Michigan Football Recruiting: Early Enrollees Who'll Make an Instant Impact

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2014

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 28:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a non call during the first quarter of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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On the heels of a disappointing 7-6 season, the Michigan Wolverines are off to a quick and solid start in recruiting. 

On Monday, Jan. 13, head coach Brady Hoke announced that the Wolverines are set to welcome seven early enrollees from the 2014 class. Here is Hoke, as quoted by MGoBlue.com, on the early enrollees: 

We're very excited about these seven young men joining our family. Each of them represents what we want in our program: high-character guys who take academics seriously, and football players who we believe have the potential and work ethic to be successful at the winningest football program in the country.

We think enrolling and getting on campus helps them as they acclimate in those areas, as well as socially, and we look forward to them starting their classes and getting into our conditioning program.

As 247 Sports reports, Michigan, including the seven early enrollees, has 16 verbal commitments and few spots left open in the class. 

With five of the seven early enrollees being 4-star recruits, according to 247 Sports, the Wolverines are set to see a big impact from this class. A few of the seven will even make an impact right off the bat. That is especially true now that these student-athletes will get a jump start on their freshman season.

Here are the three with the most potential to make an instant impact.


Mason Cole, T, 6'4", 285 lbs

Mason Cole is not the highest-rated recruit of this group, but he has the best chance to make a positive impact next year.

I didn't mean to suggest Cole is not a tantalizing prospect. He is. 247Sports.com has Cole as a 4-star recruit in its composite rankings. Cole has the ideal frame to be an elite tackle.

Like just about every incoming freshman offensive linemen, however, Cole could stand to add some beef on his bones, but dedication in the weight room should help him make quick gains in that regard. 

Strength certainly figures to be a prerequisite for linemen under new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier:

Cole doesn't figure to be dominant in his first season, but he has the feet and strength to hold his own. With Michigan's weak offensive line, this will have him in line for a starting position. 


Drake Harris, WR, 6'4", 180 lbs

Drake Harris has the talent to be a star.

He is another freshman who will have to bulk up some, but he has the hands, speed and ball skills to dominate. Those skills are enough to have Harris as the sixth-best recruit at his position in 247 Sports' composite rankings.

Harris will struggle with physical and experienced corners in his first season, but he will also make some big plays. The opportunity for playing time is certainly there.

Michigan's returning receiving corps combined to catch just 21 passes a season ago, as standout Jeremy Gallon has moved on from the program.


Bryan Mone, DT, 6'4", 338 lbs

Unlike most incoming freshmen, Bryan Mone does not have to worry about adding weight. He is already big enough to be a monster in the middle of a college defensive line.

Mone is rated in 247 Sports' composite rankings as the fourth-best defensive tackle in this class. 

When he is at his best, Mone has a solid burst off the line. He can occupy blockers to slow down run games and can get to the passer with a power rush. To succeed on the college level, however, he will have to refine his pass-rush moves, but with solid coaching, he will be able to do just that.

Mone will have to perform to crack the starting lineup, but he has the size, strength and speed to do just that.