The Michigan Wolverines‘ defense was good in 2012, ranking 13th nationally while giving up an average of 320 yards per game to opposing offenses. Michigan is hoping to get even better on defense in 2013, but that will take some strong play from youngsters as the Wolverines return six of 11 defensive starters from 2012. One of those holes was defensive tackle, where Jibreel Black‘s departure put the Wolverines in a bind until National Signing Day when four-star recruit Henry Poggi tweeted his commitment to Michigan.
Most everyone expected Poggi to play at Michigan, but it wasn’t a guarantee until National Signing Day when everyone saw his tweet. At 6’3″ and 260 pounds, Poggi has great size to play on the interior of the Wolverines’ defensive front in their 4-3 scheme. Expectations for that unit are extremely high heading into 2013, especially after Michigan’s defensive performance for the majority of 2012, and Poggi’s commitment ensures that there will be no gaping holes to fill in the Wolverines’ front seven.
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke has done a tremendous job putting together a top-five recruiting class in 2013 and the addition of Poggi just cements the fact he’s the right man to lead the Wolverines in their quest to become a national powerhouse once again. Defense wins championships, including conference and national, so Poggi’s play will have a major impact on whether or not Michigan can contend for the Big Ten title in 2013.