Recruitment: Michigan was seemingly in a great position for Sammy Watkins entering the fall of last year. He'd already visited for the spring game and planned to come back for an official visit. UM also had his teammate Dallas Crawford committed. The offense was looking explosive in September, and it looked like Watkins would end up in the class. Unfortunately for UM, things went downhill from there, and Watkins jumped for Clemson.
Clemson: At Clemson, Watkins has already established himself as a starter, and one of the most feared receivers in the ACC because of his speed and agility. Through four games he has a whopping 28 catches and 433 yards receiving, with 6 of those catches being TDs! He even has 92 rushing at over 6 yards per carry. He's looking like one of the top receivers in the nation already, and if he keeps his pace up, he's sure to break records at Clemson.
What could have been: Well it seems like Denard could definitely have used a player like Watkins in the passing game this year. Remember all those deep overthrown passes Denard has made? Well Watkins would have had the speed to catch them! He can stretch the defense, and can also be useful in yards after the catch. UM needs a stud receiver, and they almost had one in Watkins...
Sidenote: I promised I'd help advertise the MGoAuction, which is a fund raiser to benefit several undergraduate scholarships at the University of Michigan by auctioning off a bunch of Michigan memorabilia, experiences and tickets. It's for a good cause, so why not check it out here.