Can Michigan Football Become More Competitive in the Recruiting?

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It’s been an extremely rough couple of months for Michigan football recruiting…

After starting out on fire and even holding the #1 recruiting ranking for some time, Michigan football’s recruiting fire has been completely extinguished. The Wolverines currently sit sixth in the rankings despite having, on average, 5.6 more commits than the teams in front of it.

Michigan football lost EDGE Elias Rudolph to Miami, and it now appears that two more defensive linemen are going to be leaving in four stars Jerod Smith and Jacob Smith. The twins recently moved to Kentucky, and it appears that the Wildcats will be stealing the commits from Michigan football, with multiple crystal balls coming in favor of the Wildcats.

On top of that, the Wolverines have lost numerous battles against other schools, with NIL appearing to be the main factor. Prospects like Aaron Chiles, Michael Uini, Bennett Warren, Justin Scott, Boo Carter, Deyvid Palepale, and others all opted to commit elsewhere after appearing to be favored and/or silently committed to Michigan football.

The Wolverines have just one top 100 commit according to 247 Sports, and in all honesty, this class looks like it’ll be lucky to finish in the top 10. What started out as Harbaugh’s best class has turned into something reminiscent of last season’s recruiting woes.

So what can Michigan do? Well, there are only a few things that can happen here.