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January 7, 2013
Michigan has proven successful courting five-stars
Michigan has already landed one five-star recruit in the 2013 class (QB Shane Morris) and is considered the favorite for running back Derrick Green. Over the past decade, U-M has had its share of success when courting the best of the best.
Beginning in 2002, the Rivals100 featured 320 five-star recruits through the 2012 class (since the 2013 class rankings are not yet complete, they have not been included), with the Maize and Blue garnering significant interest from 35 (10.9 percent).
Of those 35, 24 named Michigan a finalist and 12 would go on to sign with the Wolverines, giving U-M a 50.0 percent success rate when it qualifies in a final two, three, five, etc.
The Maize and Blue had their greatest successes in 2002 (1 for 1 among finalists) 2003 (2 for 2), 2009 (1 for 1) and 2012 (2 for 2).
Michigan was in on eight five-star recruits in the 2006 class, and would ultimately rank as a finalist for four prospects: safety Myron Rolle, linebacker Brandon Graham, safety Taylor Mays and offensive lineman Steve Schilling. U-M would land Graham and Schilling.
The 2009 and 2010 recruiting classes were particularly meek years for the Maize and Blue; Michigan was actively involved in just one five-star - defensive tackle commitment Will Campbell.
This year, in the Class of 2013, the Wolverines drew interest from cornerback Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech), wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (not committed), safety Leon McQuay (Southern Cal), tailback Ty Isaac (Southern Cal), Green and Morris, and U-M was a finalist for McQuay and Isaac.
Though it has been difficult for fans to swallow missing out on Isaac and Treadwell, especially, as Midwest products, and to lose the other battles too - and it would be a kick in the gut to lose Green at this point - there is a silver lining in that Michigan had a shot, at one time or another, at six five-star talents, second only to that 2006 window.
Here is a look at the 35 five-star recruits that gave the Wolverines a serious look.