Recruiting, recruiting, everyone loves to talk recruiting! Every year since I’ve been at TOM, I’ve released a “Recruiting Rewind,” which focuses on a specific year and how its recruits developed (or didn’t) during their collegiate careers. That article is always well-received and puts college wrestling into perspective for some. Building on that, let’s look team-by-team at how some of the country’s top programs have fared on the recruiting trail and pick out some of the strengths and tendencies.
Last week we talked about Ohio State, so we should probably cover their fierce rival, Michigan. The Wolverines are in their third year of leadership under head coach Sean Bormet. They recently took home an NCAA team trophy in 2018 after finishing tied for fourth in the nation. Another trophy could be on the horizon in 2021. Michigan is positioned to compete for a team title based on a combination of high-end recruiting and the development of lesser-known signees.
Here are Michigan’s top recruits from the high school classes of 2014-2020. While there were obviously more signings during each year, these were the ones with the most pre-college credentials and expectations. The numbers next to each name denote their final, overall ranking in their respective class. Classes from 2018-20 are via TOM, while the years before that are from my old D1CW site. We’ve also noted some key transfers that were added, too.
#34 Gaige Garcia (Southern Columbia, PA)
#59 Dylan Ragusin (Montini Catholic, IL)
#74 Fidel Mayora (Montini Catholic, IL)
#105 Jaden Bullock (Oscar Smith, VA)
#122 Joseph Walker (Mishawaka, IN)
#184 Brendin Yatooma (Detroit Central Catholic, MI)
#7 Cameron Amine (Detroit Central Catholic, MI) Redshirted 2019-20
#21 Kurt McHenry (St. Paul’s School, MD) Redshirted 2019-20
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