Michigan recruiting off to another fast start

Fast starts have been a trademark of Michigan's upgraded recruiting efforts under head coach Brady Hoke. It's happening again.

Michigan checks in at No. 6 in RecruitingNation's initial class rankings for 2014. The Wolverines have five recruits verbally committed -- the fewest among the teams ranked in the top 10 -- but Hoke and his assistants are bringing in quality talent.

All five Michigan commits are ranked in the initial ESPN 150 for the 2014 class. Defensive tackle Bryan Mone leads off the group at No. 72, followed by wide receiver Drake Harris, a one-time Michigan State commit who also considered Ohio State, at No. 96.

Ohio State is the only other Big Ten squad in the initial class rankings, checking in at No. 11. The Buckeyes have seven verbal commits but only one ranked in the ESPN 150 -- defensive back Damon Webb at No. 57.

Iowa boasts the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit in guard Ross Pierschbacher. Wisconsin also has a player in the 150 in tackle Jaden Gault (No. 117).

The state-by-state breakdown of the initial ESPN 150 leans heavily toward the South (surprise, surprise). Illinois has the most selections in Big Ten territory (6), followed by Michigan (4). New Jersey, which becomes Big Ten territory next year, has five players in the 150.