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Recruiting: How Michigan can complete huge 2017 class


With 10 commitments from 10 different states, Michigan has caught fire on the recruiting trail over the last couple months, setting up for a potentially strong finish in the 2017 class.

The expectation is U-M will sign between 27 and 33 prospects in this upcoming class, signifying it will be a big class for the second straight cycle.

In order to finish strong, the Wolverines staff will both change up their approach and keep doing what they’ve been doing heading towards the home stretch of the cycle. Among the things the staff will be focusing on:

Michigan’s BBQ at the Big House: The BBQ at the Big House has been an annual recruiting event that has survived from the Rich Rodriguez days. It continues to be one of the biggest recruiting days of the year for the program and on Aug. 6, it may the biggest one of them all.

On Monday, the M-Den announced that the new Nike football jerseys will not be released on Aug. 1 with the rest of the Jumpman release and will instead be held until the the day of the barbeque. This is not a coincidence, making it a huge event for recruits.

Expect many of Michigan’s top targets to be on campus for the event. Among those who have already confirmed are top in-state recruits Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit Cass Tech) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (Detroit King).