Michigan's offensive line recruits are one of the strongest groups in the nation, filled with athleticism, size and a Michigan mentality.
Hoke wanted to boost the offensive line with smart blockers that have big potential.
Hoke came through.
The Wolverines pulled in four top-10 linemen recruits at each of their respective positions, an impressive feat.
Leading the way is 5-star recruit and the No.1 rated offensive guard, Patrick Kugler.
Kugler is the intense, hard-playing lineman that Michigan's prides itself on.
He is 6'4" and 285 pounds but has great footwork and the ability to block into the second level.
ESPN.com's scouting report says, "It's not unreasonable to think he can't easily fill out into a 300-pound interior lineman. He is a physical and tenacious run blocker."
Kugler will continue to get bigger and stronger. He will improve on the line but will also be able to have an immediate impact on the team.
This kid is the future star of the Michigan offensive line.
The Wolverines also add two more top-10 offensive guard recruits in Chris Fox and David Dawson. Fox and Dawson are big inside guards who'll come in ready to play at the next level.
National recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman said about Fox on Scout.com,
He’s a guy that you can look at him and talk to him and he’s a really nice kid. But once he puts those pads on, he transforms into this angry guy. He is very nasty. He is a real physical kid.
Michigan is preaching physicality and tenacity up front, and Fox adds to that aura.
Dawson played offensive tackle in high school and will need to time to shift inside, but he is a consistent blocker who is comfortable in run blocking and pass protection.
ESPN.com's scouting report says,
He displays the tools to be a productive run and pass blocker. In the run game, he does a very good job with hand placement and will work to reroute his hands when he can't initially gain positioning. He maintains a good base and can generate good leg drive to create push.
With Kugler, Fox and Dawson, the interior offensive linemen of the future are set to turn into true Michigan men on the line. When added to sophomore guard Kyle Kalis, the Michigan interior of the offensive line looks great.
But the Wolverines' great offensive line recruiting class does not stop there.
Michigan also has three offensive tackle recruits.
Scout.com rates all three tackles as 4-star recruits.
Kyle Bosch is in Ann Arbor early and ready to show his talent on the edge. Listed at 6'5" and 311 pounds already, Bosch is in proper form for spring ball and the 2013 season.
Hoke is thrilled to have Bosch early and says,
Kyle helps with our needs when you look at the offensive line and where we were when we got here with eight scholarship offensive linemen. The last two classes we've recruited 10. He's a physical player at the point of attack from the Chicago-land area. We're really excited that he got here early.
Bosch could find an immediate role as the offensive tackle opposite Taylor Lewan.
Another offensive tackle that the Wolverines landed is Dan Samuelson. Samuelson may not have an immediate impact but will develop and can play either tackle or guard.
Allen Trieu of Scout.com says, "He is a smart, tough, hard working kid who finishes his blocks and has good natural strength."
The Wolverines like smart linemen that also know how to block, and Michigan is getting the whole package with Samuelson.
Every team needs a long snapper, and Michigan found one in Scott Sypniewski.
Sypniewski is a fast snapper who is quick to get into his protection.
His overall short and long snapping accuracy is good and he is consistent with his snap speed. Scott finished with an average snap time of .74 seconds at Kohl's Midwest Showcase Camp in December of 2011 with his best snap time recorded at .70 seconds.
In special team play, it is very important to have consistency. Sypniewski will be a solid and consistent long snapper for the Wolverines.
Player to Watch for: Logan Tuley-Tillman
Tuley-Tillman is huge.
He is a 6'7" and 307-pound offensive tackle that is extremely athletic for an offensive lineman.
His combination of size, power and agility make him the player to watch for from the offensive line group of recruits.
Tuley-Tillman will compete with Bosch for early playing time but will undoubtedly be a starter once Taylor Lewan leaves.
ESPN.com's scouting report says:
Tuley-Tillman is a dominant run blocker. He uses his great initial quickness to immediately establish an advantage when drive blocking. He has great size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition and his long, broad frame should easily be able to support additional body mass over time. This prospect lines up in a three-point stance, demonstrating very good lower body flexibility. His agility and balance allow him to play on his feet in space. He comes off the ball low and hard with an explosive first step, makes good contact with the fit, base and persistent leg drive needed to win the battle in the tranches.
Tuley-Tillman is a complete lineman who will excel in the running game. Now that Michigan has an elite running back recruit in Derrick Green who likes to run near the tackles, Tuley-Tillman will be utilized a lot.
That rounds out Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.
With all of the talent and athleticism, the Wolverines are built for the future.
Now these recruits need to show their skills on the field and work with the coaches to bring back Michigan's traditional toughness and deliver big wins.