- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
It has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front for Michigan in recent weeks, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Wolverines, who started out as the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in the country, fell to No. 3 behind USC and Florida. The recent slew of decommitments from the Gators has pushed Michigan back up to the No. 2 spot for 2013.
Florida lost five four-stars in total, including offensive linemen Rod Johnson (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) and Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King), wide receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood), defensive back Tre' Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) and linebacker Dillan Lawson (Crestview, Fla./Crestview).
That is a lot to lose in one class, but luckily for the Gators the remaining commitments are all very highly ranked.
Michigan is still holding strong with 23 commitments, and to Brady Hoke's credit, it hasn't lost a commitment in this class. It has been discussed before that Hoke and his staff have strict policies in place with regards to their commitments, and those seem to be paying off once again.
The staff said at a signing day news conference that part of its routine is to ask a prospect if he is sure he wants to commit to Michigan at the time of his commitment. The coaches make sure the prospects understand that the coaching staff is committed to them as much as the recruit is committed to Michigan. That's part of why Hoke does not allow commitments to take visits if they are verbally committed to the Wolverines.
Considering Michigan has 11 commitments within the ESPN 150 and 15 that fall in the ESPN 300, that's quite an accomplishment to keep such talented players on board with those policies and with Michigan. There is still a long way to go until February, but it looks as though Michigan will continue to hold down the fort and remain near the top of the class rankings.