October 20, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines players hold up their helmets after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football recruiting: signing day predictions for the class of 2014

The Michigan Wolverines have the No. 16 recruiting class and the No. 2 class in the Big Ten which is highlighted by the nation’s No. 3 recruit Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, NJ. Paramus Catholic) who committed to Brady Hoke and Michigan before Memorial Day.

Michigan received a bevy of their 2014 commitments early in the process and have seven already enrolled in classes in Ann Arbor, so it should be a relatively quiet day for Michigan on national signing day, but one big target is still on the board.

Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich. Southfield) was believed to be a slam dunk for Michigan throughout much of his recruitment as the five-star defensive end was a frequent visitor to Michigan in the past two years and one of his first offers was from Michigan. However with Michigan struggling on the field and Michigan State having a great deal of success this year, the Spartans surged to the lead for the 6-7, 290-pound defender.

There is always hope with a recruit until he flat out says no to you, but it looks like McDowell is headed to Michigan State but if his father gets his wish he will be headed out of state to either rival Ohio State or to the national champion Florida State Seminoles.

It’s anyone’s guess where McDowell ends up and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pick any of his four finalists, but Michigan would be considered an upset. Still, this class will be judged by the career of Peppers who has unlimited potential and could be a future All-American.

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