It seems like Michigan is in a great position for several really good linebackers in this class, but with only 16 scholarships currently available, are they going to have to turn away some possible commitments?
Whilst the linebacker play from UM has been poor over the last few seasons, Michigan did address this in the 2011 class with four linebacker commits. So with a class of 16 this year, they probably don't want to take more than two LBs. This is because the bulk of the scholarships will be spent on lineman (at least 5 OL, at least 3 DL).
So let's say for now that Michigan only has two places for LBs in the class, who do you take? Well the two top linebackers on the board are probably James Ross and Royce Jenkins-Stone, part of the Detroit trio that are still strongly considering Michigan. However, both Ross and RJS plan late decisions, nearer their senior year...
The question is, will the scholarships be available for those two in the fall?
If you read this blog often, you should know all about Kaleb Ringer, and how he's going to commit to Michigan on April 15th. But one guy I haven't talked a whole lot about is Ohio LB Joe Bolden. Joe is an ESPN150 watch list recruit, who's already visited Michigan and considers himself a Michigan lean! He'll be visiting again this weekend with his coaches, which means a commitment could happen.
So, it's actually quite likely that Michigan comes out of the spring with two LB commits, which might leave RJS and Ross out in the cold. UM will expect some attrition this offseason, but I doubt Brady Hoke will want to take four LBs again, there are other positions with much greater needs. It's going to be real interesting to see how this unfolds.
You know recruiting is going well when you have to turn four star kids away...