The roots for Michigan's acclaimed 2012 recruiting class took shape in the months immediately following coach Brady Hoke's hiring.
Michigan's quick start to recruiting — the team had 11 verbal commitments by the end of May and 21 before the season started — resulted in the nation's No. 7 class, according to ESPN Recruiting.
Well, it's happening again.
Michigan's men's basketball team scored a signature victory against archrival Ohio State on the hardwood Saturday night, but the biggest winners during the weekend might have been Hoke and his staff.
Michigan landed eight — eight — verbal commitments from high school juniors, giving the team 11 commits for the 2013 class. Six players are on the ESPNU 150 watch List.
Here's the full list of commits:
Kyle Bosch, offensive lineman
Wyatt Shallman, running back
Jourdan Lewis, defensive back
David Dawson, offensive lineman
Chris Fox, offensive lineman
Taco Charlton, defensive end
Jake Butt, tight end
Logan Tuley-Tillman, offensive lineman
Tuley-Tillman, Shallman, Fox, Charlton, Butt and Bosch are all on the ESPNU 150 Watch list. Michigan beefed up on both lines and added players like Shallman and Butt who fit the team's offensive vision for the future, based around the power game.
Tom VanHaaren, who does a superb job covering Michigan recruiting for Wolverine Nation, tells me that while the number of commitments Michigan received this past weekend jumps out, the Wolverines' fast start doesn't come as a surprise.
"The coaching staff got a jump start in evaluating 2013 prospects, but maybe more importantly offered them scholarships and got them on campus early as well," VanHaaren wrote me in an email. "The night game against Notre Dame is a prime example where around five of Michigan's 11 current 2013 commitments were on hand for that game back in September. That's over six months that these prospects have already had to familiarize themselves with the program, and they haven't even finished their junior year of high school yet. ...
"What it means going forward is that Michigan will be able to target more specific recruits rather than cast a wide net. They need to address the receiver position, defensive line, linebacker, and a few more offensive linemen for the most part."
While Urban Meyer's recruiting success has had the Big Ten buzzing, Michigan made a major statement during the weekend. The Wolverines now move on to future targets, among them running back Ty Isaac.