Michigan Wolverines: Where to Turn After Losing No. 1 OG Recruit David Dawson

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 15, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Michigan Wolverines and head coach Brady Hoke experienced a rare recruiting loss with the news that 4-star guard David Dawson has decommitted. Dawson is considered to be the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the country by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

Kyle Meinke of mlive.com cites a WolverineNation report from ESPN Recruiting Analyst Tom VanHaaren that stated the 4-star guard decommitted:

Michigan has suffered one of the biggest recruiting defections of the Brady Hoke era.

WoverineNation is reporting four-star offensive lineman David Dawson no longer is part of the Wolverines' heralded 2013 recruiting class. The Detroit Cass Tech star is ranked the No. 7 guard in the country according to Rivals, No. 8 by Scout and No. 1 by ESPN.

Dawson also Tweeted what appeared to be some parting words for Michigan:

Would like to wish the university of Michigan the best of luck ..nothing against anybody associated with that program

— David Dawson (@D3_FutureLegend) October 14, 2012

This is a pretty big loss for Hoke's 2013 class, as Dawson is obviously a very talented offensive lineman that could have been very useful for Michigan as they try to transition to a pro-style offense. As with most losses though, the best thing to do is to pick yourself back up and move forward, so the Wolverines need to move on and focus on what they can control.

They still have a lot to look forward to regarding the future of their offensive line.

Remember, Hoke's 2012 class featured 5-star offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, and 4-star tackle Erik Magnuson. Those two players will be staples for the line moving forward, and Hoke has four more 4-star tackles currently committed for 2013 in Chris Fox, Kyle Bosch, Patrick Kugler and Logan Tuley-Tillman

With an abundance at tackle, Hoke could move one or two of the lineman in his 2013 class over to guard. 247Sports.com has both Bosch and Fox listed as being able to play guard.

The Wolverines have plenty of options and players to fill positions on the offensive line moving forward, so frankly, even though losing Dawson hurts, it's not going to negatively impact the Wolverines.

If Michigan is to turn their attention anywhere after this decommit, it should be to 5-star running back Derrick Green, who has the Wolverines high on his list according to 247Sports, and will be visiting Michigan to watch them take on the Spartans of Michigan State.

Green has the talent to be a star at the college level, and with the talent Hoke already has lined up on the offensive line, he'd have the opportunity to run for a lot of yards and touchdowns at Michigan. He needs to be their No. 1 target from here on out, and what better way to get over losing a talented recruit than getting a commitment from a 5-star back with superstar potential?

I can't think of a better bounce back scenario, so that's exactly where the Wolverines need to focus their attention.

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