Michigan Football: Meet the Wolverines' 6 Early Enrollees
As is the case seemingly every year, we see a number of freshmen enroll early for the winter semester at their respective school to get a head start on their college career.
Last year Michigan had three early enrollees: Joe Bolden, Kaleb Ringer and Jarrod Wilson. This year the Wolverines have an unusually high number with six.
Enrolling early allows a freshman to get accustomed with the school's surroundings and also allows them to participate in spring practice. This gives the player a huge advantage once the actual season rolls around in the fall, as they now have a leg up on the rest of their fellow freshmen.
Here's a look at the six freshmen that are already part of the Michigan family, as they are currently attending classes and living on campus.
This mammoth offensive linemen from Peoria, Illinois, has an offer list that is second to none. Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and USC all offered this kid, but he chose to stay home and play college ball in the Midwest at Michigan.
Tuley-Tillman stands 6'7" and weighs 307 pounds. With that being said, it is widely agreed upon that he is extremely raw and it will take some time until he is realistically ready to compete.
Even with Michigan's poor offensive line situation, expect Tuley-Tillman to redshirt.
He is perhaps best known for burning his scholarship offer from Ohio State and posting a picture of it on Twitter. While some people found it "offensive" and "irresponsible," I, on the other hand, couldn't be any prouder of this young man.
Ross Douglas' recruitment story sure is an interesting one. He was a long-time Penn State commit, but wound up switching his pledge to Michigan in late July.
Douglas is just one of many cornerbacks Michigan has in this class. He just adds to the great young talent the Wolverines are stockpiling at the position.
Whether it was Terry Richardson in last year's class or Douglas and Jourdan Lewis in this year's, Michigan is looking like it is in great shape at the position.
Plus, neither projected starter in Blake Countess or Ray Taylor is a senior. This allows these young corners to learn the system and be more than ready when their respective times come.
Taco Charlton is already a fan favorite because of his first name. However, he might become a national favorite in a few years with the way he plays defense.
Standing 6'6" and weighing 250 pounds, Charlton has the body type to become one of those freak athletes at defensive end that Michigan has lacked the past few years.
The defensive end play for Michigan this past year wasn't bad, but it certainly wasn't great either. The ends seldom got pressure on opposing quarterbacks and seemingly did only the bare minimum.
Heading into 2013, there really aren't any clear starters at either defensive end spot. However, there is an unbelievably high number of candidates that look to crack the rotation. What's even more unbelievable is how young most of them are.
While the talent level at defensive end is slowly getting better and better, it's simply not where it needs to be yet. This is why Charlton will have a chance to crack the rotation as a freshman. It's obviously not a sure thing, but it wouldn't be a surprise either.
Jake Butt is also becoming a fan favorite because of his name. He, too, should capture national audiences someday with his play.
Even though Michigan has two solid young tight ends, Butt should still see time as a freshman. The fact that he is the complete package, standing 6'6", will cause him not to redshirt.
You could make the case that Michigan is currently lacking a do-it-all tight end. For example, Devin Funchess specializes in the passing game, but isn't much of a blocker.
A.J. Williams is the complete opposite, as he is a good blocker but absolutely no threat in the passing game.
Butt, on the other hand, should be able to come in and do both of these things from the get-go.
Expect to see plenty of two and sometimes even three tight end sets from Michigan's offense this fall.
Michigan has arguably the best collection of offensive linemen of any team in this 2013 class, and you could make the case that Kyle Bosch is the best of the bunch.
If any of the freshmen linemen are going to see action this fall, it'll likely be Bosch and/or Patrick Kugler. Bosch's presence in spring practice will obviously help him out a lot, so don't be too surprised if he does wind up seeing time.
He stands 6'5" and weighs 311 pounds, and he has a nasty streak to him. He almost sounds like a smaller Taylor Lewan.
Take a look at some of the the schools that offered Bosch: Alabama, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford and Tennessee, just to name a few.
Like Tuley-Tillman, Bosch is an Illinois native; it's great to see him make the smart choice and stay home to play ball in the Midwest.
All of the players on this list are good; in fact, they're all very good, proven by any recruiting site's ranking of them. However, Dymonte Thomas is special.
He was one of the first recruits of this 2013 class, committing all the way back in September 2011. One of the real gems from the state of Ohio, Michigan was smart to lock this young man up early.
He's listed as a safety, but some think he's too big to play the position and that he'll eventually transition into a linebacker. Heck, he was even a star running back in high school.
Whatever the case may be, this kid is going to be an absolute playmaker at Michigan. Regardless of where he plays on defense, he is going to make a name for himself—and fast.
Expect to see him see the field as a freshman at safety, as Michigan is a bit thin in terms of safety depth. Don't be surprised if he jumps Marvin Robinson and Josh Furman on the depth chart and moves straight into the two-deep.
Expectations are going to be very high for Thomas, and it's only a matter of time before he lives up to them.
Thomas, along with the five other early enrollees on this list, have to feel good knowing that they are now officially part of the Michigan family.