Michigan Football Recruiting: How Wolverines Improved Their Offense

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 25, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17:  Head coach Brady Hoke looks on from the sideline while playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 42-17. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Michigan Wolverines are moving into a new era on the offensive side of the ball now that Denard Robinson is no longer with the team. This year's recruiting class has made for some exciting new additions to the Wolverines offense.

Granted, a few of the offensive enrollees (per 247Sports.com) are linemen—which isn't always the sexiest position to discuss—but they will help ensure that Michigan's future quarterbacks are well protected.

On top of that, the Wolverines will be adding a talented tight end to the mix, giving them another option to work with on the offensive end.

Let's meet these new enrollees and break down how they will help Michigan in the years to come.


Jake Butt, TE

The Wolverines were looking for a talented athlete they could use at the tight end spot, and Butt may be just what the doctor ordered.

For starters, Butt is a great athlete with the ability to play on both sides of the ball. However, Michigan will likely use him as a tight end at this level, hoping he can make plays and create them with his blocking.

While Butt is tall (6'6''), he does have some work to do in order to fill out his frame (230 lbs), but that shouldn't be an issue at all. Besides that, his tall frame will make him a huge threat in the red zone, and he has good enough hands to be a reliable receiver on third downs.

With average speed and good footwork, Butt has the goods to create space from opposing defenders, though you won't see him break many big plays down the field. Michigan will look to use him as a blocker more often than not, and that is another area that Butt must work on to improve.


Logan Tuley-Tillman, OT

Without needing a stitch of work, Tuley-Tillman is already a massive specimen (6'7'' and 300 lbs) and has the ability to make a major impact right away. The scary thing is, Tuley-Tillman has room to get even bigger than he is now.

Tuley-Tillman's specialty is run-blocking, and he possesses great speed and athleticism that allows him to make things happen both inside and out. His ability to explode at the snap of the ball ensures he will be pushing opposing defensive linemen around at the collegiate level.

As far as pass protection is concerned, the jury is still out on Tuley-Tillman's ability there. However, it should be said that the qualities mentioned above should lead to this young man being a fine pass-blocker for the Wolverines.


Kyle Bosch, OG

Bosch is another offensive lineman with great size (6'5'' and 305 lbs) and could potentially get even bigger once he hits the weight room a bit more.

His strength is the most impressive thing about this lineman, as he has the ability to keep defenders at bay with ease, which will no doubt make him a successful pass-blocker. However he will need some work if he wants to drive those same defenders backwards.

Bosch does have a quick first step that will help him explode off the line, and he has good footwork that should help him pull effectively when the situation calls for it.

Bosch isn't a stud just yet and may need a few years before he can really contribute to the Wolverines, but with a little work and some patience, he could make a major impact at the collegiate level.