Michigan Football Recruiting: 5 Recruits Wolverines Must Have on Their Radar
The road to recovery took a turn in the right direction for the Michigan Wolverines last season.
After a much-improved 11-2 record, second place in the Legends Division in the Big Ten and a Sugar Bowl championship win against Virginia Tech, head coach Brady Hoke has plenty of reasons to smile for the future of Michigan.
Michigan must follow up its successful 2011-12 season with another positive step forward. It's not going to be an easy road for the Wolverines but they must continue to improve to return to their winning ways.
The roster has improved since Hoke took over last year, but Michigan definitely needs more pieces added to the puzzle.
Hoke has had a successful history as a recruiter, and that trend will have to continue. Here are five recruits Michigan must have on its radar for 2013.
1. Marquez North
Position: Wide Receiver
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Size: 6'3'', 210 lbs
Michigan's offense continues to improve, but it needs more weapons to make plays and stretch the field. The Wolverine receivers aren't very reliable and could use an upgrade at the position.
Marquez North is a big-bodied, physical receiver with game-breaking talent. He's got good hands and is fast enough to get behind the secondary. This offense can use all the help possible at the skill positions, and North would surely be a great addition for this team.
2. Laremy Tunsil
Location: Lake City, Florida
Size: 6'6'', 275 lbs
Denard Robinson has taken far too many shots while running, and seems to limp off the field at least once every game. If Michigan continues to play its run-heavy spread offense, its protection upfront will have to be as strong as possible.
Laremy Tunsil has Michigan high on his list of options, according to the Michigan Football Recruiting blog, and Brady Hoke should do whatever possible to land the nation's top offensive lineman. He's a bit slim at 270 pounds, but as he continues to get bigger and with his mobility, he fits perfectly in Michigan's offensive system.
3. Kendall Fuller
Location: Olney, Maryland
Size: 6'0'', 185 lbs
Across from J.T. Floyd, Michigan is very slim in the secondary. Kendall Fuller has drawn a Charles Woodson comparison on rivals.com, which should be more than thrilling for Michigan fans.
The 5-Star recruit out of Maryland is very instinctive, a great open-field tackler and has the potential to make an impact right away. Michigan must keep Fuller in its sights for 2013.
4. Michael Hill
Location: Pendelton, South Carolina
Size: 6'3'', 315 lbs
After losing Mike Martin and Will Heininger to graduation, Michigan must load up on the defensive front. Defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins signed his letter of intent in February, but the line could use more help up front.
Michael Hill is a disruptive force in the middle, and could cause many problems for Big Ten opponents. At 6'3'', 315 lbs, Hill was unblockable in high school and will only get better at the next level. Michigan could use Hill as a building block of this defense.
5. Joey Bosa
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Size: 6'5'', 260 lbs
Ryan Van Bergen will definitely be missed on Michigan's defensive line next season. Brady Hoke will be in search of an edge-rusher to fill his void, and Joey Bosa could be that answer.
Bosa is a 4-Star recruit, and has a high ceiling of potential in college. He's already got the physical tools at 6'5'', 260 lbs, and creates havoc in the backfield for opposing offenses. Bosa is relentless and plays with a high motor. Michigan needs a player like Bosa to upgrade its defensive line.