Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Michigan sleepers
By Tom VanHaaren
As signing day approaches, fans are wondering which commitments and prospects will end up being playmakers in Ann Arbor. Every year there are those recruits that out perform their rankings and projections.
WolverineNation takes a look at Michigan's top sleeper prospects over the years.
Braylon Edwards went from a lightly recruited player in the Class of 2001 to an All-American and a first-round NFL draft pick.
1. Braylon Edwards: Edwards is obviously a household name, and he earned his way to wearing the No. 1 jersey while at Michigan. The school's career leader in receiving yards and touchdowns, Edwards tops this list for his accomplishments on the field as a Wolverine.
According to his father, Stan, Edwards held offers from only Akron, Eastern Michigan, Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Michigan out of high school. He went on to be the No. 3 overall draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in the 2005 NFL draft.
2. Mike Hart, Class of 2004: Michigan's all-time leading rusher is probably the name that comes up the most in these arguments. Hart was an unheralded back out of high school with offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Syracuse, Miami (Fla), Virginia and West Virginia.
The knock against Hart was that he was too small and not fast enough. He proved that didn't matter at Michigan, as he always seemed to get the job done.
3. David Harris, Class of 2002: Harris had offers from Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Purdue, Western Michigan and Michigan State when coming out of high school in 2002. Not a single offer from an out-of-state program besides the Boilermakers, but he ended his career with 196 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss and was drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft by the New York Jets.
4. Brian Griese, 1993 walk-on: Griese was a walk-on for Michigan, but ended up helping Michigan win its most recent National Championship as starting quarterback. Griese is now in the top 10 for most categories in Michigan quarterback history, and eventually wound up in the NFL.
5. Jordan Kovacs, 2009 walk-on: Kovacs had no scholarship offers out of college -- only had a walk-on opportunity to Toledo. The head coach at Division III Hillsdale College said Kovacs was slow and average in most categories. That average player is now a three-year starter at safety and No. 15 on Michigan's total tackles list all time, behind iconic names such as Jarrett Irons, Sam Sword and Steve Morrison. Kovacs deserves to be on this list and then some.