On the field success is normally what draws top prospects’ eyes to college programs, but Michigan coach Brady Hoke has proved with just his third recruiting class at Michigan that it’s not always necessary.
Under Hoke, the Wolverines have returned to relevance on the national scene, but through the first year and a half of his time with Michigan, he didn’t have the same resume as other top programs. Still, he has recruited as well as any of them.
Michigan has the No. 5 recruiting class in the country right now, headlined by 16 four-stars and southpaw quarterback Shane Morris.
In 2012, there was more improvement as the Wolverines picked up 11 four-stars and finished the recruiting cycle ranked No. 7 in the nation, with many of those players committing before Michigan beat Ohio State or played in a BCS bowl game.
With Hoke, Mattison and Borges showing what success they can have on the recruiting trail without major wins on the field, this team could be one to watch when these three start producing teams that win Big Ten titles and push its way into national title contention.