Malik McDowell, 4-star defensive end
Vitals: 6'7," 290 pounds
High School: Southfield (Southfield, Mich.)
Position info: No. 3-ranked SDE, No. 1 overall in Michigan, No. 37 overall
As of Jan. 12, 247Sports predicts Michigan to win the sweepstakes.
Assuming he signs, McDowell would join a deep pool of skill at defensive end. Just last year, Brady Hoke landed Taco Charlton, so McDowell will definitely face a great challenge when it comes to cracking the starting rotation.
Throw in Matt Godin, Frank Clark, Mario Ojemudia, Chris Wormley and Keith Heitzman, and Team 135 finds itself with plenty of options for the fall.
McDowell has been high on Hoke's list for some time. Securing the in-state juggernaut would be a win on multiple levels for Hoke, who'll have to fight off the Spartans' Mark Dantonio if he wants to rule the Mitten's recruiting scene.
Jeff Jones, 4-star running back
Vitals: 5'11," 196 pounds
High School: Washburn (Minneapolis)
Position info: No. 9 RB, No. 2 overall in Minnesota, No. 110 overall
The Gophers gained the early edge by getting the verbal, but that hasn't stopped Michigan from pursuing Jones, who has "warm" interest in Florida and Michigan State. However, the popular thought is that Hoke has a great shot at luring Jones from the 10,000 lakes to the Great Lakes State.
Expect Michigan to continue its pursuit of Jones now that Vic Enwere, a former target, remains committed to Cal.
Jones would probably be a top-four back for new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who joined the Wolverines after a two-year stint with Alabama.
So far, Michigan appears to have a sturdy trio of No. 1 options: Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith, who each showed immense promise as 2013 progressed, along with Drake Johnson, who tore his ACL in Week 1 but should return this spring.
Jones is a powerful runner who touts OK speed. With a 4.69-second 40-yard dash, he's hardly a blazer. Effectively using his balance and strength are his bread and butter.