Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Michigan Wolverine recruiting class.
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It might not be fashionable to say anything nice about Michigan or Jim Harbaugh after the way last season ended, but give credit where credit is due to what appears to be the Big Ten’s best recruiting class.
No, it’s not at the elite of the elite level of some of the top SEC schools, and yes, it helped that Ohio State is in a transitional period, and no, it’s not as good a haul as Harbaugh’s 2016 and 2017 classes. Take this for what it is – a terrific recruiting season coming off a mediocre one.
It’s a massive class of 26 players, with the biggest boost at defensive back with five new good ones coming in. Combine it with the five that were signed last year, and the secondary is more than stocked for the next few years.
Landing Tulsa native Daxton Hill away from Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson was a huge deal. He’s the next great Wolverine safety. Washington DC Quinten Johnson isn’t far behind talent-wise.
The defensive tackles are strong, too. After night signing any last year, Harbaugh got a few fantastic ones. Mazi Smith was part of the puzzle early on, but landing 6-5, 285-pound Christopher Hinton was the key to the class. The Georgia native was wanted by the Bulldogs, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, and LSU, but he’s a Wolverine.
Harbaugh keeps adding quarterbacks to throw on the pile. Cade McNamara isn’t the big bomber the program typically signs on, but Alabama and Georgia wanted the 6-1, 200-pounder from Reno, and Notre Dame had him before Harbaugh pulled off the flip.
Considering Karan Higdon is off to the NFL, and Chris Evans is off the team, Michigan needs running backs. There wasn’t a star signed last year, but Zach Charbonnet out of California was a fantastic get. He escaped the clutches of USC and UCLA, and he would’ve been perfect at Wisconsin. Now he’ll be a part of the rotation.
What’s missing? Linebackers. There are a few okay ones, but after landing only one – Cameron McGrone was a great signing – last year, the two brought in aren’t quite strong enough. The 2020 class needs a superstar or two at the position.
The Michigan class was able to spread it around a bit, and it all worked. It’s a big class, it’s a talented class, and it’s a class that showed that the end of the season didn’t matter … to a point. The great recruiting season all but finished up after the Ohio State loss, but not before the Florida meltdown. All that matters is the scoreboard, and in recruiting, Michigan won this big.