Round 1
Player
School
Recruting Class
Selected By
10. Stephon Gilmore
South Carolina
2009
Bills
While Gilmore proved to be an elite cornerback at the collegiate level, his recruitment by Michigan actually focused on his skills as a quarterback. From the class that saw the Wolverines collect pledges from Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver, later replacing them with Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, the Maize and Blue’s pursuit of Gilmore was consistent throughout. He listed Michigan early in the process, but ultimately chose from more local options.
13. Michael Floyd
Notre Dame
2008
Cardinals
Floyd spent the summer before his senior season investigating his options through the Midwest, taking June unofficial visits to Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio State and Notre Dame. His visit to Ann Arbor was on the final day of the Wolverines’ summer camp, where he was able to participate in the skills competitions. His high school, St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall, has long been a pipeline to Notre Dame, however, and the Wolverines were never more than a minor player in his recruitment.
17. Dre Kirkpatrick
Alabama
2009
Bengals
Michigan heavily recruited Kirkpatrick and was named as a potential official visit destination on several occasions by the young cornerback. While he did have interest in the Maize and Blue, that official visit never materialized. Instead, he took just three trips, checking out Alabama, Florida and Texas.
27. Kevin Zeitler
Wisconsin
2008
Bengals
Zeitler’s recruitment may be one that Michigan fans won’t remember as it went by very quickly. The Wolverines only began recruiting him after a strong Nike Camp showing during the spring of his junior year. A month later, he attended the Michigan summer camp and earned a scholarship offer from the Wolverines. Following the camp, he declared that Michigan was tied with Wisconsin for his leader. However, just one week later, he announced his commitment to the Badgers.
28. Nick Perry
Southern Cal
2008
Packers
The true heartbreaker of the draft for Michigan fans to think back on; Perry had Michigan at the top of his list throughout the recruiting process, but always stuck to his guns about making a late decision. Lloyd Carr’s retirement, and the subsequent lengthy coaching search, opened the door for other schools to move in. The Wolverines still appeared to have a great shot up until the end, when he shunned the hometown team to head out west.
32. David Wilson
Virginia Tech
2009
Giants
Wilson was heavily recruited by the Wolverines, but early in the process he focused most of his attention on his track and field activities. At that time, he listed Michigan among a long list of schools under consideration. While the timing of his decision in mid-July was a surprise to most, few were taken off guard by his choice to play for his in-state school.
Round 2
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
39. Janoris Jenkins
N. Alabama
2008
Rams
When Rich Rodriguez took over as Michigan’s head coach in January 2008, he made a strong push into the state of Florida. A high school teammate of Martavious Odoms, Jenkins was one of several Pahokee players to receive a scholarship offer from the Wolverines. However, he had already been committed to Florida for several months at that point and Michigan’s late involvement made little impact on his thinking.
50. Isaiah Pead
Cincinnati
2008
Rams
Despite having commitments from Michael Cox and Sam McGuffie, then new head coach Rich Rodriguez continued to recruit at the running back position. Michigan made a late push for Pead, who set up an official visit for the final weekend of the recruiting cycle. In the end, the Wolverines never offered him a scholarship and that visit never took place. Instead, efforts were focused on locking up a commitment from Michael Shaw.
53. Devon Still
Penn State
2007
Bengals
Still consistently listed a top three of Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State throughout the fall of his senior year. He made an early December official visit to Ann Arbor, but came away unimpressed, instead listing Ohio State and Penn State as his leaders. He made a late January decision in favor of the Nittany Lions.
56. Mike Adams
Ohio State
2008
Steelers
Michigan offered Adams early in the recruiting process and the top-rated lineman reciprocated that interest with an unofficial visit to the Wolverines’ junior day in February. Despite reporting back very positively on the trip, he announced in favor of Ohio State just three weeks later.
63. Rueben Randle
LSU
2009
Giants
Michigan was one of the first schools to offer Randle a scholarship and his high school coach was very supportive of the Maize and Blue’s efforts to recruit the top rated receiver. Those two facts allowed the Wolverines to linger in his recruitment for some time, with talk of a potential unofficial and even official visit to Ann Arbor. In the end, those trips never materialized and he focused his attention primarily on southern schools.
Round 3
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
74. Donald Stephenson
Oklahoma
2007
Chiefs
Former Michigan offensive line coach Andy Moeller had a strong relationship with Stephenson’s high school coaching staff dating back to his time coaching at Missouri, which led to a mutual interest between the Wolverines and the talented young prospect. Stephenson set up a mid-January official visit to Michigan, but that trip never took place. He decided to drop the Wolverines and visited Oklahoma on that weekend instead. He chose the Sooners over Kansas and Missouri.
