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Michigan Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 29, 2012

Michigan Football Recruiting: Updates on 2013 Commits and Targets

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    Brady Hoke has done an excellent job of turning the Michigan football program around and restoring it within the Big Ten, and much of that has to do with his abilities as a recruiter.

    Say what you will about Hoke's "Michigan Man" approach to recruiting, but there's no doubting that it's highly effective. He's created an excitement and buzz about Michigan football, and it's not as if the program needed much help with that anyhow.

    Michigan is a top recruiting draw, and all Hoke did was remind elite recruits of that fact.

    If you're a fan of Michigan football or even just college football recruiting in general, consider this to be your "one stop shop" for Michigan recruiting.

    You'll find all the news, analysis and updates on commitments and targets that you'll ever need, right here.

    Note: All 2012 stats via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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    Update: 3-star cornerback Reon Dawson commits to Michigan on 1/14/13

    Update: 3-star offensive guard Dan Samuelson commits to Michigan on 1/11/13

    Update: Leon McQuay III snubs Michigan and commits to USC on 1/4/13

    Update: The race for 5-star running back Derrick Green is apparently heating up. Green has been considered a main target for Michigan for while now, and the Wolverines appeared to be in good standing with him, especially after he said they had the edge for his commitment.

    While Michigan should still be feeling good about its chances, Miami has emerged as a real contender for the 5-star running back, according to Matt Shodell of CainSport.com

    Richmond (VA) Hermitage High School's Derrick Green is the nation's top-ranked running back.

    And he says "I am definitely considering Miami."

    Green goes on to say that he will take a visit to Miami, per Schodell's report.—End of Update 12/28/12


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    Already Committed

    Shane Morris, 5-star pro-style QB, 6'3'', 201 lbs., 4.80 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour - 2-10 23 YDS, 0 TD, 1 INT



    Shane Morris is the quarterback of the future for the Michigan Wolverines.

    Morris has great size, a very strong arm and he's a lefty. He'll be able to make every throw the offense asks him to and he displays good technique. Morris will be able to stand in the pocket and throw strikes at the college level.

    He's a traditional pocket-passer quarterback and perfect for the pro-style offense which Hoke wants to transition to. He's the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Running Backs

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    Derrick Green, 5-star RB, 6'0'', 220 lbs., 4.4 40 (Rivals)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1 p.m. ET

    Biggest competition for commitment: Auburn, Tennessee, Miami, Oregon


    Already Committed

    DeVeon Smith, 4-star RB, 5'11', 210 lbs., (247Sports)

    Wyatt Shallman, 4-star FB, 6'3'', 245 lbs., 4.80 40 (247Sports)



    The Wolverines have two very interesting recruits committed in Smith and Shallman. Smith has good size at 210 lbs. and Shallman fits the fullback position perfectly in the pro set. That said, there's no doubt in my mind that Green is the main target for Michigan, overall.

    He has a unique blend of strength, speed, athleticism and power. He has the potential to be a superstar running back at the college level, and he'd be a huge part of the transition to the pro-style offense. Hoke needs to land his commitment.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Already Committed

    Jake Butt, 4-star TE, 6'6'', 230 lbs. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1pm ET

    Channing Stribling, 4-star ATH/WR, 6'2'', 165 lbs. 4.60 40 (247Sports)

    Csont'e York, 3-star WR, 6'3'', 190 lbs. (247Sports)

    Jaron Dukes, 3-star WR, 6'5'', 197 lbs. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 36 REC, 519 YD, 9 TD (maxpreps.com)

    Da'Mario Jones, 3-star WR, 6'2'', 195 lbs. (247Sports)

    Khalid Hill, 3-star TE, 6'2'', 235 lbs. (247Sports)


    The Wolverines have brought in a very formidable wide receiver and tight end class. If anything, they'll be adding a ton of depth at both positions, and these are all recruits that can be productive players in the Big Ten.

    Channing Stribling is a very interesting recruit who could play both ways (cornerback/wideout), but for now I'd project him as a wide receiver at only 165 lbs. Jake Butt has the intangibles to be a very good No. 2 tight end for the Wolverines.

