Saturday, December 15, 2012
Michigan still has options in 2013 class
By Tom VanHaaren
With the commitments of offensive lineman David Dawson and defensive back Delano Hill on Saturday, Michigan has landed seven prospects from Detroit Cass Tech High School since the 2009 class. It's nothing new for Michigan fans, since the program continues to produce top talent year in and year out.
Dawson, the No. 1 ranked guard and ESPN 150 prospect, took an alternate route but finds himself back in Michigan's 2013 class.
He's back because he initially committed to the Wolverines in February, but decided he wanted to take a visit to Florida. That goes against Michigan coach Brady Hoke's no-visit policy for commitments and the two split ways only for Dawson to realize that he wanted to stay closer to home and his family.
Dawson lost his father over the summer, so it's no surprise that Dawson was unsure of what college he wanted to attend, let alone any other big decisions he needed to make. He and the Michigan coaches had a detailed conversation about Dawson's emotions and what was behind his decision making, which is why Dawson was once again a Michigan target.
This commitment gives Michigan five offensive line commits, all of whom are within the ESPN 150, but it doesn't necessarily mean the coaches are done recruiting linemen. The coaching staff is targeting Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) and recently offered Tennessee commit Dan Skipper (Arvada, Colo./Ralston Valley).
The Wolverines are well stocked in the secondary in the 2013 class, but they would make room for Leon McQuay III.
There is still a possibility, depending on what other commitments Michigan can gain, that another offensive lineman could be added to this class. Depth has been an issue for the Wolverines and those issues have been addressed in recruiting. The coaches have secured seven four-star offensive linemen between 2012 and 2013, six of whom are ESPN 150 prospects.
The commitment of Hill gives Michigan five defensive back commitments in the 2013 class and four safeties between 2012 and 2013.
Since Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), the No. 3 ranked safety, is such a high-level prospect, it would make sense for Michigan to continue targeting him. Especially because both Hill and McQuay are versatile enough that they could play multiple positions within Greg Mattison's defense.
There was obvious attention put on the defensive back position for this class, but was also apparent the coaches still wanted more as Hill only recently received a Michigan offer. The former Iowa commit was offered, visited on Friday and decided to commit in what seemed like one fell swoop.
With targets including Wisconsin commit Marcus Ball (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) at linebacker, running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage), safety Reon Dawson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), it will be interesting to see how this class finishes for Michigan.
Michigan still has three available spots left in the 2013 class. Given that there is likely to be more attrition, the max number will most likely give Michigan four more spots when all is said and done. That doesn't mean they will fill all the spots, but the ideal situation for Michigan seems to be adding another linebacker along with Green and then most likely the best available from there.