Michigan Football: Recruiting Class Sets Foundation for Fantastic Rushing Attack

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 8, 2013

Michigan 5-star RB Derrick Green. Photo Credit: 247Sports.com
Michigan 5-star RB Derrick Green. Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

"Three yards and a cloud of dust" is a renowned phrase most widely associated with the Michigan Wolverines' biggest arch-nemesis.

Considering the stacked recruiting class that head coach Brady Hoke just raked in for 2013, though, that lost art in the increasingly spread-heavy schematics of college football has a strong chance to dominate in Ann Arbor.

Michigan's long-tenured quarterback Denard Robinson has graduated, which gives Hoke a better opportunity to effectively implement his pro-style offense. The power running game should be a big part of that, if the new Wolverines pan out as expected.

Headlining the bunch is 5-star running back Derrick Green, who hails from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va. He could easily start as a true freshman, and 247Sports.com's Steve Wiltfong believes Green will likely see the field in the 2013 opener.

Green already has 220 pounds packed on to his 6'0" frame, and he has exceptional speed for his size and obvious power.

More than many players at his position at such a young age, Green shows the ability to get north and south extremely quickly. That puts him in prime position to deliver the blow to the defender rather than suffering amidst the punishing contact.

Another positive is that Green has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. As long as he gets his pass protection technique down, he could emerge as a three-down back very quickly.

For Green to have success running the ball, he obviously needs some semblance of blocking in front of him. Thankfully, Hoke has provided that, too—in one fell swoop of a monster recruiting class, to boot.

As ESPN's Adam Rittenberg (subscription required) indicates, the Wolverines managed to land the best offensive line recruiting class in the nation. Four of the six offensive linemen that Michigan signed rank in the ESPN 150.

According to 247Sports.com's composite rankings, Kyle Bosch, David Dawson and Chris Fox are the third-, fourth- and fifth-ranked guard prospects in the country respectively. Patrick Kugler is labeled as the nation's top center.

If anything, it might be difficult to figure out how to put all that talent on the field at once. Dawson played tackle in high school, and although he projects as a guard at the college level, that is a possibility. The same goes for Fox.

It's somewhat surprising that more teams don't recruit the personnel to implement more of a ground-and-pound rushing attack, considering the dominance of the Alabama program in recent years.

Such schematics are likely to become more prominent in the Big House sooner rather than later, as Wolverines fans have plenty to be excited about with this powerhouse recruiting class.