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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.

Best Michigan Recruiting Classes (2002-2015)
By Avg. Star Ranking
By Pct. Of Rivals250
Pct. of 4- or 5-Stars
Year
Commits
Avg.
Year
Commits
Pct.
Year
Commits
Pct.
2003
17
3.82
2015
10
70.0
2015
10
80.0
2015
10
3.70 (3.89)*
2009
22
59.0
2003
17
76.5
2008
24
3.67
2006^
19
57.9
2008
24
70.8
2006
19
3.63 (3.72)*
2008 24
50.0
2009
22
63.6
2013
17
3.63
2013 27
48.1
2013
27
63.0
2004
22
3.59
2012
25
36.0
2004
22
59.1
2009
22
3.59 (3.67)*
2007
20
25.0
2006
19
57.9
2012
25
3.56
2011
20
25.0
2002
22
54.5
2002
22
3.55
2014 16 25.0 2012
25
48.0
2005
23
3.48
2010
27
11.1
2005
23
47.8
2014
16
3.44



2014
20
43.8
2007
20
3.40



2007
20
35.0
2011
20
3.25



2011
20
30.0
2010
27
3.19



2010
27
22.2
*Eliminating a two-star kicker
^The Rivals250 began in 2006





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