Michigan Football Recruiting: Top Wolverines to Watch from Class of 2013

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 22, 2013

The Michigan Wolverines had a solid 2012 campaign, and with a strong incoming recruiting class, the future looks bright for Brady Hoke's squad.

The Wolverines have the seventh-ranked recruiting class of 2013, according to ESPN (insider). Ohio State is the only Big Ten school with a higher ranking, and only four schools in the top 40 have more commits than Michigan.

As of today, the Wolverines have 16 4-star prospects and nine 3-star recruits. While every player is worth tracking, be sure to keep your eye on the following three this year.


Shane Morris, QB

Morris looks to be the Wolverines' quarterback of the future, as he is the No. 8 signal-caller in the nation.

The De La Salle Collegiate High product is a polished pocket passer with a rocket for a left arm. He gets great velocity on his passes, and he is capable of making just about every conceivable throw.

He is also a sound decision-maker. He rarely turns the ball over because he doesn't take unnecessary gambles or try to play outside of his limits.

Morris will likely be behind Devin Gardner and Russell Bellomy on the depth chart, but he may see some game action if he impresses in preseason workouts. Be sure to track his progress in the coming months.


Deveon Smith, RB

The Wolverines don't have much depth at running back, so Smith will be counted on to contribute immediately.

Smith shouldn't have any issues with that, as he is already well-built for the college game. He's a bruising back with great size (5'11", 215-pounds) and impressive balance. He is a north-south runner who makes quick decisions and punishes defenders.

Smith won't be the fastest back on the roster, but he is perhaps the most complete. Don't be surprised if he gets the majority of the carries this season.


Jourdan Lewis, CB

The top-ranked player from the Wolverines' incoming class, you'll definitely want to watch Jourdan Lewis this season.

Lewis needs to add some strength, but his speed and awareness will make up for a lot of his size issues. His recovery speed is simply amazing, and with his ability to jump routes and make a play on the ball, he could develop into a turnover machine.

Lewis likely won't start any games this season, but he will still be a key member of Michigan's secondary.