For college football fans around the state—and the country, for that matter—National Signing Day (Feb. 2) is a day to celebrate college football, and an excuse in the offseason to keep your eye on your favorite team.
In the state of Michigan, there was no question Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines won the day in 2017, bringing in seven of the top eight in-state recruits and claiming the No. 5 class nationally and the second-ranked class in the conference, according the 247Sports composite rankings, which factors in recruit rankings from all the major publications.
Michigan’s new signees, led by five-star wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, helped the Maize and Blue finish with its second-consecutive Top-10 class—a near necessity for a team that lost 17 of its 22 starters from 2016. Most notably, the Wolverines brought in five highly-touted receivers to replace the big-play weapons of departing Amara Darboh, Jehu Chesson and Jake Butt.
Michigan State had the second-best class in the state and the No. 34 class nationally, led by four-star Ann Arbor Skyline wide receiver Hunter Rison, son of former NFL receiver Andre Rison. Coming in at No. 90 and 92 in the country, respectively, were the Western Michigan Broncos and the Central Michigan Chippewas. Rounding out the FBS programs in the state was Eastern Michigan with the No. 126 class.
Of course, these are football players who have proven themselves at the high school level. To see how their talents transfer to and develop in college, we’ll have to wait until September.