Michigan Football: Highlights from Wolverines' Top-10 Recruiting Class

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IIFebruary 25, 2013

Courtesy of 247sports.com
Courtesy of 247sports.com

By all accounts, Michigan has had a brilliant recruiting class. Rivals ranks the Wolverines' group fifth in the nation. Sporting News ranks it second. 247Sports.com: eighth.

From top to bottom, this was a class that could help bring the Wolverines back into the national title picture, thanks to guys like Derrick Green, Shane Morris and a host of 4-star recruits.

Let's take a look at the some of the highlights of the Wolverines highly-touted class.

Building an Offensive Line

Maybe the most important acquisition the Wolverines have made is not one player, but several. Their offensive line class was one of the best in the nation, headlined by five 4-star prospects. No team can boast the same depth in their class.

Their group boasts size in terms of both quantity and quality: Kyle Bosch is a solid 6'5", 311 pounds, Chris Fox is 6'6", 297 pounds and Logan Tuley-Tillman is an enormous 6'7", 307 pounds. Keep in mind, these kids are still teenagers.

With the pure depth of this class, the Wolverines are guaranteed multiple starters. They should help Green and Morris become real stars.

Finding the Quarterback of the Future

The Wolverines are set at quarterback for the 2013 season as Devin Gardner cemented his status as the starter during his 2012 campaign. Finding a star quarterback for the future, though, is always a priority, and the Wolverines found their guy in Shane Morris.

The 4-star signal-caller out of Warren, Michigan has a rocket arm, excellent athleticism and a penchant for making tough throws. He will fit nicely into Michigan's current tradition of athletic quarterbacks.

Check out his highlights video: Morris looks like a future starter. He could use some seasoning, but his upside is enthralling.

A Whole Secondary in One Class

The same way the Wolverines reeled in a whole offensive line, they pulled in four solid defensive backs, including three 4-star prospects.

Ross Douglas is the ideal cornerback, with a sub 4.5 40-yard dash and a compact 5'10" frame. He should be a future starter.

Jourdan Lewis and Dymonte Thomas are both solid 4-star prospects at cornerback and safety respectively, while Channing Stribling has potential as a 3-star safety.

Obviously not all of these guys will develop into starters, but one or two should turn into playmakers on Saturdays. Keep an eye on all of theme.

Landing One of the Top Running Backs in the Nation

Really, the Wolverines' recruiting class can be summed up by one name: Derrick Green. Landing the 5-star running back was the major highlight of Michigan's recruiting class.

His highlights video is extremely impressive. He pushes the pile, runs with burst through the hole and displays decent breakaway speed as well.

Green will almost certainly become a star in Ann Arbor. Keep an eye out for him as early as this season.


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