Michigan Football Recruiting: In-State Dominance Key to Wolverines' Solid Class

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 10, 2013

Shane Morris - image from 24/7 Sports
Shane Morris - image from 24/7 Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have really recruited well inside the great state of Michigan. A good number of the recruiting class that ESPN currently lists as the sixth-best in the nation are in-state products.

Of the 24 prospects committed to Big Blue, eight of them hail from Michigan. That number includes the top three prospects in the class.

Here's a look at the top homegrown talent Wolverines nation will be cheering for over the next three or four years.


QB Shane Morris, 6'3" 190 lbs, from De La Salle Collegiate High in Warren, Mich.

Morris is regarded as the fourth-best quarterback in the 2013 class, but he has the physical tools to be a special player for the Wolverines.

He comes to Ann Arbor with no height deficiencies to work through, and he's regarded as a pro-style pocket passer. However, that doesn't mean he isn't a good athlete.

He has more mobility than one might generally associate with the term pocket passer. An ESPN recruiting analyst said this of him:

He possesses terrific feet, pocket movement, awareness and can buy time with good overall athleticism for the position. He is a tough runner and will lower his shoulder as a ball carrier.

Don't expect him to run around like Denard Robinson, but Morris is athletic enough to keep teams honest. He could be ready to take the reins from Devin Gardner after the 2013 season.

Check out the analysis of Morris in this video:


OG David Dawson, 6'4" 282 lbs, from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.

The Wolverines have received commitments from five offensive linemen ranked in the ESPN 150. That is a good step towards establishing a long and successful run of quality guys in the trenches.

None of the five are better prospects than Dawson. 

He plays tackle in high school, but he projects as a guard in college. He doesn't possess the type of athleticism that turns heads like the Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Peters—when he's healthy—but Dawson has the nasty streak required to be an effective big ugly.

He is a good all-around prospect that may grow into a solid tackle, or an even better guard. Here's a look at Dawson in action, he's No. 71.


CB Jourdan Lewis, 5'10" 159 lbs, from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich.

Lewis played corner and receiver on the same team as Dawson, but he'll probably be a corner for Michigan.

He has excellent agility and solid speed. Those abilities should also make him a dangerous return man for the Wolverines.

Lewis definitely needs to add some bulk, though. Ideally, he should add about 15 to 20 pounds of muscle, but this isn't all that rare for a kid in his position.

Once he fills out, Lewis could be a top-notch cover corner in the Big Ten.

Take a look at him in action at Midwest Elite 7-on-7 drills.


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