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February 7, 2012

Re-Ranking Michigan's recruiting classes

Michigan's 2012 recruiting haul ranked sixth nationally, but hindsight will be a better judge. Here is a look at U-M's classes from 2002-09 (too early to rate 2010, '11) with more in-depth analysis to come in a eight-part series ...

1. 2004
Jamar Adams, Adrian Arrington, Alan Branch, Mike Hart, Chad Henne, Tim Jamison, Morgan Trent.
Jeremy Ciulla, Chris Graham, Charles Stewart, Will Johnson, Alex Mitchell, Mike Massey, John Thompson.
Brett Gallimore, Max Martin, Marques Walton.
Comment: Hart and Henne rewrote the record books at tailback and quarterback, respectively.
2. 2003
Prescott Burgess, Shawn Crable, Leon Hall, Jake Long, Garrett Rivas, LaMarr Woodley.
Antony Campbell, Brandent Englemon, Adam Kraus, Jerome Jackson.
Ryan Mundy, Jim Presley, Clayton Richard.
Comment: The class featured three All-Americans and five All-Big Ten first-team performers.
3. 2009

Thomas Gordon, Taylor Lewan, Denard Robinson, Craig Roh, Vincent Smith, Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Tate Forcier, Brendan Gibbons, Cam Gordon, Brandin Hawthorne, Michael Schofield.
Will Campbell, Vlad Emilien, Anthony LaLota, Justin Turner.
Comment: Denard and Co. spearheaded an 11-2 record in 2011 and will be back for more in 2012.
4. 2008
Kenny Demens, J.T. Floyd, Kevin Koger, Mike Martin, Martavious Odoms, Patrick Omameh, Roy Roundtree.
J.B. Fitzgerald, Brandon Moore, Michael Shaw, Darryl Stonum.
Boubacar Cissoko, Justin Feagin, Taylor Hill, Dann O'Neill, Brandon Smith, Marcus Witherspoon.
Comment: Demens, Floyd, Omameh and Roundtree have one final opportunity to add to the Class of 2008's legacy.
5. 2006
Steve Brown, Perry Dorrestein, Brandon Graham, Brandon Minor, Jonas Mouton, Steve Schilling.
Greg Banks, Carlos Brown, Obi Ezeh, Greg Matthews.
Justin Boren, Jason Kates, Bryan Wright, Quintin Patilla.
Comment: Though the class underachieved overall, it was extremely top heavy, lifting it out of the bottom three slots.
6. 2002
Jason Avant, Steve Breaston, David Harris, Gabe Watson.
Willis Barringer, Rondell Biggs, Mark Bihl, Rueben Riley, Brian Thompson, Darnell Hood.
Tom Berishaj, Matt Gutierrez, Mike Kolodziej, Pierre Rembert.
Comment: The class' 10 fifth-year seniors would play a critical role in Michigan's successful 2006 campaign.
7. 2007
Junior Hemingway, Mark Huyge, David Molk, Ryan Van Bergen.
James Rogers, Renaldo Sagesse, Steve Watson, Donovan Warren, Troy Woolfolk.
Artis Chambers, Toney Clemons, Avery Horn, Ryan Mallett, Austin Panter, Michael Williams.
Comment: Those that stuck around for their fifth year helped carry U-M to the Sugar Bowl but the number of busts stands tall.
8. 2005
Brandon Harrison, Mario Manningham, Zoltan Mesko, Terrance Taylor.
Carson Butler, Kevin Grady, Tim McAvoy, LaTerryal Savoy, David Moosman, Mark Ortmann. Eugene Germany, James McKinney, Chris Richards, Justin Schifano, Jonny Sears, Marques Slocum.
Comment: More than half (12) would not finish their Michigan careers, though injuries played a part in a few.

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