82. Mike Martin
Michigan
2008
Titans
While Martin was always considered a Michigan lean, early offers from Iowa and Penn State allowed the conference foes to make a push for his signature. The home team won out in early June, when Martin declared for the Wolverines. After Lloyd Carr’s retirement, Martin waivered somewhat in his commitment and considered taking visits to Michigan State and Notre Dame. In the end, he stayed true to his word, signing with the Wolverines.
94. Jayron Hosley
Virginia Tech
2009
Giants
Hosley had one of those crazy recruitments that are difficult to describe. A huge senior year led to immense interest from college recruiters, Michigan’s among those. The Wolverines appeared to be a solid player and he set up a mid-January official visit. However, a visit to South Florida the week before seemingly locked up his commitment to the Bulls, and the Michigan trip was cancelled. Virginia Tech had only offered Hosley in late December, but the Hokies managed to get a late visit, locking up a signing day surprise.
Round 4
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
101. Omar Bolden
Arizona State
2007
Broncos
Bolden picked up a late summer scholarship offer from the Wolverines and spoke repeatedly about making an official visit to Michigan. Concerns about his academic progress may have been the root of Michigan backing away, but as the contact level from the Maize and Blue declined, so did his interest.
116. Orson Charles
Georgia
2009
Bengals
Michigan offered Charles early in the process and received occasional mention during the summer months for a possible official visit. The Wolverines early attempts to recruit him for the defensive side of the ball didn’t help matters, but ultimately, his recruitment was always a longshot for the Maize and Blue. As his senior year progressed, so did his focus on southern schools.
Round 5
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
139. Robert Blanton
Notre Dame
2008
Vikings
Hailing from the same school as former Michigan safety Jamar Adams, Blanton attended the Wolverines’ summer camp prior to his sophomore and junior years. While Michigan was considered the likely early leader for his services, a trip to South Bend in April of his junior year shifted his recruitment in favor of the Irish. He committed to Notre Dame in late June.
144. Zebrie Sanders
Florida State
2008
Bills
Sanders attended Michigan’s junior day and then made a surprise unofficial visit during the fall for one of the Wolverines’ home games. He consistently listed Michigan in his top five in the summer and early fall, but between Michigan’s rough season and the retirement of Lloyd Carr, the Wolverines were not able to secure one of his official visits.
158. Jack Crawford
Penn State
2008
Raiders
Crawford's first season of playing football came as a junior in high school, which made him somewhat of an unknown quantity to college recruiters. Still, he managed to pick up a handful of Big Ten offers in the summer before his senior year. Michigan recruited him and was in his top five, but wanted to see senior year film before offering. Crawford decided not to wait and committed to Penn State.
165. Darius Fleming
Notre Dame
2008
49ers
Fleming was offered by Michigan and took an early unofficial visit to check out Ann Arbor. However, Notre Dame firmly established itself as the frontrunner in his recruitment from very early in the process.  He made several trips to South Bend before committing to the Irish in the spring of his junior year.
Round 6
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
191. Dan Herron
Ohio State
2007
Bengals
Prior to his senior year, Herron attended the first full day of the Michigan summer camp, earning a scholarship offer from the Wolverines. The offer pushed Michigan into the lead, but that edge was ultimately short lived. Just four days later he attended the Ohio State camp, where he likewise received an offer. He announced in favor of the Buckeyes two weeks after that.
Round 7
Player
School
Recruiting Class
Selected By
226. David Molk
Michigan
2007
Chargers
Molk attended summer camps at Michigan, Notre Dame and Iowa before his senior season, with unofficial visits to a wide variety of schools. His camp performance in Ann Arbor locked up a scholarship offer from the Wolverines, and an additional visit that followed helped him decide in favor of the Maize and Blue. He announce his commitment in early August.
231. Toney Clemons
Colorado
2007
Steelers
The younger cousin of then Michigan wide receiver Steve Breaston, Clemons had the Wolverines at the forefront of his recruitment throughout the process. Despite his strong leanings toward the Maize and Blue, he waited until late October to announce his plan to play for Michigan. Between friction with a new coaching staff and his failure to move up the depth chart, Clemons decided to transfer to Colorado after two seasons in Ann Arbor.
238. Junior Hemingway
Michigan
2007
Chiefs
Playing quarterback as a sophomore, Hemingway attended Michigan’s summer camp prior to his junior season, where he thoroughly impressed all onlookers with his skills as a receiver. Michigan was the first to offer a scholarship with several other major programs following. He selected the Wolverines just before start of his senior season.
 
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