Michigan Football: Realistic Expectations for Top '13 Recruits and Prospects

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IIJanuary 22, 2013

Shane Morris certainly has Michigan fans thrilled about the Wolverines' future. (Photo via Hoke's Mad Magicians)
Shane Morris certainly has Michigan fans thrilled about the Wolverines' future. (Photo via Hoke's Mad Magicians)

Big-time recruits get college football fanbases wound up to no end. 

And if you're a Michigan Wolverines fan, that excitement is warranted. 

Shane Morris, a 5-star prospect, is already committed to the program. Derrick Green, another 5-star, is set to announce his decision at 4 p.m., Jan. 26—he's considered a Michigan-lean by most. 

Logan Tuley-Tillman and Kyle Bosch, both 4-stars, could potentially add strength, size and depth to Michigan's under-construction offensive line. 

The possibilities—or so they seem—are endless. 

With the No. 1-ranked 2013 recruiting class (according to Scout.com), what's not to like about the incoming crop of future Maize and Blue stars? 

The answer?

Not much—there is too much talent on its way to Ann Arbor to harbor anything but feelings of optimism. 

But which ones will make an immediate impact? Obviously, there will be a portion of the class that gets redshirted and held from action for, at the very least, a year before taking the field for coach Brady Hoke. 


Shane Morris


Will Morris be redshirted, or will he thrust himself to the top of the depth chart, leapfrogging redshirt junior Devin Garnder to take command of Michigan's Denard Robinson-less offense? 

It's possible, but not likely

The Warren De La Salle sensation certainly has a lot to work on before saddling up and taking over quarterback duties. The 6'3", 183-pound lefty is mobile. He's crafty. He's quick. He can throw on the move.

But he's not ready...yet. 

Expectations: Wait until the fall of 2014 before letting Morris Fever take you on a wild ride. 


Derrick Green


Move over Fitz Toussaint and Thomas Rawls—if Green commits Saturday to Michigan, the No. 1 running back job is his. The 6'0", 220-pound Hermitage High (Va.) prospect is the real deal. 

Tennessee and Auburn fans fawn over Green just as much if not more than Wolverines fans. He's a once-a-few-years back, and if Michigan gains his commitment, Big Ten linebackers are in for it. 

Expectations: If you feel that Green will be the machine he's billed to be, you are correct. No redshirt here; Green is Division-I ready. 


Kyle Bosch


The 6'5", 311-pound St. Francis (Ill.) 4-star has the physical tools to play tackle at the Division I level. That's probably why Michigan recruited him. 

And that's probably why he received several offers from Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC schools. 

The offensive line is rebuilding. With Taylor Lewan staying put for his senior year, the Wolverines have a leader that can help groom the youngsters. If he's sharp, Bosch will pay close attention to the way Lewan operates. 

Depending upon how the line is shuffled, Michigan could be set this fall, rendering the need for true freshmen to be...well, not needed. 

Expectations: Bosch is interesting. His size is difficult to deny, so there is a chance that he could immediately contribute. But don't hold your breath. 

Remember, Michigan had a decent group of newcomers via the 2012 class. Hoke is sculpting what looks to be an SEC-like offensive and defensive line. That's great news for Wolverines fans, but it's also a sign for recruits: No job will be given in Ann Arbor, regardless of rating. 


Dymonte Thomas


Safety is an unsafe position right now. Michigan's secondary needs help. Thomas, a 4-star recruit, could be the missing link, along with fellow incoming defensive backs Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill.

The 6'2", 192-pound Marlington (Ohio) all-star has 4.49-second, 40-yard dash speed. He's what the doctor ordered.

Expectations: Thomas could compete for a starting job since senior Jordan Kovacs has completed his term in Ann Arbor. Jarrod Wilson and Marvin Robinson will surely be in the mix, too. 


Logan Tuley-Tillman


Like Bosch, Tuley-Tillman appears to be ready for Division-I play, judging by size alone. At 6'7" and 305 pounds, the Manual High (Ill.) December grad has a shot to crack the ailing O-line's rotation. 

As mentioned above, the competition on the offensive line should be stout. It is one of the main issues to address in the offseason, so it's safe to say that coach Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges will spend countless hours mulling over personnel options. 

Not a bad problem to have, not by any stretch. 

Expectations: Put him in the same category as Bosch. It's hard to say at this point, but Tuley-Tillman, a 4-star, could turn heads this fall. The fact that he graduated high school early certainly suggests that he's focused on nothing but his freshman year at Michigan, and focused on earning a starting role. 


Helpful information

Michigan's depth chart (via Rivals.com)

Michigan's 2013 class (via Rivals.com)


Note: There are other position battles to pay attention to, other player-on-player duels of will to gauge and further assess. With that being said, let's save looks at guys like linebacker Mike McCray and others for a future post.

It's a long offseason, and there is certainly a lot to cover. 

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


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