Thirteen months after finishing 11-2 and as champions of the Sugar Bowl, Michigan is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2012 season in which the Wolverines finished 8-5 and were losers of the Outback Bowl.
But it's not all bad in Big Blue Nation. In fact, things are looking up in Ann Arbor, as the Wolverines are set to bring in one of the top recruiting classes in 2013—one that features an abundance of top-rated prospects.
Here, we'll showcase some of Michigan's top incoming studs this spring.
Derrick Green, RB
Highly touted running back recruit Derrick Green committed to Michigan last month, according to 247Sports.com. The 4-star prospect is among the top 10 high school running backs in the country this year, and looks poised to break out at the next level.
At 6-feet, 220 pounds, scouts love Green's size, strength and power.
Although he isn't the shiftiest or speediest of backs coming out of the high school ranks in 2013, Green will have lots of time to develop his vision to make up for what he lacks in those areas. Plus, who needs elusiveness when you can run through defenders?
Look for Green to become Michigan's next great power runner out of the back field.
Kyle Bosch, OT/G
A 4-star offensive lineman recruit and the fourth-best prospect in the state of Illinois according to 247Sports.com, future Michigan star Kyle Bosch is already enrolled at the university.
Bosch measures in at around 6'5", 305 pounds, but he's not just another massive body to get in the way. He's an aggressive young player who possess the footwork required to become a great college lineman. Once Bosch starts spending significant time in the Wolverines' weight room, the sky will be the limit for him.
He's solid as a pass-protector on the outside edge, and can also lead the way as a run-blocker.
Shane Morris, QB
The man Kyle Bosch will one day be protecting is quarterback Shane Morris, who wasted little time making his college decision. The 4-star recruit committed to Michigan way back in May of 2011, according to 247Sports.com.
Morris is a 6'3", 200-pound, pro-style quarterback who prefers to operate from the pocket with his strong arm. A Michigan native, Morris played his high school football at De La Salle Collegiate.
With the Denard Robinson era coming to a lackluster end in Michigan, Wolverines fans will no doubt welcome Morris' prototypical style with open arms this spring. Morris can escape from the pocket if need be, but he isn't a runner. Still, as far as field generals are concerned, Morris is among the best entering college football this year.
As both a leader and a confident playmaker, there's no denying that Morris has what it takes to lead Michigan back to a BCS bowl game one day.
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