Offensive Line

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    Already Committed

    David Dawson, 4-star OG, 6'4'', 280 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Chris Fox, 4-star OG/OT, 6'6'', 300 lbs. 5.50 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1 p.m. ET

    Logan Tuley-Tillman, 4-star OT, 6'7'', 300 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Patrick Kugler, 4-star C, 6'4'', 270 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Kyle Bosch, 4-star OG/OT, 6'5'', 305 lbs. 5.25 40 (247Sports)

    Dan Samuelson, 3-star OG, 6'5'', 290 lbs. (247Sports)



    This is arguably the best offensive line class in the country. Not only has Hoke recruited five offensive linemen, but all of them project to be very good. They all have great size for the pro-style system and as you can see, a few of them can be versatile on the line.

    David Dawson is the premier recruit here—No. 1 overall guard according to ESPN—but Tuley-Tillman has incredible measurables, and  both Fox and Kugler should be very good.

    As a whole, this group could end up being the best in college football in a few years.

Defensive Line

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    Already Committed

    Henry Poggi, 4-star DT, 6'4'', 270 lbs. 4.70 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Taco Charlton, 4-star WDE, 6'6'', 255 lbs. 4.80 40 (247Sports)

    Maurice Hurst Jr., 4-star DT, 6'2'', 290 lbs. 4.88 40 (247Sports)



    This is a very solid unit for the Wolverines, and Michigan should expect a ton of production out of these three recruits. Both Poggi and Hurst Jr. have the measurables to be solid interior defensive lineman with their combination of size and speed, and Charlton could end up being a star.

    Charlton is ranked as the No. 4 overall weak-side defensive end in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.


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    Already Committed:

    Michael McCray, 4-star ILB/ATH, 6'4'', 230 lbs. (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Ben Gedeon, 4-star ILB, 6'3'', 220 lbs. (247Sports)



    There's not a huge need at the linebacker position for the Wolverines right now, so keeping that in mind, this is a very solid group. McCray should play linebacker at the college level, but he's ranked as the No. 8 overall athlete in the 2013 class by the 247Sports composite rankings.

    If anything, that just goes to show you how talented he can be. He could be a very effective outside linebacker for for Wolverines. Gedeon, on the other hand, is the No. 9 ranked inside linebacker according to the 247Sports composite rankings, so he's a big-time commitment as well.

Defensive Backs

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    Update: Leon McQuay III committed to USC at the Under Armour game.

    Leon McQuay III, 5-star S, 6'2'', 184 lbs. 4.50 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: Under Armour 1/4 5 p.m. ET

    Biggest competition for commitment: USC, Florida State, Oregon, Vanderbilt


    Already Committed

    Dymonte Thomas, 4-star S, 6'1'', 190 lbs. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 70 TCK, 1 INT

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1 p.m. ET

    Ross Douglas, 4-star CB, 5'10'', 180 lbs. 4.50 40 (247Sports)

    Jourdan Lewis, 4-star CB 5'10'', 170 lbs. 4.40 40 (247Sports)

    All-Star Game: U.S. Army 1/5 1 p.m. ET

    Delano Hill, 4-star S, 6'1'', 200 lbs. (247Sports)

    2012 Stats: 60 TCK, 2 INT, 1 INT TD

    Reon Dawson- 3-star CB, 6'2'', 165 lbs. 4.39 40 (247Sports)



    Hoke and his staff have done a great job filling out the depth chart here with these recruits, and some of them have star potential. Thomas looks like he can be a solid safety at the college level, and both Douglas and Lewis will be serviceable corners.

    The big target for Michigan is still Leon McQuay III though, and the Wolverines do have a good shot to land him. He'd be a huge recruiting win for Michigan and he'd be a playmaker. Michigan's combination of good football and great academics (he's interested in audio production) leads me to believe that he will indeed choose the Wolverines.

Special Teams

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    Already Committed

    Scott Sypniewski, 2-star LS, 6'1'', 230 lbs. (247Sports)



    Special teams may be an afterthought to many fans, but believe you me, it's extremely important to coaches. Having solid players on special teams is oftentimes the difference between winning and losing a game, so picking up Sypniewski's commitment is very big for Michigan.

    He's ranked as the No. 4 long-snapper in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. 

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