Michigan Football: Which of Wolverines' Early Enrollees Will Play as Freshmen?
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When classes resume next semester, the Michigan Wolverines will welcome six highly-touted prospects to campus for early enrollment, but which of the incoming class of 2013 recruits has the best chance to log significant minutes as a true freshman?
The Wolverines are still trying to revamp the tight end position, which former head coach Rich Rodriguez never made a priority during his time in Ann Arbor, Mich. so look for Jake Butt (Pickerington, Ohio) to get quality playing time along with defensive end Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio), who has a chance to replace outgoing senior Craig Roh.
The four other early enrollees, 4-star offensive tackles Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill.), Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill.), cornerback Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio) and safety Dymonte Thomas (Alliance, Ohio) will all be major contributors down the road for the Maize and Blue.
Michigan already has plenty of depth at cornerback, safety and has redshirt freshmen Ben Braden and Erik Magnuson ready to take over the potentially vacant tackle positions along the offensive line.
Although true freshman tight end Devin Funchess became one of Michigan's top pass-catchers in 2012, and A.J. Williams proved to be a serviceable blocker, the Wolverines have to replace Brandon Moore and Mike Kwiatkowski.
Butt is quick off the line of scrimmage, blocks well and has great hands, which makes him a no-brainer to play right away for Michigan.
Khalid Hill (Detroit, Mich.) will give Butt some competition once he arrives in the summer, but with the experience, the Pickerington North High School product will be ahead of his future teammate in every way, shape and form by the time fall camp begins.
Additionally, at 6'6", 235 pounds, Butt has the necessary build to play as a true freshman, and an extra semester in a college weight program will help the nation's No. 141 overall prospect get on the field early.
Speaking of size, Charlton brings plenty of it to Michigan's defensive line at 6'6", 249 pounds.
One of the biggest knocks on Charlton coming out of high school is that he doesn't have sound enough technique to out-perform veteran offensive linemen. All of that will change once Charlton enrolls early.
The Michigan coaches will be able to help Charlton develop quickly and turn him into a legitimate defensive end rather than an outstanding athlete that overpowers weaker players at the high school level.
Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison loves rotating his linemen and with only Keith Heitzman remaining on the two-deep after Roh graduates this spring, Charlton's decision to enroll early will give him the inside track to make an impact in his first year with the Wolverines.
The 16 other recruits verbally committed to Michigan will arrive in the summer of 2013.
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