Michigan Football Recruiting: Wolverines Close to Creating 'Dream' Backfield

Joel GreerCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2012

Former Michigan running back Brandon Minor (photo: Scott Stuart, Creative Commons)
Former Michigan running back Brandon Minor (photo: Scott Stuart, Creative Commons)

For those frustrated with Michigan's read-option offense, the transition to a pro-style attack couldn't come fast enough.

Rest assured, the new offense will be installed by next spring.  The players expected to run it will arrive no later than next fall. It may take a few seasons, but don't be surprised if Michigan boasts an All-American backfield.

The Wolverines will showcase a drop-back passer with a strong and accurate arm, a tough blocking fullback who can actually carry the ball and a tailback who can effectively run between the tackles. He must also be an excellent blocker, an excellent outside runner and a capable pass receiver.

Michigan is expected to have all three positions covered when the 2013 recruiting class arrives next year.  Quarterback Shane Morris, fullback Wyatt Shallman and tailback De'Veon Smith will be household names before long.

If these outstanding preps are not enough to whet your appetite, Michigan just might land another marquee back before National Signing Day.

Derrick Green, a combination of speed and power, is scheduled to be among several visitors to The Big House when Michigan meets Michigan State October 20.

A speedster from Hermitage (Richmond, Va.), the 5'11", 220-pounder hails from the same conference which sent power back Brandon Minor to the Wolverines.

The success of the new offense, of course, begins with the quarterback. With either Russell Bellomy or Devin Gardner expected to win the starting job next fall, look for Morris to take a redshirt season before battling for the job in 2014.


Morris, however, might miss the remainder of the high school football season due to being diagnosed with mononucleosis, The Detroit News reported.

A classic drop-back passer, the 6'3", 200-pounder from Warren De La Salle is currently rated No. 3 in the nation by Scout.com. He became the first commit of the 2013 class back in May 2011.

Shallman, at 6'3" and 245 pounds, has stood out this year playing running back for Detroit Catholic Central. And when he arrives in Ann Arbor next year, he expects to carry the ball for the Wolverines, too. 

"People think you have to look a certain way, but I'm prepared to show people that you don't have to look a certain way or you don't have to run a 4.3," Shallman told Scout.com  "We're going to go out there, hit people and score touchdowns."

Smith, at 5'11", 215 pounds, appears to be a solid power runner, but has begun to show more. “I did a little bit of speed training,” Smith told GoBlueWolverine. “I am a power back but I like to surprise people with my speed. It’s a little secret I have.”

The No. 1 rated running back in Ohio, Smith is also a solid pass receiver out of the backfield. Like Green, Smith plans on attending the Michigan-Michigan State game.