- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
The 2013 Michigan commitments have built some tight bonds, so it's no surprise that they’re in disbelief over the decommitment of David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) on Sunday.
That being said, the recruits also know that despite Dawson being ranked the No. 1 guard in the country he won't make or break the class.
"Obviously he's a good kid and if he feels that Michigan isn't where he wants to be then we wouldn't want him to come here if it's not what he wants," quarterback commit Shane Morris (Warren, Mich./De La Salle) said. "It's just one guy and he's obviously a big part of the class, but I'm sure there are still kids that want to come to Michigan."
The Wolverines still have four other offensive line commits ranked in the ESPN 150, so losing the No. 87 ranked player in the country is a little easier to swallow for Michigan fans. The offensive line commits had formed a close relationship, but they already know they need to move on and look forward.
"It was a very huge hit and I wish him the best," Logan Tuley-Tillman (Peoria, Ill./Manual) said. "I was literally just contacted by a 2013 offensive lineman that is a good friend of mine, so we'll be fine."
The commits have taken to hear the words of their future head coach, Brady Hoke. They believe in Hoke's statement that, "This is Michigan," and that they will be just fine.
"It's unfortunate that he decided to decommit, but we will be able to find a replacement for him," Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis) said. "Dawson is a great player, but if Michigan isn't for him then we'll find another offensive lineman that loves Michigan as much as me Logan, Chris Fox and Patrick Kugler do."
Before Michigan filled the offensive line spots in this class there were several top prospects interested. Some of those targets have committed elsewhere, including Ethan Pocic (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) to LSU and Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) to Notre Dame, but the Wolverines likely will look to fill the empty spot with another offensive lineman.
For the prospects and commitments this often goes beyond just recruiting. The Michigan commits have become friends and felt as though they were teammates, so naturally they are feeling as if they have lost a friend.
"I'm going to miss him. That was one of my boys, but I hope the best for him and he has to do what's best for his family," U-M defensive end commit Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central) said. "I don't think it will affect us, though. We were always a really close class."