Michigan not expected to add any more recruits to 2013 class
Norfleet, then committed to Cincinnati, snapped at the offer. He joined the Wolverines' class shortly after midnight, faxed in his letter of intent hours later -- and turned into one of Michigan's biggest freshman contributors that fall.
He finished second in the Big Ten in kick returns.
The late addition paid immediate dividends for Michigan. But it's not expected to follow a similar path this year.
The Wolverines are expected to stand pat at 27 commits when national signing day arrives Wedneday, now that their last known target, tight End Durham Smythe (Belton, Texas), has committed to Notre Dame.
"They're set to have a pretty small class next year. If they don't take a 28th guy, that's another spot they can use next year," Rivals recruiting analyst Tim Sullivan said. "Next year's class could grow to around 20, but it'll start around 14 or 15 guys that they can take. So having another spot next year certainly would help.
"Another thing is there just aren't many guys out there that they would want. Obviously there are always surprises. But at this point, i just doesn't seem like there is one, and they're not going to take a guy just to take a guy."
Michigan's 27-man class ranks No. 1 in the country according to Scout. It is No. 6 according to Rivals and No. 5 according to ESPN.
Six of the recruits already are on campus as early enrollees. The rest can make their pledges official by faxing in signed letters of intent Wednesday.
Sullivan said he believes each of the 21 commits not already enrolled will sign with Michigan. That includes four-star defensive lineman Henry Poggi (Baltimore), who took a recent trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
But nothing is ever certain in recruiting.
Just ask Dennis Norfleet.
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