Michigan Football: 5 Wolverines 2013 Recruits Who Could Start on O- and D-Line

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IIMarch 8, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 20:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 12-10. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Michigan Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has done it.

Since taking over the Michigan football program two years ago, Hoke has landed prime-time recruits and put together groups of players that other coaches have no other choice but to envy. 

Obviously, expectations for Hoke's newcomers are sky-high from the program itself and the Wolverines fanbase. 

There's no doubt that the best-of-the-best soon-to-be freshmen feel pressure too. 

When looking closely at a list of Michigan's 2013 class, there are a few names that stand out from the rest. 

Furthermore, there are important positions in the lineup that could see a new face next fall. There is a real possibility that one of those new faces could be a first-year kid. 

Paying close attention to needs, openings and potential shuffles, the following freshmen could see early action on the offensive and defensive lines—and often, at that. 

Michigan's 2013 class (via TheWolverine.com).


Henry Poggi, DT (Gilman School, Baltimore)

Poggi impressed at least one coach during the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game, and that was Warren De La Salle's Paul Verska, coach of Michigan-commit Shane Morris. 

Verska, who assisted linemen during the All-America Game, said the following about Poggi to TheWolverine.com:

He sort of reminded me of Mike Martin. I coached against him in high school, and he was a tough, physical, hard-nosed player. And that's the same thing I got out of Henry. He wanted to work as hard as possible, never complained and hustled every time. He did an outstanding job.

Poggi is listed at 6'4" and 260 pounds; maybe a little light for the time being, but the incoming freshman could fill in at defensive tackle now that Will Campbell is finished.

The tackle spot is deep for the Wolverines, who have Jibreel Black and Ondre Pipkins coming back next season—and that's on top of an incoming class that includes Taco Charlton, a 4-star end that could play tackle and 3-star commit Maurice Hurst, who outweighs Poggi by 45 pounds. 

Depending on package and personnel, Poggi could have an early shot to prove himself. Of course, camp performances will have a say too. 


Taco Charlton, DE (Pickerington Central, Ohio)

The 6'6", 249-pound 4-star might be an ideal candidate to replace senior Craig Roh, who had a fruitful career with the Wolverines. As mentioned above, Jibreel Black is coming back—he played end in the 4-3 defense at times this season, and he may be part of Greg Mattison's four-man front next year. 

However, Charlton has a distinct height and reach advantage over Black, perhaps making for an interesting competition in the offseason. 


Chris Fox, OL (Parker Ponderosa, Colo.)

Is the 6'6", 297-pound incoming frosh the real deal? He surely has a strong track record to back up that claim, with his latest achievement being his participation in the 2013 Army All-American game. 

Fox could be in the mix for a starting tackle spot. The 4-star-rated recruit is the 123rd-ranked overall prospect of the 2013 class. 


David Dawson, OL (Cass Tech, Detroit) or Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria Manual, Ill.)

Both are 4-star rated offensive linemen with potential for multiple roles up front. However, Michigan already has Kyle Kalis and the Eriks, Magnuson and Gunderson, who could take over the roles of departing seniors Ricky Barnum and Patrick Omameh. 

And if junior Taylor Lewan leaves, there will most definitely be a shake-up among the group. 

The offensive line was one of Michigan's weaknesses in 2012. Strengthening it will be offensive coordinator Al Borges and coach Brady Hoke's job before kickoff 2013.

Dawson is listed at 6'4" and 282 pounds. Tuley-Tillman is listed at 6'7" and 307 pounds. Outside position on the line for Dawson and inside for Tuley-Tillman.

It only makes sense to think that they'll push for a starting job. 

Predicting when, where and how much a recruit will play is almost solely based on speculation. Tackles are turned into ends, ends into linebackers. It's a constant metamorphosis, especially when it comes to constructing offensive and defensive lines. 

The aforementioned five could very well start. Based on their size, strength, rating and potential paired with hype, forecasting early success for guys like Taco Charlton isn't an exact science—of course he's going to excel at Michigan. 

In particular, the offensive line will require a massive face lift. The defensive line has existing pieces to work with, but the offensive line could lose Taylor Lewan, one of the most NFL-ready juniors Michigan has had in some time. 

That subtraction wouldn't only take away experience, but it would essentially erase the entire left side of the offensive line and drain the group of valuable leadership. 


Adam Biggers plans to further break down the 2013 recruiting class by position/group both prior to and after national signing day, Feb. 6. Be sure to visit his Bleacher Report profile for the latest on Wolverines football.

Follow Bleacher Report's Michigan Wolverines football writer Adam Biggers on Twitter @AdamBiggers81


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