More thoughts on a dominant day for Michigan football recruiting

There haven't been many days better than Monday for Michigan football recruiting and here are some more thoughts.
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Landing two recruits ranked in the 120 overall of the 2025 class was pretty spectacular for Michigan football, especially considering that the Wolverines signed just three players who ranked that high in the past two recruiting classes combined.

Michigan football recruited well under Jim Harbaugh, especially in the early years but despite winning a bunch of games, the Wolverines didn't win any championships.

However, since 2018, Michigan football has only had two classes ranked inside the top 10. They have had two others that ranked 10th exactly according to the 247 Sports composite rankings but also had classes in 2018 and 2023 that were outside the top 15.

Sherrone Moore said he wanted to be aggressive on the recruiting trail when he took over as head coach. He hired a staff that can recruit and so far, three new assistants have landed a top-120 recruit this cycle. Hell, Michigan football just beat out Alabama, Florida, and Penn State for a legacy recruit of the Nittany Lions. That's impressive stuff by tight ends coach Steve Casula.

Lamar Morgan has two top-100 commitments and flipped Ivan Taylor from Notre Dame. He also landed Kainoa Winston, as well as the work he did in the portal this spring, not to mention Lou Esposito who got the commitment of top-100 D-lineman Nate Marshall.

Sherrone Moore is still an elite reruiter as a head coach

People sometimes forget that Moore has always been an elite recruiter. He's hired more staff and seems more engaged in recruiting than Harbaugh. Heck, he's even active on social media.

The Wolverines didn't panic when things started a little slow. They built their staff, they executed their plan and in Sherrone's first year on the job, Michigan looks poised for a top-10 class. It ranks 11th right now but is 8th in average rating per commitment. Michigan is also behind just five teams right now in 2025 in terms of blue-chip prospects (13).

That's a blue-chip ratio of 86 percent in this class. Combined with the 2024 signees, Michigan has a blue-chip ratio of 73 percent in the past two classes so far. When you consider that five-star Andrew Babalola is still out there and Michigan football is gaining there, or even top-50 wideout Andrew Marsh who is viewed as a Michigan lean, that ranking could easily improve.

Michigan has five players committed in the top 160 overall, which includes QB Carter Smith, but that number could expand to seven by the end of the summer. It's been impressive work and for all the hand-wringing some of us did, turns out Sherrone Moore knew what he was doing all along.


And Michigan football recruiting feels like it's about to take off in a way that should scare the rest of the college football world.