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Class 134: Superlatives

MVP: Shane Morris. Morris set the tone for the entire class with his early commitment. His early recruiting work was also responsible for bringing his partner in crime, Dymonte Thomas on board as well.

The face of Class 134.

Most Underappreciated: Jourdan Lewis. Lewis was another player who got on board early and never really looked back. He was told by Nick Saban last summer that he was one of the ten best players in his class, and he didn't flinch. He also played a small part in David Dawson's return and Delano Hill's commitment.

Biggest Steal: Derrick Green. Michigan coaches did an excellent job getting Green in the fold, but likely caught a couple breaks on the way. He's the best running back Michigan has recruited since Kevin Grady and will have a much better career than Grady did.

Favorite Commitment Story: Patrick Kugler. Kugler visited Michigan with no coaches on campus, on a weekend where school was out, walked into Michigan Stadium and decided Michigan was the best place for him. He cancelled his visit to East Lansing and was one of the most solid commitments Michigan had.

Most Versatile: Jourdan Lewis. Many strongly believe Lewis should be a wide receiver at Michigan. He can play both sides of the ball, but his home is almost certainly on defense, where he has the potential to be a shutdown corner.

Team That Hurt M the Most: USC. Despite the total collapse of what originally looked to be one of the best classes in recruiting history, the Trojans still hindered Michigan from bolstering their class. It's conceivable that the Wolverines finished in second place for three of the top 100 players in the country, including two 247Composite five-stars in Su'a Cravens and Leon McQuay III. Cravens, McQuay and running back Ty Isaac all had Michigan high on their list but chose Los Angeles instead.

Best Interview: Wyatt Shallman and Henry Poggi. Shallman is a comedian who doubles as a football player. At the same time, he's very engaging and honest. Poggi was probably my favorite interview overall of the cycle and maybe my favorite player to cover as well. Between his pre-game bathroom rituals and his love for the Big Lebowski, he's a great personality and was a lot of fun to cover throughout the process.

Most media-friendly: Michael McCray. McCray is always available for quotes, opinions and questions. Sometimes I'd wonder if he ever put his phone down. He was incredibly friendly and accommodating as well.

Best Football IQ: Patrick Kugler. The son of a former NFL coach, Kugler amazed me during an interview when he told me he actually preferred to redshirt his freshman season. Center is perhaps the most difficult offensive line position to master, but he's a smart player who wants to hone his craft as much as possible before taking the field.

Quietest: Ben Gedeon. Ben is a soft spoken, incredibly intelligent guy. We were fortunate enough to catch him a couple times and I wish he'd do more interviews because he has great insight.

Social Network King: Shane Morris. Dude has like 20,000 followers on Twitter. He's already become a quality ambassador for Michigan football and to the younger generation is arguably one of the most recognizable names.

Most Inspirational: David Dawson. Dawson went through a huge loss with the death of his father and he eventually decommitted from Michigan, getting a lot of unnecessary flack from the fans. His re-offer and eventual commitment solidified him as one of the cornerstones of the class. His progression is likely to become a story with a happy ending.

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