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Michigan Football Recruiting: An Early Look at the 2014 Commits

Austin FoxCorrespondent IIFebruary 20, 2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: An Early Look at the 2014 Commits

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    Signing Day 2013 has come and gone, and all attention is now turned to the 2014 class.

    So just how good are Michigan's three early commits, and who else can we expect to join the class in the near future?

    Here's an early look at the 2014 class, and the Wolverines' top targets as the recruiting process rolls on.

    All rankings and information according to Rivals.com.

Bryan Mone

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    Bryan Mone is Michigan's most recent commit, as he just committed on Feb. 12.

    This massive defensive tackle from Salt Lake City has Michigan ties, as he is good friends with Sione Houma. There's no doubt their friendship played a factor in his commitment.

    Michigan may have found a good one in Mone; the 6'4", 315-pound lineman is listed as one of the best 200 players in the country.

    Plus, even though it is very early in the process, Mone had fairly impressive offers from the likes of UCLA and Ole Miss.

    He should fit perfectly into what figures to be a nasty Michigan defensive line in the near future.

Wilton Speight

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    Regardless of whether it's deserved or not, Wilton Speight will probably be the Michigan commit that receives the most attention and/or scrutiny. And it's all because he's a quarterback.

    Is Speight the future successor to Shane Morris? There's no reason to think otherwise.

    Speight was offered a scholarship by Michigan and committed almost immediately after, as he certainly turned the heads of some on the offensive coaching staff.

    Sure, it's a little disappointing that Speight isn't even rated yet, but a lot can obviously change over the course of a year. Heck, I'd be surprised if Speight didn't end up as a 4-star.

    This 6'6" pocket passer has the body type that resembles Michigan quarterbacks of old.

Michael Ferns

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    Michael Ferns is looking like the "Shane Morris" of this 2014 class. Ferns is the outspoken, unquestioned leader of this group, as he is doing his best to get in other recruits' ears about everything Michigan has to offer.

    Ferns has even taken it a step further than Morris' efforts, as he has created hundreds of Michigan T-shirts reading "Team 135," which officially launched his own personal recruiting effort.

    To go along with Ferns' unbelievable perseverance and love for Michigan, he is also a great football player. He is ranked as one of the 90 best players in the country, checking in at No. 84. He is also rated as the 10th best linebacker in the country.

    Plus, Ferns hails from Ohio, making his commitment even a little bit sweeter. Standing 6'3" and weighing 235 pounds already, he has all the makings of being a dominant linebacker.

    Ferns is also planning to enroll in college early, as he is currently carrying a 4.0 GPA. Heck, it's hard to find anything wrong with this kid. He'll fit right in at Michigan.

Next Commit?

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    So who will be the next player to commit in this 2014 class? Mason Cole is the popular choice, as it would not be a surprise if he pledged within the next few weeks.

    Landing Cole would be a huge get; the standout offensive lineman from Florida has an offer list that includes Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC. Honestly, it doesn't get much more impressive than that.

    Parrker Westphal is another candidate that could commit soon. The standout corner has offers from Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Ohio State, among others.

    Even if neither of these kids commit any time soon, there's still a good chance one or both of them will wind up in Michigan's class at some point. The Wolverines are in great shape with both of these players.

National Prospects

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    Early on, Michigan seems to be in good position with a number of elite players nationally.

    Da'Shawn Hand, the No. 1 player in the country, currently lists Michigan in his top five—without even visiting them yet!

    Michigan also has a realistic shot with Jabrill Peppers, the No. 2 player in the nation.

    Other 5-stars the Wolverines' name has been mentioned with are Andrew Brown, Adoree Jackson and Elijah Hood.

    None of these 5-stars listed are from the Midwest. Michigan is bound to pull at least one elite player from outside the Midwest once again, just as it did last year with Derrick Green.

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