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Michigan Gets Another Offensive Linemen; 4-Star OT Mason Cole Commits to Wolverines

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Michigan already had the best collection of offensive lineman in this year’s recruiting class with the most players inside the top-10 for a second consecutive year, and on Monday added another outstanding recruit with the commitment of Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, FL. East Lake).

“Yes I have joined the #WolverineFamily. Newest commit to the University of Michigan! I want to thank everyone thats helped me! #GoBlue

Cole committed to the Wolverines after spending the weekend in Ann Arbor, and the consensus four-star recruit 6’5″ 275 pound tackle is now the fourth commit for the class of 2014. His upside is tremendous as he can play either tackle or guard.

The return of All-American tackle Taylor Lewan and the attention he garnered after a dominating junior season has caught the eye of high school lineman, and Brady Hoke has been able to sell potential recruits on being the next Lewan and the ability to help them develop into potential NFL draft picks.

Focusing on the offensive line is a necessity with the shift toward a pro-style offense, and the recruiting class of 2013 is evidence that the power running game will be a staple of the Wolverines offensive attack moving forward. Incoming freshmen star running back Derrick Green and No. 1 fullback Wyatt Shallman will bring a smash mouth philosophy back to Michigan after operating under a spread attack the past few seasons with Denard Robinson as the primary quarterback.

Coupled with the signing of top-three quarterback prospect Shane Morris, who could be the next in a long line of successful Michigan quarterbacks, the offense looks to have the makings of a classic Michigan team that will impose their collective will on opposing defenses.

I think Bo Schembechler is somewhere in heaven smiling at the thought of that.

The early commitment of Cole now allows him to recruit his high school teammates and Michigan targets Artavis Scott and George Campbell as they try to lead East Lake to state title.

If I’m a Michigan fan, I’m ecstatic with getting Cole out of Florida. The fact that he wants to be a Michigan Man gives me a lot of confidence in Hoke’s ability to recruit and work towards a high powered pro-style offense.

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