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December 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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MICHIGAN RECRUITING Offensive Line Replacements Emerge A star offensive lineman David Dawson in late October, pickings looked slim for the remainder of the 2013 recruit- ing class. The Wolverines had ceased communicating with most prospects at the position after their class had filled up last February. It appeared that there would be little time to get back on the radar with highly ranked recruits. Michigan took looks at a number fter Michigan lost the commit- ment of Detroit Cass Tech four- creased interest and will make an in- home visit with him. The other new name on the radar of uncommitted prospects, includ- ing three-star Canadian tackle David Knevel and four-star former Penn State commit Dorian Johnson (who has since committed to Pittsburgh). The uncom- mitted prospect with whom they had the best shot appeared to be Pomfret (Md.) McDonough guard Na'Ty Rod- gers, who is rated by as a four-star prospect, the No. 21 offen- sive tackle in the land and the No. 228 overall player in the country. Michigan showed increased interest in him, but he maintains that Maryland and South Carolina are his favorite schools. Michigan appears to have the best is Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star Cameron Hunt. Though the California commit is outside the Rivals250, he is ranked No. 31 among offensive tack- les nationally by Should he pick Michigan, it's likely that Hunt would end up on the interior of the line, a better fit for his 6-4, 270-pound frame. Like Lacy, Hunt is expecting Wolverines offensive line coach Darrell Funk to make an in-home visit during the period before bowl season kicks off. Phoenix product and current UCLA commit Kenny Lacy, the country's No. 17 offensive tackle and No. 175 overall player according to, will receive an in-home visit from U-M. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM shot at landing another offensive line- man from a set of previously commit- ted prospects. Kenny Lacy, a four-star product of Logan Tuley-Thomas OL Csont'e York Channing Stribling DB 6-2 170 Matthews, N.C. (Butler) Scott Sypniewski Dymonte Thomas Wyatt Shallman Deveon Smith WR 6-3 185 56 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2012 DB 6-1 175 Alliance, Ohio (Marlington) 6-7 280 OL 6-1 230 Ottawa, Ill. (Marquette) Peoria, Ill. (Manual) Da'Mario Jones Maurice Hurst Jr. Patrick Kugler Jourdan Lewis Mike McCray Shane Morris Henry Poggi Ben Gedeon Khalid Hill Taco Charlton Ross Douglas Jaron Dukes Chris Fox Kyle Bosch Jake Butt Phoenix Mountain Pointe High School, is ranked as the No. 17 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 175 overall player in the class of 2013. He picked the Bruins early this fall. At 6-6, 270 pounds, Lacy has the versatility to play either guard or tackle in Michigan's pro-style offense. Though Michigan did not offer Lacy before his commit- ment to UCLA, they have shown in- Class Of 2013 Football Commitments Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School) OL TE DE WR 6-2 185 Westland, Mich. (John Glenn) DT OL 6-2 230 Detroit (Crockett) 6-3 215 ATH 6-3 255 Novi, Mich. (Detroit Central Catholic) RB 5-11 195 Warren, Ohio (Howland) QB 6-3 183 Warren, Mich. (De La Salle) DT DB 5-11 170 Detroit (Cass Tech) LB 6-4 230 6-4 260 WR 6-4 197 Columbus, Ohio (Marion Franklin) OL LB TE DB 5-10 180 Avon, Ohio (Avon) 6-6 297 Parker, Colo. (Ponderosa) Hudson, Ohio (Hudson) 6-2 305 Westwood, Mass. (Xaverian Brothers) 6-5 280 Wexford, Pa. (North Allegheny) Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison) Baltimore (Gilman School) 6-5 285 Wheaton, Ill. (St. Francis) 6-6 230 6-6 240 off the table to fill Dawson's is Dawson himself. Although he has made over- tures to the Michigan coaching staff in recent weeks, the Wolverines have made it clear that he lost his chance to be a Wolverine when he chose to visit the University of Florida Oct. 19. That was a violation of the U-M coaching staff's no-visits policy for committed players. One prospect who still appears to be Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington North) Pickerington, Ohio (Central) ten at least their fair share of in-state talent since Brady Hoke's regime ar- rived in Ann Arbor. Although its first class — which was assembled in just a few weeks before National Signing Day 2011 — saw several misses on top-10 in-state prospects (including the top three), U-M was much more successful with the 2012 recruits. Every in-state prospect with an offer ended up at Michigan except No. 1 Aaron Burbridge, who has gone on to have a successful freshman campaign as a wide receiver at Michigan State. The 2013 class has been more of the The Michigan coaching staff has got- AFTER MSU PLEDGE WOLVERINES same. The No. 2 prospect in Michi- gan, offensive lineman Steve Elmer, is a Notre Dame commit, but he was the only in-state player with a U-M offer not to end up at Michigan. That could change, thanks to a late Harper Woods, Mich. (Chandler Park) offer made by the Wolverines. Bloom- field Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice line- backer Jon Reschke pledged to Michi- gan State in February without holding an offer from Michigan. However, the 6-2, 230-pound four-star prospect

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