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Monday, February 25, 2013
2014 Michigan OL targets

By Chantel Jennings

Michigan’s success in the 2012 and 2013 classes on the offensive line means that the Wolverines really only need to pull in three or four top guys in the 2014 class. But their need for fewer guys doesn’t mean they aren’t going at it as aggressively. They already have offers out to most of the top guys and are in the top group for a few of them, on top of that.

Here’s a look at Michigan’s O-line targets in the 2014 class:

Targets with offers:

Alex Bars
Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy
6-foot-6, 280 pounds

The younger brother of freshman lineman Blake Bars, Alex has been to campus plenty of times and has no shortage of information on the Wolverines. The ESPN Watch List O-lineman has 18 offers and has made plenty of rounds to several schools, as he’s hoping to make his commitment sometime this spring.

Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Paramus (NJ) Paramus Catholic
6-foot-6, 320 pounds

Bushell-Beatty is the Wolverines’ most recent O-line offer and he said he was quite excited about it. He holds five offers and plans to make a visit to Michigan and Ohio State in April.

Mason Cole
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
6-foot-5, 266 pounds

Cole spent this past weekend taking in Ann Arbor, meeting with coaches and bonding with Michigan commits and players. It was the Watch List offensive lineman’s third trip to Ann Arbor during his recruitment and the Wolverines are in his top four, along with Florida State, Clemson and Notre Dame. He could be making a decision any day now, so this late visit could be a huge deal in a possible commitment.

Tommy Doles
Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian
6-foot-5, 250 pounds

Doles appears to be the top offensive lineman in the state in the 2014 class, and though he doesn’t hold as many offers as some other targets, he’s high on Michigan’s list. He has visited Ann Arbor a few times and has said he would like to make a decision earlier rather than later in the recruiting process.

Jamarco Jones
Chicago De La Salle Institute
6-foot-5, 285 pounds

Jones could end the recruiting cycle as the top offensive lineman in the Midwest. He holds 19 offers and plans to make his commitment in August, which means the Wolverines will try to get him on campus this summer to seal the deal with this top guy.

Braden Smith
Olathe (Kan.) South
6-foot-7, 285 pounds

At 6-foot-7, Smith is one of the tallest offensive linemen the Wolverines have offered, but he fits Michigan’s mold of bigger, talented, quick linemen. Smith holds 17 offers from the likes of Texas, Stanford, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.

Other offers: Sam Mustipher, Andy Bauer, Orlando Brown Jr., K.C. McDermott, Damian Prince, Cameron Robinson, Bentley Spain

Targets without offers:

Nathaniel Devers
Massillon (Ohio) Massillon-Washington
6-foot-3, 265 pounds

Devers camped at Michigan last summer and has interest in the Wolverines, but at 6-foot-3 he seems a bit undersized for the position, especially considering the groups Michigan is taking in. But his athleticism and speed have made up for that, and he could end up with an offer if the Wolverines miss on a few other guys.

Alec Stevens
West Branch (Mich.) Ogemaw

Stevens is a possible in-state target for the Wolverines. There isn’t a ton of in-state offensive line depth in the 2014 class outside of Doles, so if Michigan misses on a few top targets, Stevens could get an offer as the Wolverines try to clean up the three-five hour radius of Ann Arbor.

Other targets: Shane Evans, Viane Talamaivao, Mike Grimm, Zach Novoselsky