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Michigan football spent shocking amount on recruiting in 2022

If you want to recruit like the best, you apparently have to spend like the best.

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Dec 31, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh reacts during the 2022 Fiesta Bowl against the TCU Horned Frogs at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of the nation’s top spenders in college football, you likely think of schools like Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia; perhaps even Texas A&M as of late. Yet, among these recruiting giants is a familiar face for Michigan football fans: Jim Harbaugh and his Wolverines. In 2022, the Michigan Wolverines spend more than nearly anyone in the sport — only five teams spent more.

Michigan football spends 6th-most on recruiting in 2022

According to documents obtained by the USA Today Network, the Georgia Bulldogs spent more than anyone when it came to recruiting in 2022. The Bulldogs spent an incredible $4.5M — more than $1.5M more than the next-highest program.

Behind the reigning National Champions was Texas A&M ($2.98M), Tennessee ($2.92M), Texas ($2.44M), and Alabama ($2.32M). As you can see, the SEC (and future SEC teams) are shelling out cash in hopes of landing the nation’s top talent; and frankly, they are doing exactly that. Even Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies have been recruiting well as of late despite never winning anything remotely important.

Behind these five programs is Michigan football, who spent the 6th-most nationally and more than anyone in the Big Ten on recruiting last year ($2.24M).

Despite spending, Wolverines need recruiting boost

Despite spending more than anyone in the Big Ten, Michigan football only managed to ink the 18th-ranked class nationally and 3rd-ranked class in the Big Ten. The Wolverines did not sign a single five-star prospect in the 2023 class, and felt limited due to other outside factors such as NIL, Harbaugh-NFL rumors, the firing of Matt Wiess, and more.

There’s hope for Michigan football’s future classes

While it is important to acknowledge that the 2023 class was disappointing given that Michigan football had just won back-to-back Big Ten titles and more, it is equally important to see how good the Wolverines’ 2024 class is. Just months after finalizing its 2023 class, Michigan football is already trending for some of the nation’s top talent. Additionally, the Wolverines have a good core group in place with a class that currently ranks in the top-5 according to 247.

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Michigan football makes final five for top 10 2024 linebacker prospect

The Michigan Wolverines are trending for a top 10 linebacker in the 2024 class.

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Sep 3, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Junior Colson (25) pursues a play on defense against the Colorado State Rams at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have been getting red hot in the 2024 recruiting cycle as of late, and heading into the weekend, it appears as if Harbaugh’s staff is heating up for a massive recruit. Qua Birdsong, a top 10 linebacker in the 2024 recruiting class, included Michigan football in his top 5 remaining schools that he will choose from.

Michigan makes final five for top 10 linebacker in the 2024 recruiting class

Qua Birdsong is rated as a consensus four-star recruit (across all four major recruiting outlets) and is ranked as a top 10 linebacker according to On3. Additionally, he is ranked as the No. 136 player in the 2024 recruiting class, the No. 10 linebacker in his class, and the No. 18 player in the state of Georgia.

On Friday, Birdsong released his top five remaining teams that he is considering committing to — among his top five is Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan football Wolverines. Along with the Wolverines are the Miami Hurricanes, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Cincinatti Bearcats, the Central Florida Knights, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. As you can see, the Wolverines are the only Big Ten program in the running for this major top 10 linebacker recruit.

The On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine lists Georgia Tech, Cincinatti, and Arkansas as his top-3, though if Michigan football can get him to Ann Arbor on a visit this spring or summer, the Wolverines will likely make up a great deal of lost ground. For now, this is a great sign for Michigan football, who made the top-5 for his recruitment without him visiting Ann Arbor yet.



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Michigan football trending with top 100 recruit ahead of his second visit to Ann Arbor

The Wolverines are in good shape to land one of the best players in the 2025 recruiting class.

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Oct 15, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Donovan Edwards (7) rushes in the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — It’s been a successful month for the Michigan Wolverines thus far, as the program has been hauling in some of the nation’s top talent at the same time as spring ball starts. Over the past week alone, the Michigan football team has hauled in two four-star players from Ohio, and with another big visit coming up, the Wolveirnes are trending in a good direction with a top 100 recruit in the 2025 recruiting class.

Michigan football trending in a good direction with LaMason Waller a top 100 recruit in the 2025 class

With nine players committed thus far in the 2024 recruiting class, Michigan football currently boasts a top 3 class in the nation per 247 Sports. Still, the Wolverines are hitting the 2025 recruiting trail hard right now as well, and on April 1st, the day of the Wolverines’ annual spring game, top 100 recruit LaMason Waller will be visiting Ann Arbor. Michigan has been picking up some steam with Waller as of late, and with spring/summer recruiting getting into full swing, the Wolverines will undoubtedly be looking to land his commitment.

247 has one crystal ball for LaMason Waller thus far — it is for Michigan football. On top of that, the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine lists Michigan and Oregon as Waller’s top two schools to this point.

According to the Industry Rankings, Waller is rated as a four-star recruit and is ranked as the No. 68 player nationally, the No. 7 athlete in his class, and the No. 11 player from the state of California in the 2025 recruiting class.



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Recent on-field and recruiting success proves the OSU-UM rivalry has hit a turning point

From the games to recruiting, Michigan is dominating Ohio State right now.

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Since the turn of the century, the Michigan Wolverines have been, for lack of a better term, dominated by the Ohio State Buckeyes. Though Michigan football still leads the all-time series against Ohio State (60-51-6), Ohio State has won all but five games against Michigan since the year 2000. In fact, over the past 20 seasons, Ohio State has a 16-4 record against the Michigan Wolverines. Still, over the past two years, we have witnessed Jim Harbaugh and company turn the tide a bit — recent on-field and recruiting success proves that Michigan football is making up for lost ground.

Michigan football is stealing Ohio prospects, including some major OSU targets

This week alone, the Michigan football team has added two four-star Ohio recruits to its 2024 recruiting class. Early in the week, the Wolverines stole the No. 2 player in Ohio — running back Jordan Marshall — from the Buckeyes. The next day, Michigan sustained its success and grabbed another 2024 four-star player from Ohio; this time, it was Rivals four-star Ben Roebuck, and offensive tackle from St. Edward.

Of Michigan’s nine commits in the 2024 class, four are from the state of Ohio — additionally, the Wolverines are locked in on a few more big-name Ohio recruits, and likely aren’t done yet.

Michigan’s on-field success speaks volumes

Michigan’s few recruiting victories over Ohio State would not be nearly as big of a deal if the Wolverines weren’t crushing the Buckeyes on the field as well. In 2021, for the first time in a decade, the Michigan football team steamrolled Ohio State to the tune of a 42-27 victory. The win sent Michigan to the Big Ten title game, and eventually saw UM finish the season 12-2 overall and ranked in the top-3.

A season ago, No. 2 Ohio State (11-0) hosted No. 3 Michigan (11-0) in a massive matchup in Columbus, OH. For the first time in 22 years, Michigan football beat Ohio State in ‘The Shoe,’ and it was ugly. All said and done, Michigan improved to 12-0 for the second time in program history with a 45-23 win over Ohio State — the following week, Michigan won its 44th Big Ten Championship.

With all of Michigan’s recent on-field and recruiting wins over the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s clear that Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines have turned the tide in the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.



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