Michigan Football: 2013 Recruiting Class Is Foundation for Dominance

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMay 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines applauds his teams play against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Michigan is absolutely killing it on the 2013 recruiting trail. They have been landing verbal commitments from one blue chipper after another. This points to a bright future for Wolverines football. 

I'll admit, the moment that Urban Meyer signed on with Ohio State, I assumed that every other Big Ten school would be battling for his leftovers when it came to recruiting, but Michigan is shooting down that theory. 

Let's check in with how the players they are lining. 

It is important to remember, that these are just verbal commitments, and it should be expected that some of the teenagers will change their mind a time or five before signing their letter of intents. 

Michigan currently has verbals from 18  4 or 5-star recruits, according to Scout.com. Three are elite 5-star recruits and 13 of them are 4-star recruits. 

That right there is in an impressive haul, and it does not even tell the full-depth of the story. 

One of the 5-star recruits is QB Shane Morris. Scout has him ranked as the No. 3 QB in the nation. He will provide Michigan a chance to get back to a pro style offense. He is a tall, big armed QB. 

He is also going to have a 5-star guard to help block for him. That's not all the protection that is scheduled to be going with him either. They have three 4-star tackles and two more 4-star guards. 

That is six offensive lineman that are at least four stars. That is a solid foundation right there. And they won't just be protecting for passing either. These guys are going to be opening up holes for the 4-star RB Derrick Green—not too mention the 4-star back Dennis Norfleet, who they brought in this year's recruiting class.

This class is not as loaded on defense, yet, but they already had some young talent on D, and brought in more with this year's recruiting class. This is a school with a plan, and the pieces are falling right into place.