Despite the SEC‘s dominance among college football recruiting for the class of 2014 (five of the top 10 recruiting classes on ESPN.com come from SEC schools), Michigan is currently ranked as no. 1 of all the Class of 2014 College Football recruiting rankings.
Michigan’s football team has been disappointing in recent years. Following a trip to the Sugar Bowl in 2011 that many said was mainly reputation-based, they started the 2012 season with an overrated no. 8 ranking (including 1 AP first place vote) and were blown out in their first game against defending champion Alabama. They would then later fall to Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State and capped off their season with a loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
While none of those losses can be viewed with much embarrassment after seeing how each of those teams did in the entirety of the season. Five losses just simply doesn’t cut it when you’re a part of the storied Michigan football program, especially when you start off with high expectations.
Michigan appears to be moving in the right direction; after having the no. 7 class of 2012 and no. 8 class of 2013, they are starting to reload. That said, this 2014 class is already no. 1 and will likely remain there since they already have a ridiculous nine players from the ESPN 150 rankings.
This includes Jabrill Peppers (above, right), who is the second-rated prospect and top cornerback in the nation, as well as Ian Bunting, one of the top tight ends in the nation. They are also one of the finalists to land Da’Shawn Hand, the top defensive end in the nation, and he could really add to this class’ strength as the no.1 recruiting class in the country.
All of this and some good coaching could lead to many BCS bowl appearances, as well as a very coveted spot in the new College football Playoff for years down the road.