- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
Much like every other program in the country, Michigan has already started to focus on the 2014 recruiting class. The Wolverines have sent out approximately 49 offers to 2014 prospects, and 41 of those offered recruits are part of the first ESPN Watch List for 2014.
The Watch List includes seven prospects from the state of Michigan, including defensive back Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech), defensive end Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola) and offensive lineman Jordan Van Dort (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West).
The state of Ohio is also well represented with 11 prospects on the Watch List. Michigan's only 2014 commitment, linebacker Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), makes up part of the Ohio section, along with offered targets Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary).
Michigan has yet to offer offensive lineman Nathaniel Devers (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and quarterback Deshone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic), but those are two prospects on the list on whom Michigan is keeping tabs.
The Wolverines might have only one commitment for 2014, but they are already in good shape for multiple prospects on the Watch List. Michigan fans have already become familiar with names such as offensive linemen Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) and defensive back Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), and for good reason. Those prospects are very high on the list for Michigan and so far have reciprocated those feelings,
Michigan has the No. 2 ranked recruiting class for 2013, and judging by the early numbers on this list and offers that have gone out, the Wolverines are primed to have another stellar class in 2014.
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