Ranking the 10-most underrated Michigan football players of the past decade

Michigan football has had some elite players who have come through the program under former head coach Jim Harbaugh, but not all have come to Ann Arbor with the expectations that they would be elite.

Harbaugh and his staff did an excellent job of identifying and developing talent throughout the years, and many players who have become Wolverines have significantly outplayed their recruiting rankings. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the players we’ve deemed to be the best at exceeding expectations once they arrived on campus, ranking the top 10 who have thrived once they put on a winged helmet.

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Original ranking: No. 589
Star-rating: 3-star

Sainristil may be on the Michigan football Mt. Rushmore given everything he did for the Wolverines. A team captain, vocal leader, tone-setter, and playmaker, he was the complete package, despite being a three-star. He came to Ann Arbor as a wide receiver but switched to nickel back in 2022 and thrived. It’s difficult to pick one big play that stands out the most — from his pass breakup on Ohio State TE Cade Stover in 2022 to his game-sealing interception against Washington in the national championship game, it always seemed as if he wouldn’t just make big plays, they were particularly timely.

Impressive that he could go down as one of the best Wolverines of all time considering the lack of hype he came in with after flipping from Virginia Tech late in the 2019 cycle.

Photo: Isaiah Hole

Original ranking: No. 265
Star-rating: 3/4-star

It’s hard to believe that Zinter was a three-star in 247Sports’ proprietary rankings (he was a four-star in the 247Sports Composite). Perhaps the best interior lineman Michigan has had, despite the long line of great linemen who have come through Ann Arbor, Zinter was lauded by the coaching staff back in 2021 as…


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Publish date : 2024-02-10 16:00:09

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