Michigan Wolverines Football Recruiting: Brady Hoke Building for Success With Top 2014 Class

By Barry Leonard Jr
Michigan Wolverines Football
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The Michigan Wolverines, led by head coach Brady Hoke, are doing a great job of  building for future success. Hoke put together a consensus top five class for 2013, and things are already headed that way for 2014. The Wolverines currently have 11 commitments, with some being among the top at their position. Michigan is ranked as high as No. 1 by some recruiting services.

Six of the 11 recruits are listed on the offensive side of the ball, led by Drake Harris. He’s a 4-star wide receiver from Grand Rapids, Michigan who chose the in-state Wolverines over other big schools such as Alabama, Oregon and Ohio State.  Harris displayed great hands during his junior season, racking up an amazing 2,015 receiving yards with 23 touchdowns.

Tight end Ian Bunting is a top tight end who will also add talent to the Michigan passing attack. He’s the next highest ranked offensive recruit in the Wolverine’s class behind Harris. Standing at 6-7, Bunting will make a big target for his quarterback, especially in the middle of the field.

4-star offensive lineman Mason Cole is a talented pass-blocker who will likely line up at the tackle position. He’ll provide solid protection for whoever is under center for the Wolverines in the future.  Rounding out the offensive recruits are lineman Juwan Bushell-Beatty, wide receiver Maurice Ways and quarterback Wilton Speight, who’s one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the class.

For as impressive as the recruit list looks on offense, it may be even better on defense.

5-star defensive back Jabrill Peppers highlights the class, as he’s easily one of the top overall recruits in the country.  Peppers is a two-way standout at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. He rushed for 1,552 yards with 18 touchdowns this past season. While those numbers are impressive, he’ll make his home on defense, as he’s an impressive defender who has the potential to be a star cornerback at the next level.

Defensive tackle Bryan Mone is another recruit who’s near the top of his position. Already weighing over 300 pounds, the 4-star recruit is one who could develop into a dominant force on the line for the Wolverines.

With 4-star defensive end Lawrence Marshall, and linebackers Michael Ferns and Chase Winovich also set to join the defense, Michigan looks to be set on that side of the ball moving forward.

With so much talent already committed to Michigan and even more being targeted, Hoke has the Wolverines in a great position to compete at a high level for the next several years.


Barry Leonard Jr. is a Big 10 Football Writer   for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @barryleonardjr, “Like” him on Facebook   or add him to your network on Google.

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