It is no secret that Michigan did not do as well recruiting under Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez, as they are now with Jim Harbaugh. If there is one area of recruiting that Michigan should always excel in, it would be the in-state recruits. Although Hoke landed some notable talents from inside the state of Michigan, he didn’t necessarily dominate like we’re seeing from Jim Harbaugh. Michigan is by far the most successful college football program in the state, So why would it be hard to obtain the talents that reside so close to this historic program?
Brady Hoke’s first full year of recruiting in 2012 was impressive, with eight out of the top 12 in state recruits signing with Michigan. This class included Devin Funchess, Matt Godin, and Ben Braden. After Hoke’s first class, in-state recruiting slowly got worse. For the class of 2013, Hoke was able to land seven of the top 13 recruits from inside the state. This class included Jourdan lewis and Khalid Hill. 2014 is when things went down hill for Brady Hoke’s in-state recruiting. After two poor seasons Hoke was only able to land four out of the top 14 recruits from Michigan. Most of the remaining top players chose to head to East Lansing to play for the Spartans. Before being fired by Michigan in December of 2014, Hoke did spend some time recruiting players from the class of 2015. Hoke was only able to hold onto two out of the 11 top players from Michigan, one committed after Harbaugh was hired (Grant Perry).
Harbaugh’s first full season of recruiting went well overall, but not so great in the in-state category. Harbaugh only landed three of the top 18 players from Michigan, while the rest went to Notre Dame, Michigan State, and others.
To no surprise, things changed very quickly during Harbaugh’s second full year of recruiting. In the 2017 class, Harbaugh was almost flawless in the state of Michigan. The maize and blue landed seven out of the top eight players from Michigan, including the entire top six. The players included five-star wide out Donovan Peoples-Jones and six four star recruits.
Currently working on his third full season of recruiting, Harbaugh is already making statements inside the state. In the past week, elite in-state offensive tackles Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes have both committed to Michigan. They are both four star recruits that weigh in at around 250 pounds each. Harbaugh has also landed four star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson from Dearborn. With a tons of time remaining until signing day, Michigan has already obtained three of the state’s top six recruits.
It is no phenomenon what Jim Harbaugh has done for Michigan recruiting since his hiring. He has already compiled a 20-6 record with the Wolverines and taken them to an Orange Bowl. His dominance of in-state recruiting is just a taste of the potential success that Harbaugh can produce at Michigan.