The Wolverine

March 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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2016 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY TIM SULLIVAN M ichigan graduated only one of- fensive lineman after the 2015 season — starting center Graham Glasgow, who will go on to an NFL career. That may give the impression that a smaller offensive line group was in the cards for the 2016 class. How- ever, a Jim Harbaugh offense is going to be solid up front, and that means landing plenty of talented blockers and letting them compete for spots. That makes it something of a dis- appointment that only three players at the position group will end up in the class — especially when five were committed at one point, before the Wolverines cut four-star Erik Swen- son loose (he signed with Oklahoma) and fellow four-star Devery Hamilton decommitted to head to Stanford. The three players that Michigan landed, however, are about as exciting as they come. Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead guard/ tackle Ben Bredeson is the headliner of the bunch — he's listed the No. 2 guard and No. 60 overall prospect nationally — while Detroit Cass Tech guard Michael Onwenu isn't far behind. He finished ranked No. 7 among offensive guards and No. 147 overall. The lowest-ranked of the trio was another tackle/guard combo in Baltimore Gilman three-star Stephen Spanellis. The No. 36 offensive tackle Wolverines Building With Talent Up Front Incoming offensive lineman Ben Bredeson of Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Wisconsin. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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