Michigan Football: Breaking Down Wolverines' 2013 O-Line Recruits

Adam Biggers@@AdamBiggers81Senior Analyst IIFebruary 12, 2013

Patrick Kugler, a 4-star, is one of a handful of O-Liners in the 2013 class made for Michigan football.
Patrick Kugler, a 4-star, is one of a handful of O-Liners in the 2013 class made for Michigan football.

The Michigan Wolverines have a strong class of defensive backs on the way to Ann Arbor that is capable of leading the program to glory. 

However, the offensive linemen that are set to join Michigan may be all the more impressive. 

Power football is won in the trenches, and the Wolverines' 2013 recruits have the ability to help the Maize and Blue dominate the line of scrimmage by way of powerful blocking and shifting. 

Whether it's creating holes for the running backs to run through or protecting the quarterback in the pocket, the O-Line's newcomers certainly give Wolverines fans enough reason to expect nothing short of a masterful group up front in coming years. 

And offensive coordinator Al Borges couldn't be more thrilled with the pieces he has to work with (see video interview posted by the Detroit Free Press).

Borges said in the interview that the O-Line recruits "have a defensive mentality" and that they are "willing to mix it up until the whistle."

Not a bad mindset to have, especially in the physical Big Ten.

And if Michigan wants to rise to the ranks of the SEC powers, it will undoubtedly need to go after prospects with similar qualities as this year's class.

Michigan landed seven O-Line recruits in the 2013 class.

Each one has a unique skill set that should mesh well with existing members, but one thing is evident: These are the types of bulky guys that Wolverines fans should expect from this point forward (for the most part, there are a couple of undersized newcomers in this year's class).


Meet the Big Boys



Kyle Bosch

The country's No. 7-ranked offensive tackle of the 2013 class is a monstrous 6'5" and 311 pounds. He'll need to pack on a few pounds in order to better fend off the mountainous defensive linemen he'll encounter n the Big Ten, but his frame is well suited for such alteration. 

The 4-star prospect committed to Michigan nearly a year ago and has been raved about among Wolverines followers. Bosch, indeed, is indicative of the athletic, yet towering linemen Borges likes. 

The tackle positions are full for Michigan thus far, but Bosch could see time as a backup, barring a redshirt, of course. Erik Gunderson, Erik Magnuson and Ben Braden are ahead of Bosch as far as experience is concerned, but Bosch has a college-ready build. 



David Dawson

The 4-star rated former Detroit Cass Tech star could have played in the SEC, but he chose to stay closer to home and play for Michigan. 

Dawson was the No. 9-ranked offensive guard of the 2013 class, and at 6'4" and 282 pounds, he certainly has the size to play immediately. Dawson is incredibly nimble for a man his size, evident by his 5.16-second shuttle run. 

Dawson probably won't slip into a full-time guard spot until 2014. Remember, Kyle Kalis and Joey Burzynski are next in line. 



Dan Samuelson

Expect the 3-star rated, 6'5", 275-pound offensive guard (247Sports has him at 290) to redshirt this season. The former Plymouth High (Plymouth, Ind.) All-Stater runs a 5.3-second 40-yard dash and is another great addition to the Wolverines' O-Line. However, as is the case with most freshmen, Samuelson will have to wait for his go-round. 



Chris Fox

The 2013 class' No. 11-ranked offensive tackle was the No. 1-ranked prep in Colorado. Fox starred at Ponderosa High (Ponderosa, Colo.) and enters Michigan with a 4-star rating. Complementing Fox's resume is a Rivals Top 150 honor (142). 

The 6'6", 297-pound prospect most definitely has the ability to see meaningful playing time as a true freshman. 



Patrick Kugler 

Kugler comes with quite the resume, and he'll be an O-Line contributor to keep an eye on during the time he's in Ann Arbor. 

The 6'5", 280-pound 4-star rated guard touts a Rivals Top 100 ranking (82) and enters Michigan as the 2013 class' sixth-ranked player at his position. 

Don't be shocked to see Kugler thrown into the mix more often than his fellow freshmen. However, with a strong 2012 class, this year's recruits will have to earn their spots, despite being part of Brady Hoke's top class since taking over the Wolverines program. 



Logan Tuley-Tillman

The 6'7", 307-pound former Peoria High (Ill.) star was the No. 24-ranked tackle of the 2013 class. He doesn't carry a national ranking, but with a proper boost from Borges and Hoke, Tuley-Tillman could develop into a staple of the Wolverines O-Line. 

Something about Tuley-Tillman brings about several questions that may not be answered until camp. He's one of those hidden gems—no big-time national hype, but a big-time, college-ready frame nonetheless. 

The Wolverines' 2013 O-Line recruits are the building blocks of a national championship foundation. With similar prospects in the 2014 class, Michigan should have no trouble establishing one of the Big Ten's elite O-Lines.

Give Borges and Hoke two to three more years and they'll piece together one of the best O-Lines in college football. 

View the Wolverines' recruiting class via Rivals/TheWolverine.com by clicking this link. If you don't have a subscription, you can see nearly identical information on 247Sports.

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