O-line backbone of signing class

Coaches see bright futures, maybe early playing time for strong group led by Kalis

Updated: February 1, 2012, 5:20 PM ET
By Chantel Jennings | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Brady Hoke likes to say the game is played in the trenches, on the offensive and defensive lines. He said the offensive line was a place he identified as necessary to recruit more bodies because there were only eight offensive linemen on scholarship when he arrived at Michigan. He prefers to have anywhere from 14 to 16.

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William WilkersonU.S. Army All-American Kyle Kalis is eager to help Michigan get back to playing smashmouth football.
So he focused on recruiting there during his first full year as coach. As a result, he was able to pick up four players -- Kyle Kalis, Blake Bars, Ben Braden and Erik Magnuson -- who make up one of the deepest Michigan offensive line classes in recent memory.