Take heart, Michigan football fans, the news isn't all bad in the wake of last Saturday's stunning loss to Appalachian State. Coach Lloyd Carr and his staff continue to recruit one of the best freshman classes in the country.
The Wolverines got a big catch in J.B. Fitzgerald, a 4-star linebacker from West Windsor, New Jersey. The 6-3, 225-pounder is one of the three best linebackers in the state--and Michigan has landed two of them. The other is 6-2, 220-pound Marcus Witherspoon of Absecon. Fitzgerald has size, speed, strength and instincts.
Michigan has a top 10 recruiting class in the making. It is headed by running back Sam McGuffie of Houston, Texas, whom I consider the most exciting player in the country on film. Not the best, but certainly the most exciting. I rank McGuffie as the No. 10 player in the country and the No. 3 running back behind Darrell Scott of Ventura, Calif., and Oklahoma-bound Jermie Calhoun of Van, Texas.
Recruiting has slowed a bit because the season has begun. But now prospects will begin to take official campus visits, which is the next stage in the process. And we'll begin to see some disgruntled players transfer from school to school once they realize they aren't getting enough playing time.
Players like Emmanuel Moody, who opted to leave USC and chose Florida over Texas and North Carolina. Moody, who was USC's second-leading rusher last season, apparently saw the handwriting on the locker room wall. USC is stockpiling tailbacks and Moody sensed that his playing time would be reduced with the arrival of heralded freshman Joe McKnight.