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Michigan's 2012 recruiting class

Top in-state players, handful of offensive linemen lead Hoke's second-year haul

Updated: February 1, 2012, 2:45 PM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation

Ondre PipkinsCourtesy Pipkins FamilyOndre Pipkins, alongside James Ross at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, can't wait to get his wings.

As of signing day, ESPNU ranks Michigan's class No. 8 in the country. Brady Hoke started building this class early on, securing the first 20 commitments before the calendar had even considered turning to September.

It's fair to call this a transitional class as Hoke, offensive coordinator Al Borges and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison look for players who better fit their preferred schemes. It's no secret the Wolverines will become a pro-style offense once Denard Robinson is finished after the 2012 season, putting a premium on bigger wide receivers and pass-catching tight ends in this class. Mattison also wants to get bigger up front, and Michigan made some headway there, as well.

The complete 2012 recruiting class:

Tom VanHaaren has covered Michigan recruiting since 2008. He can be reached at TomVHESPN@gmail.com or on Twitter @TomVH.

WolverineNation editor Bob McClellan contributed to this report.<