Meet the 2013 Michigan Wolverines Recruiting Class

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Brady Hoke Rebuilding the Wolverines

Brady Hoke
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The Michigan Wolverines are in a transition phase. The boys in maize n' blue are still fresh off the two worst seasons in school history in 2008 and 2009 but the turn around is upon us. Brady Hoke is in his second season as the head coach for the Wolverines, and Michigan fans should feel confident with their new pilot. The 2013 recruiting class is arguably one of the best in the country and it appears Hoke's presence helped. The class is deep on defense, obnoxiously strong at the offensive-line position, and features one of the nation's best quarterbacks, Shane Morris.

When the Wolverines hired Rich Rodriguez, the program changed from a pro-style offensive to a spread offense. The 2008 season was a disaster as the team went 3-9. The departure of quarterback Ryan Mallet, who didn't want to play in a spread-offense, and wide-receivers Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington can be attributed to the poor season as the team lacked everything on offense.

The following season saw Michigan end with a 5-7 record, missing a bowl game for the second year in a row.

2010 was the first year Denard Robinson would start at quarterback and the team went 7-5. After the worst loss in Wolverine history, a 52-14 embarrassment against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl, Rich Rodriguez was fired.

January 11th, 2011 - The Brady Hoke era had begun.

Hoke lead Michigan back in the right direction after an 11-2 debut season record, including an epic night game victory over rivals the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and a Sugar Bowl victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Michigan fans started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This 2012 season will be the last we see of the flashy Denard Robinson, and he will surely be missed by many Wolverine fans. But the incoming class shows promise and depth, something Michigan has lacked over the last few years. Let's take a look at the 2013 incoming class.

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The Future of the Defense

Mike McCray
Photo Courtesy Of Hokes Mad Magicians Blog (Pictured - Mike McCray)

Ironically, a few of the standout defensive recruits for the Wolverines are from Ohio. I am sure Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer can't be too fond of this, but there is nothing he can do.

Mike McCray, pictured above, is a line-backer from Trotwood, Ohio who stands 6'4 and weighs 230 pounds. McCray is arguably one of the top ten line-backers in the country and it just so happens his dad played at Ohio State. That alone makes this a win for Wolverines fans. McCray is athletic and will excel in pass coverage as he has had a knack for intercepting balls in high school.

Another recruit from Ohio who is coming to help Brady Hoke on defense is safety Dymonte Thomas. Thomas is one of the top ten safeties in the country and has great size at 6'2, 192 pounds.

Perhaps the most valuable recruit the Wolverines have on defense is defensive-tackle Henry Poggi. Poggi is 6'4, 260 pounds and says his inspiration is Haloti Ngata. Pretty good inspiration for a defensive-tackle. The Baltimore, Maryland native was one of the top 100 recruits in the country.

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Taco Charlton, Defensive-End

Taco Charlton
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Taco Charlton may be the hidden gem of the 2013 Michigan Wolverines recruiting class. Charlton plays defensive-end and has all the tools to become a dominant pass-rusher. At 6'6, 240 pounds, Charlton has size, length, and speed that should have Michigan fans excited.

Taco does need to bulk up so his run-defense can improve at the next level, but at least Wolverines will not be playing against him when they play the Ohio State Buckeyes. Charlton is from Pickerington, Ohio, and will be committing home-town on home-town crime on future Buckeye quarterbacks.

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Gotta' Love The Local Recruits

Local Recruits
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It's always a bonus when you can generate talent within your home state. The Wolverines have multiple recruits who hail from Michigan, two of which appear to be extremely talented.

Defensive-back Jourdan Lewis, pictured above, is a star for the Detroit Cass Tech High School team. Lewis is one of the top twenty corner-backs in the country, and will certainly help the Wolverines, especially in zone-coverage formations.

Another local talent for the Wolverines is David Dawson, who will likely play offensive-guard. Dawson, like Lewis, attends Detroit Cass Tech High School and is ranked top ten in his position nationally. Dawson will add more depth to an already deep offensive-line class.

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A Stout Offensive-Line

Patrick Kugler
Photo Courtesy Of MichiganTremendous.com (Pictured - Patrick Kugler)

Undoubtedly the biggest strength of this recruiting class is the offensive-line recruits. Brady Hoke was not messing around when it came to building a solid line for the future. Michigan is bringing in a new quarterback who will most likely start as a true freshmen, and Hoke wants to protect his future investment with a stellar line.

Patrick Kugler, pictured above, headlines this incoming o-line. Kugler, 6'5, 280 pounds, is one of the best offensive-tackles in the country and has a football pedigree. His father, Sean Kugler is the offensive-line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Fox, Logan Tuley-Tillman, and Kyle Bosch will accompany Kugler as the four monster offensive-tackles. These three all stand taller than 6'5 and weigh over 300 pounds. Can you say stout?

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Shane Morris is the Franchise

Shane Morris
Photo Courtesy Of Fergodsakes Blog (Pictured - Shane Morris)

Shane Morris is the future. He is the one five-star recruit Michigan was able to bring aboard and he is just in time. As I said before, Denard Robinson is playing out his last few games as a Wolverine and it appears Morris will likely be the team's starter as a true freshman.

The lefty stands 6'3, weighs 202 pounds and plays his high school ball for De La Salle in Michigan. Morris is comfortable throwing on the run and arm strength is not an issue.

If the incoming offensive-line live up to the expectations, Morris could become scary good at the next level, and potentially lead the Wolverines back to the promise land.

Paul Bentley is a contributor to Rant Sports. Follow Bentley on Twitter at @KKingBentley or read more work from him right here!

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