FB (1998-01): Stayed all four years but never saw the field much, earning just one varsity letter.
Evan Coleman, FB/LB (1998-01): Coleman stayed all four years and became a consistent special teams contributor all four years. He finished with six total starts on offense and defense, finishing with seven rushing yards on three carries; nine receiving yards on two catches; and eight tackles, including three tackles for loss.
Walter Cross, RB (1998-01): Cross was seemingly a breakout star after gaining 104 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries against Syracuse in the season-opener of his rookie season. Cross stayed his entire season, but never again reached that level of production, finishing with 126 carries for 489 yards and four touchdowns.
Julius Curry, SS (1998-02): Curry started 20 games for the Wolverines, racking up 100 tackles, six tackles for loss, two tackles, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions.
Deitan Dubuc, TE (1998-02): Dubuc never made his way into the starting lineup, but he was a four-year contributor on special teams.
Joe Denay, OL (1998-02): Denay spent his five seasons in Ann Arbor as a backup offensive linemen, starting two games - one at left guard and one at right guard - in 2001, due to injuries.
Hayden Epstein, PK/P (1998-01): Epstein was a three-year starter at kicker and a four-year starter at punter. He hit 26-of-42 field goals with a long of 57 yards and averaged 39.9 yards on 167 career punts.
Justin Fargas, RB (1998-00): Fargas transferred after the 2000 season, finishing with 95 carries for 362 yards and one touchdown. His best game came as a freshmen, when he racked up 126 yards on 31 carries vs. Northwestern.
Larry Foote, LB (1998-01): Foote started 28 games in his four-year career, racking up 212 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, three interceptions and 18 deflected passes. Foote was a first-team All-American selection in 2001 and a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2000 and 2001.
Drew Henson, QB (1998-00): Henson started eight games for the Wolverines before he left early to pursue a professional baseball career. He finished 214-of-374 for 2,946 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Victor Hobson, LB (1998-02): Hobson started 34 games for the Wolverines, earning All-Big Ten honors in 2000 (honorable mention), 2001 (second-team) and 2002 (first-team). He finished with 277 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, two interceptions, four pass breakups and four forced fumbles in his career.
Todd Howard, CB (1998-01): Howard was a three-year starter, finishing with 34 career starts. He finished with 151 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sacks, eight interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Bennie Joppru, TE (1998-02): Joppru started 24 games for the Wolverines and had his best season as a senior, earning third-team All-American honors while catching 53 passes for 579 yards and five touchdowns in 2002. He finished his career with 85 catches for 800 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cato June, DB (1998-02): June started 26 games and was in Ann Arbor for five years. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior, despite being hobbled by injury. He finished his career with 138 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six sacks, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and four forced fumbles.
Shawn Lazarus, DL (1998-02): Lazarus finished out his career with the Wolverines, racking up 29 starts. He finished with 63 tackles for 12 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Dave Petruziello, DL/OL (1998-02): After three seasons and three starts at defensive tackle, Petruziello switched to offensive line, where he started 23 games at right guard over the next two seasons.
Dan Rumishek, DL (1998-02): Rumishek started 31 games along the defensive line for the Wolverines, earning All-Big Ten honors in 2001. He finished with 68 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
David Terrell, WR (1998-00): Terrell started 21 games, earned All-American honors in 1999 and first-team All-American honors in 2000, after which he decided to declare one year early for the NFL Draft. He finished with two 1,000-yard seasons and 152 catches for 2,317 yards and 23 scores.
Marquise Walker, WR (1998-01): Walker finished with 19 career starts and earned first-team All-American honors as a senior in 2001. He finished with 176 catches for 2,269 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Adam Adkins, OL (1997-99): 2
Kurt Anderson, DL/OL (1997-01): It took four years for Anderson to crack the starting lineup, but he started all 12 games as a fifth-year senior at center. He earned the Rader Award as Michigan's best lineman and was voted first-team All-Big Ten.
Eric Brackins, LB (1997-01): Brackins started 18 games during his career and was voted team captain as a fifth-year senior. He finished with 150 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles in his career.
Jason Brooks, OL (1997-98): Brooks left the team after two seasons, transferring to West Virginia.
Jake Frysinger, DE (1997-01): Frysinger was a career rotation player, starting two games in his five-year career. He finished with 56 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
Ray Jackson, FB (1997-98): After two seasons, in which he started one game at fullback, he left to transfer to Cincinnati.
