Michigan Football Recruiting: Grading 2014 Class -- Part I -- Offense

GBMWolverine Michigan Football Recruiting 2Posted at 9:00am — 2/9/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Grading 2014 Class — Part I — Offense

Recruiting, like the draft, is something you can only judge on paper. You look at your team’s needs and see if they did a good/reasonable job filling those needs. You can talk all you want on how your team reached for this kid or how amazing that kid is going to be, but it is such a crap shoot it is ridiculous.

The NFL, which only needs to evaluate 300 or so kids a year, and dedicates thousands of hours to the task, gets it wrong about 50% of the time in the first round.

Scouting is a very inexact science.

So, anyway, I just want to talk about our recruits, how they fit into our system etc. The “rankings” are just for fun/discussion.

Anyway, as far as our needs went:

Wilton Speight7QB: B
Michigan needed a solid QB prospect in this class and got a pretty safe one in Speight. Big kid, intelligent, good athlete and has the right intangibles. Doesn’t have the strongest arm and has issues with lower body mechanics/fundamentals. A bit of a project, but could definitely start here one day, although he has a lot of work ahead of him and will get some competition behind him.


Count me as someone extremely excited about this WR class. Harris, Ways and Canteen blow the Jones, York and Dukes class away. Our biggest need on offense and we added two potential starters. Future goes from murky to exciting at the position with this class.

Ian BuntingTE: B
Love Bunting but not a kid who is going to contribute at the “Y” position until he adds a lot of weight. Tons of upside though. Can’t teach what he has.

Love Cole, but he still looks like a guard to me. Bushell-Beatty has great size, but is a long term project. I can see why the coaches only took two this class, but we really needed an Alex Bars type in this class. Not a huge miss considering how OL recruiting has gone, but still.

Part II we will grade the defensive unit.

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