Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2014 DL Targets
By Tom VanHaaren
With coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, Michigan will always be looking to improve its defensive line. The coaches have done a nice job in the previous classes filling needs and adding key players.
The 2014 class won't be a huge class, but the Wolverines are in on some top national prospects.
DT Bryan Mone Salt Lake City Highland
6-foot-4, 320 pounds
Mone (pronounced moan-ay) was a huge pickup for Michigan at defensive tackle. The coaching staff got to him early and he fell in love with Michigan. It didn't hurt that his former teammate, Sione Houma, was already on campus. Mone is a big start to Michigan's defensive line recruiting for 2014.
McDowell is a big local prospect whom Michigan is heavily targeting. He has been to campus a few times and plans to make it back March 10. He hasn't narrowed down his list, but Michigan is right in the thick of his recruitment. Landing McDowell would be a big haul, as he could be an excellent five technique defensive end and could move into three technique on passing situations in Mattison's defense.
Hand was ESPN's junior of the year and is going to be one of the top 2014 prospects overall. He has Michigan in his top group and is eying a March 16 visit. He has already scheduled his official visit for the night game in Ann Arbor against Notre Dame. Getting him on campus will ultimately help Michigan's chances during crunch time.
Marshall initially committed to Ohio State, only to rescind that commitment three days later. Since his decommitment he has visited Michigan twice and plans to make it back soon. The early decision was likely a mistake, and Marshall now says he wants to wait until after his season to decide.
Pallante has a grayshirt offer, which means if he were to accept he would technically be a part of the 2015 class. He and his parents are mulling the offer and plan to speak with Hoke about the details. He was excited about the chance to join Michigan's football team, but might be a guy who picks up offers for 2014 as well.
Smith is an interesting prospect who is building momentum. He has heard from Michigan and was in attendance for the Wolverines' camp in 2012. An ESPN Watch List prospect, Smith could eventually earn an offer depending on how other spots fill out.
Henderson is another camper from 2012 and has yet to earn an offer. He has said that he is interested in Michigan, but hasn't scheduled a trip. Again, his position might depend on what else happens for Michigan along the defensive line, as numbers are going to be tighter for this class.