The 2016 recruiting cycle was the first full cycle under Jim Harbaugh as head coach of the Wolverines.
Both the 2016 and 2017 cycles would be large in size and in talent. The program signed 26 prospects in the class from 13 different states, including six from the state of Florida and five from the state of New Jersey. It’s also the group that was publicly announced and paraded at the program’s memorable ‘Signing of the Stars’ event that included appearances from Migos, Jim Leyland, Ric Flair, Lou Holtz, Todd McShay and a bunch of others.
For the master list of commitments in the 2016 cycle, click HERE
“How can we do something fun and a celebration?” Harbaugh said at the time. “I’ve been watching this process how they pull a fax out a fax machine and a coach stands up and talks about them and usually says the same thing. I just wanted to do something different, I wanted to do something awesome. I was really pleased. I think today did that.”
Some other facts about the group:
– Michigan has produced ten All-Big Ten candidates within this class at this point
– 10 of the 13 three-star prospects have started at least one game in their Michigan career, including the five lowest-ranked players in the recruiting class.
– Of the 26 who signed, 19 remain with the program at the time of this article
– All three of Michigan’s wide receiver signees are no longer with the program, and two of the three running backs are no longer in Ann Arbor either.
In this piece, I took a current look at where each signee was ranked and what their impact within the Michigan program was.