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Experts Agree: Michigan's 2018 Recruiting Class Is The Most Disappointing

Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats.

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Wolverines had the worst recruiting effort in 2018 among all the top programs.

Jim Harbaugh made serious recruiting headlines in his first years leading Michigan's football program. He was sleeping over at kids' houses, bring celebrities to Signing Day ceremonies and reeling in top 10 classes.

The Wolverines have taken a big step back this year, though. Michigan's 2018 recruiting class is a disappointment.

All things considered, Michigan's recruiting effort in 2018 is probably the worst among all top programs. The Wolverines want to be a College Football Playoff contender, but they barely have a top 20 class, while Big Ten rivals like Ohio State and Penn State are bringing in top-five hauls.

As of 7 p.m. E.T. on National Signing Day, Michigan's 2018 recruiting class:

  • Ranked No. 21 in the country per 247Sports' team rankings
  • Had zero top 100 recruits

For a program that's trying to consistently be at an elite level, this isn't good enough. And the experts agree.

Michigan's 2018 class is just disappointing.

Michigan did get arguably the biggest transfer in the country in Shea Patterson, at least. Ole Miss' former 5-star QB recruit has transferred into the Wolverines' program. He hopes to be eligible to play right away.

The Wolverines have gotten off to a nice start in 2019, too. Michigan's four commits for '19 include one five-star and two four-stars.

For now, though, it's understandable for many Michigan fans to be upset. The Wolverines need to be better.