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Thursday, February 5, 2009
Recruiting snapshot: Michigan

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

As one of the bright spots in Big Ten recruiting this year, Michigan hits cleanup in our recruiting rundown. 

Number of recruits: 22

Key needs: Quarterback, defensive line, defensive back

Highest-rated player (Scouts Inc.): Craig Roh (No. 4 nationally among defensive end)

The quote: "If we had 3-9 at a different school, it would be even more difficult. But because we are at a great place, and because we have some things in place, when their families came, they saw the program, and saw the reasons why we struggled the way we struggled and knew they could be part of helping us fix it." -- Head coach Rich Rodriguez on his 2009 recruits

Quick take: Michigan's historically bad 2008 season put an increased burden on Rodriguez and his assistants during the recruiting process. Simply keeping verbal commitments on board was a challenge, and Michigan lost nine players. But Rodriguez and his staff filled in the gaps nicely and built momentum toward signing day, when they signed a top 10 class. Quarterback was a chief priority and Michigan landed two players (Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson) who will compete for the starting job. The additions of top defensive linemen Roh and William Campbell and wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes were vital for a program that showed it remains a major player in the recruiting race.