Recruiting Mailbag

Baltimore, Md., DT Henry Poggi is one prospect that Michigan is hoping fills its open slots on the defensive line. Courtesy of Maggie Thomas

WolverineNation runs a recruiting mailbag feature every week and conducts a live chat in the weeks when the mailbag doesn't run.

Here's a look at this week's questions from the readers:

Q: Jacqui, New York: Do you think the coaching staff will be taking commitments first-come, first-served from defensive line prospects, or do those open spots get allocated to ‘X’ number of defensive ends and ‘Y’ number of defensive tackles?

A: I believe that you will most likely only see two, maybe three, more defensive linemen in this class. So to start there aren’t many spots open, which makes it tough to designate a certain number to each spot.

The coaching staff took ten defensive linemen between the 2011 and 2012 classes, and have one committed already with defensive end Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central).

Charlton will likely play at the weakside defensive end position, as will Mario Ojemudia from the 2012 class. Both those prospects will provide a few things the coaches want to gain, including speed and athleticism.

With this class you are most likely looking at a defensive tackle, and then potentially someone more versatile that could be a three-technique defensive tackle, or five-technique defensive end.

A main target for the latter is Henry Poggi (Baltimore/Gilman), who is extremely versatile along the line and could help out in a few different ways.

To answer your question, though, I think the staff has a good grasp on what they’re looking for and who they would like to fill that spot. So I don’t think it’s necessarily first-come, first-served here. There are a few prospects that probably fit the bill for what the coaches want to fill out that position group.