Commentary

Illinois linemen top recruiting priority

Land of Lincoln is land of big men in 2013 class, and Wolverines are hot on trail

Updated: February 8, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
By Tom VanHaaren | WolverineNation
Successful recruiting for Michigan has always included the Midwest. The foundation of some of the best recruiting classes for the Wolverines has been prospects from Michigan and its surrounding states.

Coach Brady Hoke and his staff have emphasized that their game plan will be to recruit in-state first, then the Midwest and then nationally. The coaching staff proved that on paper by signing nine prospects from the state of Michigan, 10 recruits from neighboring Midwest states and six from outside the Midwest in the 2012 class.