Michigan Football: Derrick Green and Top Recruits Will Ensure Dominant Offense

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIFebruary 17, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247sports.com

The Michigan Wolverines have pulled in a recruiting class that should put them back on the national stage, competitive even with the big schools in the SEC and Big 12. On offense especially, the Wolverines are stacked with freshman talent that will ensure a dominant unit for years to come in Ann Arbor.

One could almost form an entire offense with the 4-star and 5-star recruits that head coach Brady Hoke has managed to pull in. To put it into perspective, the Wolverines have landed five 4-star offensive linemen, a 4-star quarterback, a 4-star tight end and a 5-star running back.

These recruits will be sure to have a huge impact on Michigan football. Let's take a look at some of the names Wolverines' fans will be hearing in the coming years.


Jake Butt, TE (Pickerington, OH)

Jake Butt is the total package at tight end, capable of stretching a defense with his speed, catching a ball high in traffic with his 6'6" height and delivering devastating blocks.

The defenses in his highlights video had no answer for Butt, as he constantly got behind defenses for big plays. He seems to be an excellent catcher of the ball as well, as he never seemed to let the ball into his body.

As a blocker, Butt was able to use his massive size to dominate opponents. For what it's worth, I absolutely love that he included blocking clips into his highlight video. That shows that he values blocking as much as receiving, an important attribute.

Butt's athleticism and blocking prowess should help him find the field immediately. The Wolverines played freshman Devin Funchess at tight end last year, and while he had some nice moments, Butt is a superior prospect.

Don't be surprised when Butt makes some big plays for the Maize and Blue this season.


Shane Morris, QB (Warren, MI)

Unlike Butt, Morris will be sitting early as Devin Gardner takes the snaps at quarterback for the Wolverines. When he gets on the field though, watch out. Shane Morris can play.

In his highlights video, Morris displayed decent arm strength paired with excellent accuracy. He is not afraid to sling the ball into tight windows, and he finds success when he does.

Though Morris is a pro-style quarterback, he has the athleticism to make plays with his feet too. At one point in the video, Morris hurdles over a hapless defender, demonstrating elite playmaking ability.

The one hitch in Morris' game is a funky release, in which he cocks back and throws three-quarter arm. In the right scheme, that won't be a problem, but it's something worth working on while Morris learns behind Gardner.

All in all, Morris will be an excellent fit for a Michigan program that has developed quite the tradition of athletic quarterbacks. Morris has the potential to be the best of them all.


Derrick Green, RB (Richmond, VA)

In Derrick Green's highlights video, the runs seem to fall into one of two categories: runs in which Green drags defenders several yards before going down and runs in which Green explodes through the hole so fast that no one can touch him.

Green was the crown jewel of the Wolverine's recruiting class, as the staff poured countless hours into landing this kid. Those efforts were well worth it, as Green brings a level of dominance rarely seen at any level.

More likely than not, Green will get immediate playing time. Junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint disappointed last season, running for just 514 yards on a 4.0 average.

With the perfect combination of 4.4 speed and massive size, Green has a chance to be special. He can lead this recruiting class in turning the Michigan offense into a juggernaut once again.