The fight is on!
Michigan is now loaded with fresh talent for the upcoming 2017 football season. Building and attacking with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. Michigan Football just reloaded in one class for another Big Ten title run. Through it’s amazing efforts in recruiting, Michigan is surely in the hunt and will stay there.
Michigan had their second installment of “Signing with the Stars” on February 1st at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. It was a star packed event to announce their recruits for the 2017 season, 11 recruits of which are already on campus and enrolled in classes.
The event was led off with the signing of the National Anthem. Additionally, the beginning included a solid performance from the Michigan drumline, which performed alongside the Michigan Marching Band.
The Masters of Ceremony were the comedy duo of the Sklar brothers. Jason and Farrell Sklar are both University of Michigan alums and were a great pair to do the event. The Player’s Tribune helped out for the second straight year by streaming the event online. Thanks to the help of owner and avid Michigan fan, Derek Jeter
The Sklar brothers said “we have hit the lottery with Coach Harbaugh coming back to Michigan”. This was met with a resounding round of applause.
The event had many presenters throughout the day including: Coach Bev Plocki (women’s gymnastics), Coach Mark Rosen (volleyball), Coach Carol Hutchens (softball and winningest coach in Michigan history), and Olympic hurdlers Jeff and Tiffany Porter.
The event also saw several former players attend and speak during the streaming broadcast. They included:
- 1997 Captain and National Champion Jon Jansen
- Detroit Lions Offensive Lineman Graham Glasgow
- Former Pittsburgh Steeler LaMarr Woodley
- Philadelphia Eagle Brandan Graham
- Former Denver Bronco Ian Gold
- Former Philadelphia Eagle and Dallas Cowboy Marlin Jackson
- Detroit Lions Quarterback Jake Rudock
- Carolina Panther Devin Funchess
- Michigan Great and former NFL player Braylon Edwards
- Athletic Director and former football player Warde Manuel
There was even a video message from Olympic champion Michael Phelps urging on the Michigan faithful and incoming recruits.
Former Michigan lineman and radio personality Jon Jansen said during the event that “unlike other schools, our athletes go to class at Michigan”. This was said in order to stress the fact that players are student-athletes and both academics and athletics are important to each other. You cannot have one without the other. Jansen may or may not have been taking subtle shots at other programs, but we’ll leave you to speculate on that…
Later, Graham Glasgow was asked if he had any advice for the incoming offensive lineman and he said “Coach Drevno and Coach Harbaugh are always right and constantly looking long term”.
The event also received a performance from the student percussion group “The Groove”, who really got the house rocking and out of their seats. The day was also blessed with Michigan fan, official football player, and Mott hospital former patient Larry Prout Jr. and his parents. He was giving his words of encouragement and telling of the praises for Mott Hospital. He also told of his charity “Larry’s Place”, a place for family while their loved one is having surgery or procedures at the hospital.
I asked Jon Jansen after the event by for his thoughts on the incoming class and the season to come and he said “big athletic bodies up front, physical linebackers, dynamic running backs and defensive backs, and size/speed at wide receiver. This reaction from Jon puts it all into perspective: Michigan is back and is here to stay. Jim Harbaugh has recruited out of his mind since arriving at Michigan and has therefore set Michigan up for continued success through his various victories as an elite recruiter.
In all, Michigan had its best recruiting class in recent history. The Wolverines got 30 recruits that immediately bolster the team’s ability to compete on the field at a high level. After the event was over, Michigan received pledges from the #1 punter in the country Brad Robbins and wide receiver Nico Collins. The addition of Collins to the fold, capped off what was a truly blockbuster recruiting year for Coach Harbaugh and the Michigan football program.