Michigan Football Recruiting: Grading Wolverines' Top Acquisitions of 2013 Class

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 7, 2013

Courtesy of Sporting News
Courtesy of Sporting News

Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines have pumped out another incredible recruiting class in 2013, and there are many top targets in their class who will be the future faces of the Big Ten.

Michigan's recent troubles have quickly been erased by a BCS berth in 2011 and an eight-win season in 2012, and along with Ohio State they seem to be in firm control of the Big Ten recruiting landscape. The Wolverines have the eighth-ranked class in the nation by 247sports.com

They've beefed up some key positions with this class and have only solidified their status as a contender over the next few seasons. There are too many great recruits that Michigan has brought in this year to include every one, but we'll highlight the best ones.

Let's take a look at some of the top new Wolverines and how they are graded based on future impact, level of potential and ranking.


Derrick Green, RB: A

There aren't running backs in the nation right now—at any level—who are all that much better than Derrick Green. 

Green, a 6-foot, 220-pound rusher out of Richmond, Va., is one of the top prospects in this class as he's ranked as the fourth-best running back in the 247sports.com Composite. He has the power and tackle-breaking ability to run through veteran defensive fronts, even as a freshman.

This elite new signee comes at a perfect time for the Wolverines. Departing quarterback Denard Robinson had over 1,000 yards on the ground last year, but the top running back only had 514 yards rushing last year.

He will have the ability to have his mark on the national title picture as just a freshman, and not very many players can say that much.

Green needs to work on his breakaway speed, but with a 4.58 40-yard dash time and a future of elite-level conditioning, he'll be a star.


Shane Morris, QB: A-

Shane Morris is growing into a NFL body frame even as a high schooler, and he'll grow into the future of the quarterback position in a few years.

It doesn't hurt that Morris is being recruited along with some of the best linemen in the country and arguably the nation's top back in Green. 

Morris' best ability as a quarterback is his arm strength and poise, which will translate to success in the traditional Michigan quarterback mold (see: Tom Brady). While he needs to work on accuracy, it's encouraging that he has so much upside.

It'll be hard for Michigan to find a QB other than Morris to fill the void in the future, and with Robinson leaving, the position is wide open.


Taco Charlton, DE: B

Besides having an awesome game, Taco Charlton also poses as one of the best pass rushers in this year's recruiting class and should wreak havoc on a strong defense.

The Wolverines have been piling up on elite recruits defensively, so that means Charlton will more than likely be playing for a formidable unit. This will free him up for more sacks and more abilities to change the game.

At 6'6", 255 pounds, Charlton is ranked as a four-star recruit and the third-best weak side defensive end in the nation by 247sports.com and has a unique body frame to fill in while he's at a great school to do so. 

Charlton will have more time to develop than these other two, which is why his grade is lower than Green and Morris. But when he gets his chance, he'll shine and become one of Michigan's next impact players defensively.


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