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Michigan Named The Biggest "Loser" Of 2018 Recruiting Cycle

The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 17: The Michigan Wolverines marching band performs before the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Wolverines had a disappointing class.

Look away, Michigan fans. Here are some more not-so-kind words about your program's 2018 recruiting class.

The Wolverines have been named one of the biggest "losers" of National Signing Day (and, really, the 2018 recruiting class as a whole).

Michigan's '18 class isn't bad by any stretch. The class ranks among the top 25 nationally.

Ohio State and Penn State have top 5 classes, though, and those are the programs the Wolverines are trying to compete against. A class that ranks No. 21 by 247Sports isn't good enough.

From SI.com:

The biggest disappointment of the day involved a player ranked higher than any in Michigan’s 2018 class. Reese, a high school teammate of 2017 five-star and current Wolverines defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon at Lee County, had been verbally committed to Michigan since June 2016, but after opting against inking his NLI during the early window in December, he spurned the Wolverines in favor of signing with local program Georgia on signing day.

The Wolverines also failed to beat out Ohio State for Petit-Frere even after practicing at his high school before their Outback Bowl matchup with South Carolina. After finishing fifth in the 247Sports Composite team rankings a year ago, Michigan sat at 21st in 2018 as of Wednesday afternoon, well behind fellow Big Ten East teams Ohio State (No. 2) and Penn State (No. 5).

The 2018 season is a massive one for Jim Harbaugh and his program. There can be no more disappointments.

Going forward, the recruiting is going to have to improve, too.