Anthony Jordan, LB (1997-01): Jordan finished his career with 17 starts at linebacker, racking up 68 tackles and two tackles for loss.
Ben Mast, OL (1997-01): Mast started 14 games at guard during his career.
Patrick McCall, RB (1997-98): After two seasons, he transferred to Oregon State.
Todd Mossa, OL (1997-99): Mossa's career was cut short by injury.
DeWayne Patmon, DB (1997-00): Patmon was thrust into starting duty as a sophomore, starting 10 games at strong safety. He finished with 29 career starts. He racked up 11 interceptions, 186 tackles, three tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups.
William Peterson, DB (1997-98): After two seasons, in which he started two games at safety, he was dismissed from the team. He transferred to Western Illinois.
Eric Rosel, LB/TE (1997-01): Rosel was mostly a backup in his career, with three career starts. He finished with two catches for 20 yards and nine tackles.
Bill Seymour, TE (1997-01): Seymour was a steady, consistent presence at tight end, racking up 23 career starts. He finished with 36 catches for 387 yards and two touchdowns.
Demetrius Smith, RB (1997-98): After two seasons, in which he started two games at fullback, Smith transferred to Southwester Missouri State.
Anthony Thomas, RB (1997-00): Thomas started 26 games, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior, the year he was voted team captain. He set school records for rushing yards (4,472) and rushing touchdowns (56), record which were later eclipsed by Mike Hart and Denard Robinson.
Shawn Thompson, TE (1997-01): Thompson started 13 games at tight end for the Wolverines and voted team captain in 2001. He finished with 20 catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
James Whitley, DB (1997-00): Whitley started 33 games in his career and was voted team captain in 2000. He finished with 145 tackles and six interceptions. He also returned 21 punts for 172 yards.
Maurice Williams, OL (1997-00): Williams started 14 games along the offensive line during his career.
John Anes, FB (1996-97): He spent two years with the Wolverines before transferring to Grand Valley State.
Jeff Backus, OL (1996-00): Backus was a four-year starter, earning a spot on the offensive line at tackle as a redshirt freshman in 1997. He finished with 49 career starts and earned two first-team All-Big Ten honors (1999, 2000)>
Dave Brandt, OL (1996-00): Brandt was a do-everything offensive lineman who racked up 36 career starts at right guard, left guard and center.
Grady Brooks, LB (1996-99): He spent four years with the Wolverines and expired his eligibility at Southwest Missouri State in 2000.
LeAundre Brown, DB (1996-98): Brown decided to transfer after the 1998 season after recording two career tackles.
Chad Carpenter, TE (1996-98): He spent three seasons at Michigan before transferring to Eastern Kentucky.
Jerry Dioron, WR (1996): He was with the Wolverines for just one season and did not record any stats.
Jason Foster, FB (1996): He suffered a career-ending injury during his rookie season.
Ian Gold, LB (1996-99): In 21 career starts, Gold racked up 203 tackles, 21 tackles for loss six sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two interceptons.
Tommy Hendricks, DB (1996-99): Hendricks was a four-year starter who racked up 37 starts and earned first team All-Big Ten honors as a senior. He finished with 222 tackles, three interceptions, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, 12 pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Steven Hutchinson, OL (1996-00): Hutchinson racked up 46 career starts at guard, earning All-Big Ten honors all four years and first-team All-American honors as a fifth-year senior.
Dhani Jones, LB (1996-99): Jones racked up 31 starts in four years, finishing with 247 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception.
Jason Kapsner, QB (1996-99): He completed 5-of-10 passes for 58 yards in four seasons before opting not to return for his fifth-year senior season.
Marcus Knight, WR (1996-99): Knight started 13 games and racked up more than 600 yards in each of his final two seasons. He finished with 88 catches for 1,508 yards and eight touchdowns.
Cory Sargent, P (1996-00): Sargent averaged 39.4 yards per punt.
Russell Shaw, WR (1996-97): In two seasons, Shaw caught 58 passes for 668 yards and eight touchdowns.
Paul Tannous, OL (1996-97): Tannous was on the team for two seasons, but he left football because of a career-ending injury.
Eric Wilson, DL (1996-00): Wilson was a four-year contributor who started 14 games for the Wolverines at defensive tackle. He finished his career with 78 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Aaron Wright, WR (1996-97): After catching one pass for 17 yards in two season with the Wolverines, he transferred.