The Wolverines needed defenders, and they got a great crop, first and foremost in the secondary.
Y'all heard about Demar Dorsey, right? ESPN's 12th-best prospect overall (and the "definition of upside") is a great center-field safety and one of the most exciting prospects Michigan has signed on defense since Army All-American defensive end Brandon Graham back in 2006.
Michigan also grabbed Scout's third-best cornerback in Pennsylvania CB Cullen Christian, who could crack the two-deep out of summer camp.
Athletic safety/linebacker Marvin Robinson was a prospect generating a lot of buzz early, though it trailed off to close the year. But he should be an early contributor in Michigan's new 3-3-5 look at the hybrid safety-linebacker position.
Another safety/linebacker, Josh Furman, was Scout's seventh-best safety overall, and could see time early if the Wolverines' pass defense continues to struggle.
The defensive line signees are light on early contributors, long on projects that could provide good depth in the future. Ohio's Jibreel Black is the most likely, with the size and quicks of Brandon Graham, whose dominating presence will hope to replace.
In all, the Maize and Blue signed 12 straight defenders to close the class (I'm including top national punter Will Hagerup in that group), evidence that Rich Rodriguez's staff got the message about what has really been going wrong with Michigan since he took over in 2008. Frankly, I couldn't be more pleased.