Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/5/13
Brady Hoke Brady Hoke has been on a recruiting roll since he took over as the head coach at Michigan. Each year, the recruiting classes are more impressive and the caliber of players keeps rising. Hoke has assembled a great coaching staff that is chock full of tremendous recruiters. However, it’s Hoke who sets the tone. He is the genuine article and his love for his players and the passion he exudes for Michigan Football is both obvious and authentic. In just over two months, Hoke has secured commitments from three game-changing players. It started on May 26th when the #2 ranked player in the 2014 class, Jabrill Peppers, committed to Michigan. Peppers was recently featured in a Sports Illustrated article “Holy s—, that’s him?” An assistant coach from the University of Southern California stands awestruck as Jabrill Peppers…walks down the track at Paramus Catholic High in New Jersey on a warm spring morning. Greg Russo, Paramus Catholic’s offensive coordinator and head track coach, doesn’t understand what all the excitement is about. The USC coach looks at Russo, then at Peppers, then back at Russo. “I’ve only seen two players in high school with a body like that,” the USC coach says, “and both of them are named Peterson [Adrian and Patrick].” At 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, Peppers, who has committed to Michigan, is the top cornerback in his class and already has an NFL build. The 17-year-old is a chiseled specimen and a menace on both sides of the ball as a running back, quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. Last week, Hoke picked up a commitment from the #3 ranked player in the 2015 class, wide receiver George Campbell. The 6-foot-4, 185 pound Campbell ran a 4.37 40 yard dash at Nike’s The Opening this summer. Two days later, running back Damien Harris, the 20th ranked player in the 2015 class, also pledged to play his college football for the Wolverines. Michigan’s 2014 recruiting class, which is currently ranked #6 by ESPN, will likely add more of the nation’s top rated players before the dust settles on signing day. Here are a few highlights regarding Michigan’s 2014 commits Jabrill Peppers: mentioned previously, he is the #2 ranked player in the country and an elite athlete. Drake Harris is the top ranked player in the state of Michigan, he is ranked as the #6 wide receiver prospect in the country by rivals. Bryan Mone is the top ranked player in the state of Utah and the #5 ranked defensive tackle according to ESPN. Lawrence Marshall is the ranked #4 in the state of Michigan and the #12 defensive end in the country by ESPN. Wilton Speight is ranked #4 in the state of Virginia and the #5 pocket passer in the nation by ESPN. Michael Ferns is the #2 ranked player in the state of Ohio and the #7 inside linebacker according to ESPN. Juwan Bushell-Beatty is the #4 ranked player in the state of New Jersey and the #9 ranked offensive tackle by ESPN. Here are notes on a few uncommitted prospects that Michigan is in good standing with Da’Shawn Hand is ranked as the #1 player in the country by rivals and the defensive end is considered by most analyst to be a Michigan lean. He will make an official visit to Michigan during the weekend of the Notre Dame game. Malik McDowell is the #2 ranked player in the state of Michigan and the #4 defensive tackle in the country according to ESPN. Michigan is considered a strong favorite to land McDowell. Dwight Williams is the #4 ranked outside linebacker and #88 player nationally according to rivals. He is scheduled to visit Michigan for the weekend of the Notre Dame game. John “Juju” Smith is one of the premier athletes in the country and is ranked #41 overal by ESPN. The Long Beach, California prospect is scheduled to visit Michigan for the Notre Dame game. Parrker Westphal is ranked #92 overall by ESPN and has strong interest in Michigan. They might be longshots to attend Michigan, but U-M is still in the mix with the nation’s top ranked running back, Leonard Fournette and the #2 ranked cornerback Adoree Jackson. Related articles Michigan Football what could, should and will happen in 2013 John Beilein has revitalized Michigan Basketball If you would like to receive an email notification each time a Michigan Football and/or Basketball story is posted you can fill out the Email Notification Form. You can follow me on twitter @isportsRob
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