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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Michigan's 2013 OL haul is much needed

By Tom VanHaaren

With six offensive line commitments, the Michigan coaching staff has turned a weakness into a strength. It's no secret that Michigan's offensive line was an area of concern in the 2012 season and it's easy to see the coaches were interested in fixing that problem.

Part of the issue came from past recruiting classes, with attrition and lack of bodies forcing Michigan into a tough situation with the front line. There are only four offensive linemen left on Michigan's roster from the 2009. 2010 and 2011 classes. Considering Michigan now has six in the 2013 class alone, that is a staggering number.

To compare those numbers with Brady Hoke's recruiting haul, the Wolverines now have seven offensive linemen committed between the 2012 and 2013 classes ranked as four-star prospects, six of whom are within the ESPN 300.

Not only is Michigan bringing in numbers, but the quality is also there.

Dan Samuelson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) is the most recent offensive line commit after flipping from his Nebraska commitment. At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Samuelson will likely be able to play tackle or guard, and because he is the sixth offensive linemen in the class, he will likely be the last.

Michigan was targeting Cal commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), but Hunt wants to take a few more visits before making a decision. With roughly three spots left in the 2013 class, there isn't much room left even if Michigan were to accept his commitment.

The Michigan coaches have done an excellent job bringing in a versatile group of prospects within this position group as well. Patrick Kugler is slotted to play center, David Dawson and Kyle Bosch at guard and Logan Tuley-Tillman and Chris Fox at tackle. There is essentially a full balanced line that has been committed in this one class, which bodes well for Michigan's future depth.