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January 7, 2013

Michigan has proven successful courting five-stars

Michigan has already landed one five-star recruit in the 2013 class (QB Shane Morris) and is considered the favorite for running back Derrick Green. Over the past decade, U-M has had its share of success when courting the best of the best.

Beginning in 2002, the Rivals100 featured 320 five-star recruits through the 2012 class (since the 2013 class rankings are not yet complete, they have not been included), with the Maize and Blue garnering significant interest from 35 (10.9 percent).

Of those 35, 24 named Michigan a finalist and 12 would go on to sign with the Wolverines, giving U-M a 50.0 percent success rate when it qualifies in a final two, three, five, etc.

The Maize and Blue had their greatest successes in 2002 (1 for 1 among finalists) 2003 (2 for 2), 2009 (1 for 1) and 2012 (2 for 2).

Michigan was in on eight five-star recruits in the 2006 class, and would ultimately rank as a finalist for four prospects: safety Myron Rolle, linebacker Brandon Graham, safety Taylor Mays and offensive lineman Steve Schilling. U-M would land Graham and Schilling.

The 2009 and 2010 recruiting classes were particularly meek years for the Maize and Blue; Michigan was actively involved in just one five-star - defensive tackle commitment Will Campbell.

This year, in the Class of 2013, the Wolverines drew interest from cornerback Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech), wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (not committed), safety Leon McQuay (Southern Cal), tailback Ty Isaac (Southern Cal), Green and Morris, and U-M was a finalist for McQuay and Isaac.

Though it has been difficult for fans to swallow missing out on Isaac and Treadwell, especially, as Midwest products, and to lose the other battles too - and it would be a kick in the gut to lose Green at this point - there is a silver lining in that Michigan had a shot, at one time or another, at six five-star talents, second only to that 2006 window.

Here is a look at the 35 five-star recruits that gave the Wolverines a serious look.

Year
Pos.
Prospect
Finalist
School
2002
DT
Gabe Watson
Yes
Michigan
2002
RB
Maurice Clarett
No
Ohio State
2003
RB
Reggie Bush
No
Southern Cal
2003
S
Prescott Burgess
Yes
Michigan
2003
TE
Greg Olsen
No
Miami
2003
LB
LaMarr Woodley
Yes
Michigan
2004
DB
Ted Ginn
Yes
Ohio State
2004
DE
Jeff Schweiger
No
Southern Cal
2004
QB
Chad Henne
Yes
Michigan
2004
WR
Cam Colvin
Yes
Oregon
2004
LB
Dan Connor
No
Penn State
2005
DB
Justin King
Yes
Penn State
2005
RB
Kevin Grady
Yes
Michigan
2005
DB
Victor Harris
Yes
Virginia Tech
2006
RB
Chris Wells
No
Ohio State
2006
RB
C.J. Spiller
No
Clemson
2006
OL
Sam Young
No
Notre Dame
2006
S
Myron Rolle
Yes
Florida State
2006
LB
Brandon Graham
Yes
Michigan
2006
S
Taylor Mays
Yes
Southern Cal
2006
QB
Tim Tebow
No
Florida
2006
OL
Steve Schilling
Yes
Michigan
2007
QB
Ryan Mallett
Yes
Michigan
2007
DE
Everson Griffin
Yes
Southern Cal
2007
WR
Ronald Johnson
Yes
Southern Cal
2007
DB
Donovan Warren
Yes
Michigan
2008
QB
Terrelle Pryor
Yes
Ohio State
2008
DL
Omar Hunter
No
Florida
2008
WR
Jonathan Baldwin
No
Pittsburgh
2009
DT
Will Campbell
Yes
Michigan
2011
WR
Sammy Watkins
Yes
Clemson
2011
RB
Demetrius Hart
Yes
Alabama
2011
LB
Kris Frost
Yes
Auburn
2012
DT
Ondre Pipkins
Yes
Michigan
2012
OL
Kyle Kalis
Yes
Michigan



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