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Ben Gedeon is proving to be one of Brady Hoke's better recruits.
There is a lot to like about Michigan's defense. The progression and development isn't by accident. If anything, feel good about Greg Mattison's side of the ball heading into the fall. The secondary is coming together, and the D-line looks like it'll be in good hands with Willie Henry, Ondre Pipkins, Brennen Beyer and Matt Godin, among others.
As as I've stated several times since I don't remember when, the linebackers are key. Again, the linebackers are key. I'd put Joe Bolden on this list without hesitating. I wouldn't flinch while naming James Ross or Royce Jenkins-Stone, either.
But I'm going with Ben Gedeon, because he's been one of the most impressive players across the board since last year. Of course, he had to get his feet wet on special teams but was more than solid with five tackles in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Plus, with a nickname like "The Freak," or just "Freak" (depends on who's saying it), why not plug in Gedeon to this list?
Honorable mentions: Derrick Green, sophomore RB; Kyle Kalis, RS sophomore OL; Ondre Pipkins, junior DL; Matt Godin, redshirt sophomore DT; and Erik Magnuson, redshirt sophomore OL.
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