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August 7, 2014
By The Numbers: 2015 class is among U-M's best
With the addition of four-star tailback Mike Weber on Wednesday, Michigan's 2015 recruiting class may just have the right to lay claim to the best, man for man, that U-M has landed during the Rivals.com era (2002-present).
At the moment, the standard for recruiting success is the 2003 class, which put six of its 17 signees in the Rivals100. That class still holds the U-M record with an average star ranking of 3.82 thanks in part to five-stars LaMarr Woodley and Prescott Burgess, and 11 more four-star prospects.
Michigan's current crop may ultimately lack size (finishing in the 12-15 range), which explains why the Maize and Blue rank only 24th in the Rivals.com Team Rankings, but in average star ranking, U-M would rank third nationally this year.
If the Wolverines' two-star kicker Andrew David was taken out of the equation (along with all other kickers nationally), Michigan would sit second in the team rankings at 3.89.
That mark would also exceed the 2003 average of 3.82.
Now, this class' size actually does work in its favor. Generally, the bigger a class, the more three-stars will fill it out because coaches will want to add depth and because they can take chances on recruits that may not be stars today but have potential to develop into key players.
With this class, because it is so small, the coaches have focused almost exclusively on the highest end talent. In fact, the only three-star is a legacy, offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr.
If Michigan can keep this pace up in the 2015 class, adding at least two more four-stars and, potentially, as many as five, it could give the 2003 cohort a serious run as the best class (on paper) the Maize and Blue have ever signed.