Michigan football hasn't gone according to plan this 2012 season, but the Wolverines have a great 2013 recruiting class in the works. I rank the class all the way up at No. 2 on my board. There is some serious talent headed to Ann Arbor.
It was a bit tough, but I think I have a solid order of who are Wolverines' top 10 commitments for their 2013 recruiting class. These are 10 fantastic recruits who will get Michigan back to national esteem in the college football world.
Let's see who they are.
Fox is a 6'5", 295-pound offensive trench player from Colorado. His toughness and demeanor lead me to believe that he could be a solid RT for the Wolverines.
Fox has solid snap quickness and plays big at the point of attack. He shows quick hands to stand his targets, latch onto them and sustain drive blocks to open holes. He is an effective pass protector that has solid mirror skills and works best when he is engaged.
Charlton is out of Ohio and has great size at 6'6" and 250 pounds. The long and talented defensive end shows solid strength to set the edge as a run defender.
Charlton can stack a block, read a play and anchor vs. tackles and tight ends to stall. He shows solid snap quickness, uses his length to stay clean as he rushes and has good play speed.
This huge-bodied man with graceful athleticism stands 6'7" and weighs 314 pounds. Tulley-Tillman has "dancing bear" potential as a tackle and could be a future LT.
He can mix his sets, use quickness to mirror and adjust to rushers in space and has the athleticism to slide to cutoff inside moves. Tulley-Tillman is productive in space and has get up to the second level as a run-blocker.
Lewis is from Michigan and is a 5'10", 160-pound corner that fits best in a zone or off-man scheme. He is better at reading and reacting to plays due to his route recognition skills and quick break on the ball.
With his loose hips and transition quickness, Lewis is great to drive and close down on the ball in short areas. He is very confident in his abilities and will not back down from bigger receivers.
Thomas likely will play safety for Greg Mattison in Ann Arbor and I expect the talented baller to be used the same way Ed Reed was by Mattison when he was with the Ravens.
At 6'0" and 185 pounds Thomas is a fantastic athlete. He is very versatile and has natural instincts on the field. Free safety could be his best position as his speed, range and ball skills should make him a top-tier Big Ten DB.
McCray is from Ohio and stands 6'3", 225 pounds. With his great size, he is actually better at defending the pass than he is the run.
McCray can flip his hips and buzz all over the field quickly in his drops into coverage. He can shuffle and come out of transition to jump passing lanes for interceptions. He will attack the line of scrimmage as a run defender and has come thumping ability.
Dawson is staying close to home by heading to Michigan, where I expect big things from the 6'4", 285-pound OG prospect.
He can explode off the ball with great leverage to roll up on a target. His punch has power at the point of attack and Dawson likes to get physical with anyone he comes across.
Dawson shows good set quickness as a pass protector and displays the needed athleticism as well as anchor strength to hold his own in a phone booth.
Kugler is from Pennsylvania and is the son of Sean Kugler, the Pittsburgh Steelers' OL coach. At 6'4", the 275-pound Kugler has excellent strength and technique.
Playing tackle now, look for Kugler to slide inside to OG for Big Blue. There, his sound play, tenacity, power and toughness should make him a great blocker in the Big Ten.
The more and more I watch Conley play, the more he grows on me. I really like his size at 6'1", 165 pounds. He looks to have good length to his arms, which allows him to be effective when he presses receivers at the line.
An incredible athlete, Conley has great speed to recover and carry receivers downfield. He is also very aware in zone coverage and has the ball skills of a wideout.
The class headliner of the 2013 Michigan Wolverines football recruiting class is none other than Shane Morris. A 6'3", the 190-pound, left-handed QB is among the very best signal-callers in the country.
A charismatic leader, Morris has quick feet in his drops and can set up to fire the football downfield with ease at anytime. He has a very strong arm and also has some gunslinger in him.
Morris is a good athlete and can escape the rush in the pocket and make good throws on the run. His accuracy is improving and he could start as a true freshman next year.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.