Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Scouts Inc. national recruiting director Tom Luginbill recently published his Top 10 classes of early enrollees. Not surprisingly, Michigan comes in at No. 2 behind Georgia, while Penn State ranks No. 8.
Check out the full list, but here's a tidbit from Luginbill on Michigan's class:
"The Wolverines' seven early arrivers will all have an impact. But we think QB Tate Forcier [No. 14] has a chance to make the quickest, biggest splash. At 6-foot-1, 183 pounds, Forcier doesn't have ideal size. But with his speed and Jeff Garcia-like ability to improvise outside the pocket, Forcier's a good fit for Rich Rodriguez's spread offense. Look for defensive linemen Anthony LaLota [No. 13 at DE] and William Campbell [No. 21 at OT] to also compete for time right away."
And here are his thoughts on Penn State:
"Though we're not sold on Kevin Newsome at the [quarterback] position [we ranked Newsome as our No. 15 athlete], he no doubt helps out with depth. Right now, Newsome plays more like a street-ball winger than a polished college prospect. That's why we think he could be an even better linebacker or safety. Colleges looked at versatile Gerald Hodges as a safety, quarterback and return specialist. We like Hodges [our No. 17 safety] in the secondary -- he's a fantastic interceptor -- where he could push for playing time right away."
Michigan certainly needs its early arrivals to catch on quickly this spring, particularly Forcier, who gets a head start on Denard Robinson. Spring practice also should be very beneficial from Newsome, who can apprentice for Daryll Clark and start polishing his game for a backup role in 2009 and a possible starting job in 2010.
Not every Big Ten team has early enrollees, but I was a little surprised that Ohio State didn't make Luginbill's list. The Buckeyes boast four early enrollees, including heralded offensive lineman Jack Mewhort. Wisconsin also got a nice head start with four early arrivals, including quarterback Jon Budmayr and defensive tackle Jordan Kohout.