ANN ARBOR MI - JANUARY 12: New University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke talks during his introductory press confrence at the Junge Family Champions Center on January 12 2011 in Ann Arbor Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Michigan gained an incredible eight verbal commitments over the weekend.
Michigan football recruiting might have just had the best recruiting weekend anyone will have in this entire cycle -- and it's still February. The Wolverines hosted their Junior Day and brought in talent from all over the Midwest, landing commitments from an incredible eight (yes, eight) prospects.
Among the eight are four top offensive linemen, two tight ends, a defensive end and a defensive back.
Winning football starts up front, and that's where I'll start this recap. The top prize from the weekend was offensive lineman Logan Tuley-Tillman. Of Peoria (IL) Manual High School, Tuley-Tillman is a 6'7, 280 pound tackle prospect with a great frame and excellent athleticism to match. He is rated four-stars by most recruiting services and certainly has five-star potential.
Joining Tuley-Tillman is David Dawson, a top offensive line prospect out of Detroit's Cass Tech. Dawson played in Texas last year, and Michigan has to be happy about his move to the Motor City. At 6'5 and 305 pounds, Dawson is probably a guard at the next level, but tackle cannot be ruled out, either. He is rated four stars by most of the recruiting services.
Continuing with the tremendous offensive line haul, the Wolverines added Kyle Bosch, an athletic recruit out of Wheaten (IL) St. Francis High School. Bosch is 6'5 and 285 pounds, with room to fill out his frame and keep his athleticism. Like his other offensive line mates, he is rated four stars by most services. Maize and Brew has an excellent scouting report on Bosch.
And last, but certainly not least, is Parker Ponderosa High School line recruit Chris Fox from Colorado. Fox is a very solid 6'6 and 297 pounds. Fox appears to be a tough kid and is ideally suited for the right tackle position. He is also rated four stars.
But Michigan didn't just land offensive linemen. The Wolverines also pulled in defensive end Taco Charlton of Pickerington (OH) Central High School. At 6'6 and 240 pounds, Charlton has the athleticism needed to play on the edge and the frame to add weight and control the off-tackle run game. He is rated four stars by most recruiting services and you can read more about Charlton from Maize and Brew.
Two tight ends also signed up to play in Ann Arbor. Wyatt Shallman of Detroit Central Catholic is an impressive 6'3, 255-pound athlete, and is listed as such by most scouting services. Maize and Brew says Michigan intends to use him on offense as a big back and tight end. He looks strong and athletic in his film, and Michigan will certainly find a way to put the four-star recruit to work. Excellent tight end Jake Butt is the other half of this tight end tandem.
While Shallman is more of an h-back type, Pickerington High School's Butt is a traditional tight end. At 6'6 and 230 pounds, Butt should easily be able to add the power to play on the line by year two or three. Michigan is recruiting to play a pro-style power attack, and both four-star tight ends should be a big help down the line.
Wrapping up the class was another player from Detroit's Cass Tech, defensive back Jourdan Lewis. Lewis looks like a corner in his film, and at 5'11, 170 pounds, that's likely where he will end up. He is rated four stars.
Michigan now has 11 verbal commitments. Check out the MnB's Big Picture look and what last weekend's haul means for the rest of the 2013 recruiting cycle.