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Slight drop in recruiting rankings for U-M

1/12/2012

The latest team recruiting rankings from ESPNU have arrived, and the Wolverines find themselves moving down one spot to No. 7 overall. The drop in rankings isn't the product of Michigan doing anything wrong in the past few weeks, but rather what other programs have recently accomplished.

Georgia leapfrogged both Michigan and Clemson into the No. 5 spot after landing four-star Jordan Jenkins.

The Bulldogs now have one prospect ranked as a five-star, seven ranked as four-stars, and six three-stars on board. Compare that to Michigan's 10 four-stars and 12 three-star commitments, the rankings really aren't that far off.

Outside of the five-star prospect, running back Keith Marshall, the numbers are similar in total. Georgia does have five commitments in the ESPNU 150 compared to Michigan's three, but the Wolverines still have the potential to add to their final numbers.

Offensive linemen Josh Garnett (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup) and Jordan Diamond (Chicago/Simeon) are both four-star prospects ranked in the ESPNU 150, and both still are considering Michigan. Defensive back Armani Reeves (West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial) is also a four-star recruit, but he is not ranked in the ESPNU 150.

Michigan has the chance to add a few of these highly ranked prospects, which in turn could boost their final rankings among the nation's best recruiting classes. The final individual player rankings will be released soon and could affect the team rankings as well.