Michigan Football Recruiting: Power Ranking Wolverines' 2013 Early Enrollees
Michigan has been reeling in top-level talent this year landing the No. 5 class in the country so far according to the 247Sports.com Composite Ranking. Of the 26 commits, six are already on campus enrolled and ready for spring football.
This is a look at the six early enrollees from Michigan and how they stack up against one another.
Early enrollment has become a norm with recruiting as getting talent on campus early has helped bring freshmen onto the playing field earlier than ever before. These six players will be available to help usher in a winning 2013 season in Ann Arbor.
No. 6: Ross Douglas, Cornerback, 5’10”, 180 lbs.
Ross Douglas is a cornerback that is bringing great man-coverage skills to the Michigan defense.
He will walk into a secondary that will need some shoring-up, but there is enough talent already on campus that he will not be asked to do too much right away.
Douglas is a solid player that will be a great contributor to the Wolverines program in the future, but he will not play early for Michigan. Early enrollment will be helpful, but it likely won’t help him hit the field in 2013.
According to the 247Sports.com Composite Ranking has Douglas as the No. 28 corner in the country and the No. 370 player overall.
No. 5: Jake Butt, Tight End, 6’6”, 230 Lbs.
Jake Butt is one of the better tight ends in the country heading into this year and gives the Wolverines a major leg up with his early enrollment. There is talent already in Michigan that can play, but Butt is an instant impact guy at the position.
If Butt has a solid spring, he will be able to crack the lineup.
There is a need for a quick pass option in the Michigan offense, and this player will be able to help complete the transition of Devin Gardner as the starting quarterback for the Wolverines.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Butt is the No. 6 tight end and the No. 172 overall player in the country.
No. 4: Taco Charlton, Defensive End, 6’6”, 255 lbs.
Taco Charlton is one of the top-rated defensive ends in the country. He has a shot at becoming an early impact type guy with the depth chart that sits ahead of him at Michigan.
He has the ideal size for the end position in the Wolverines offense, and he has explosive hands that help clear him from opposing offensive tackles.
There is a big need for the Wolverines to bring in players that can battle the hard-nosed running game and explosive passing offenses that float around the Big Ten. Charlton is that guy.
According to the 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Charlton is the No. 3 defensive end and the No. 133 overall player in the country.
No. 3: Kyle Bosch, Offensive Guard, 6’5”, 305 lbs.
Kyle Bosch is one of the best offensive guards in the 2013 class and will walk into a great situation at Michigan. The Wolverines lose both starting offensive guards and will be looking for a player to step up.
Enrolling in spring will help Bosch get a leg up in the race, and possibly see the field early for the Wolverines.
A redshirt may happen for Bosch as linemen are tough to predict, but he will step into Ann Arbor ready to play, and by August may have a starting position along the Michigan offensive line.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Bosch is the No. 3 offensive guard and the No. 87 overall player in the country for 2013.
No. 2: Dymonte Thomas, Safety, 6’1”, 190 lbs.
Dymonte Thomas is coming to Michigan as a two-position star. He has the ability to play running back or safety at the next level.
His most natural position appears to be safety, and that will be a position that he could walk in and play almost immediately. There is a drop in talent at one of the safety slots for Michigan, and an immediate need is there.
Having a talent like Thomas enroll early is huge, both for the Wolverines and Thomas. Look for him to get looks early this year, and possibly take the field in the first game as a reserve at safety.
According to the 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Thomas is the No. 9 safety and the No. 70 overall player in the country.
No. 1: Logan Tuley-Tillman, Offensive Tackle, 6’7”, 300 lbs.
Logan Tuley-Tillman is one of the top offensive linemen in the 2013 class. Although the Michigan offensive line is settled at tackle heading into the new year, Tuley-Tillman will gain a lot in 2013.
Tuley-Tillman has all the tools to be one of the best offensive tackles to play in the Big Ten over the next four years. The Wolverines need to shore up the lineup at the position and they have done it here.
Enrolling in spring will give him the chance to study under two of the best tackles in the game heading into 2013, adding much needed experience to his game heading into the fall.
According to the 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Tuley-Tillman is the No. 12 offensive tackle and the No. 168 overall player in the country.
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