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@TomLuginbill hey Tom. You considering making Bryan Mone DT a 5*? Best DT out West.
— Hasson (@Hall09Hasson) August 28, 2013
At this time, we are not. This defensive tackle class as a whole is not as talented in our opinion as some in the past. Also, Michigan commit Bryan Mone is more of a two-gap occupier who can anchor at the point of attack and can be disruptive more often than not, but he is not a quick-twitch penetrator like LSU's Anthony Johnson or Arizona State's Will Sutton who is going to explode off the ball with low pad level, get skinny and consistently get in the backfield.
To be considered for five-star status in, you have to have most or all of those traits. However, so much of a player's success at the next level comes down to whether he made the right choice of school and in this instance, Mone certainly did. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison wants size and strength. He wants to stop the run and allow the linebackers to be a force. Mone fits this mold perfectly. Conversely, if Mone had committed to a school that wanted smaller, more explosive guys, he would likely not be in the best environment for his skill set. At Michigan, he will be. We like Mone, we invited him early to the Under Armour game and will be able to really gauge him against others who can challenge him.
Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs. @TomLuginbill hey Tom.