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Friday, April 6, 2012
Top 12 Prospects - No. 7

By WolverineNation

There are roughly eight spots left in Michigan's 2013 class, and there are still a few needs to fill. Some of the top prospects in the nation are still considering Michigan, and it would be tough to turn away those kinds of recruits. So WolverineNation will rank the top 12 uncommitted prospects for Michigan based on need and want leading up to the spring game.

No. 7

Tom's pick: DE Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata)

Defensive linemen who are versatile are a premium for Greg Mattison. Bower can play strongside defensive end and could bulk up and play inside if needed. He's one of the top prospects in this class, with offers from everywhere. He also has Michigan in his first top group and plans on visiting sometime in the near future. The Wolverines don't necessarily need a true strongside defensive end because of their 2012 class, but Bower would be tough to pass on. He would provide more competition and athleticism at that spot, which is always needed.

Eddie Vanderdoes
California DT prospect Eddie Vanderdoes, with his father, has seen his offer list climb past 20.
Chantel's pick: LB Ben Gedeon (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson)

Between the 2012 class and Mike McCray, Michigan is sailing pretty smoothly with its linebackers. If the Wolverines didn't already have so many talented linebackers signed and committed, Gedeon would've been much higher on my list. But let's face it, even with all that, Gedeon would be a huge get for the Wolverines. He's incredibly athletic and has good size for the position. Gedeon impressed coaches at last summer's camp and got the Michigan offer shortly after. He’s the kind of player who will impress you from his first down and would be a huge asset to Michigan's defense.

Readers' pick: DT Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer)

ZMcdonald987: Top flight D-lineman from California. Further open up the West Coast pipeline.

Ansky629: Freak athlete and a tie back to Cali where Hoke and company would like to keep a pipeline open.

CGHorvath1978: Great size at SDE (6-4/285) and he plays extremely fast and relentless. Last season we seriously lacked a disruptive force on the outside and he would fit the bill.

m1muller: Intelligent monster that plays with the kind of heart this coaching staff loves.

theJET84: MONSTER! West coast connection!

GStylez99: Another blue-chip DT prospect that seems to like Michigan.  Even though he's rumored to be an Oregon lean, Michigan's lack of depth on the D-line means they should continue to go after him hard.

humphril: Could be the run-stopping and pass-rushing DT that is coveted these days across all programs.

michfan207: By all accounts this guy is an absolute beast.

Steve Shoemake: Motor and technique with a California address.

wjm10688: Having filled near every other need in the class, we need a very strong DL to match our OL and continue Hoke's philosophy of building from the trenches out.

dvdhplee: Beats out Poggi by a hair for the 3-tech spot ... just a monster interior pass rusher.

gadler12378: Really like his film. Could play 3 tech in four-man front or move outside in a three-man front on passing downs. Uses hands well.

ryan75342: Would be a lot higher if I thought we had a more realistic shot at him. His film may be the most impressive I've seen for a DT.