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February 4, 2013

By The Numbers: Hoke's recruiting focus is the Midwest

The Maize and Blue will sign 27 players for only the second time in the past 20 years, but this year's class has a distinctly different feel than the one in 2010 - a Midwestern flavor, with 21 commitments hailing from the 12 states surrounding Michigan.

In Brady Hoke's two full recruiting classes, Michigan has signed 17 of 52 players from Michigan (32.7 percent) and 42 of 52 from the Midwest (80.8 percent). U-M hasn't been that active in its own borders since 1994-95, when 45.2 percent of its 42 signees were from the Great Lakes State, but even with that output of Michiganders, the Midwest assumed only 69.0 percent.

As Jim Stefani pointed out last week in a post recaptured on The Fort, Michigan will fail to sign a recruit from California, Texas or Florida for the first time since 1989.

U-M did snag one recruit from Pennsylvania - four-star offensive lineman Patrick Kugler - so it wasn't shut out completely in the most fertile recruiting territories, but this marks the second year in a row the Wolverines have landed just one total prospect from those four states.

The Maize and Blue have had experienced different periods of success in each state over the past two decades, peaking in California in 2005 (four) and 2007 (four), in Texas in 1996 (five), in Florida in 2009 (eight), and in Pennsylvania in 2001 (four).

Michigan hasn't signed a Californian just four times in the past 20 years, including 2013, while going blank in Texas (10 times), Florida (nine times) and Pennsylvania (eight times) more frequently.

The rise of Midwest recruiting has coincided with a rise in Ohio recruiting; from 1994-2009, U-M averaged 2.6 Ohioans over that 16-year stretch, but has signed 36 alone the past four classes (9.0 per class).

Class
Total
Michigan
Recruits
Ohio
Recruits
Midwest
Recruits*
California
Recruits
Texas
Recruits
Florida
Recruits
Pennsylvania
Recruits
1994
22
9
1
14
0
0
3
0
1995
20
10
2
15
1
3
0
0
1996
19
5
1
8
1
5
1
0
1997
20
4
2
12
2
0
0
1
1998
21
5
3
11
2
1
0
1
1999
23
5
4
13
2
1
1
0
2000
19
2
3
7
3
0
2
0
2001
20
8
3
14
0
1
0
4
2002
21
12
2
18
1
0
0
1
2003
17
6
2
10
1
0
1
1
2004
22
6
1
12
1
0
1
2
2005
23
6
4
12
4
1
0
1
2006
19
4
3
9
1
0
1
1
2007
20
5
0
8
4
3
0
1
2008
24
5
7
13
0
3
3
0
2009
22
4
3
8
1
0
8
1
2010
27
4
11
16
0
1
3
3
2011
20
6
7
14
1
3
1
0
2012
25
9
9
21
1
0
0
0
2013
27
8
9
21
0
0
0
1
The Midwest consists of: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska)



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