Freshmen Most Likely to Impact Michigan’s 2013 Season

#1. Dymonte Thomas DB

Unlike the others on this list, Thomas is the only player that already has a starting position locked down. An early enrollee, Thomas was able to secure the nickel back role during the spring and was one of the most impressive players during the spring period. Thomas has played safety for much of his career but is simply too talented for the coaches to keep Dymonte Thomas - Rivalsoff the field.

#2. Derrick Green RB

Green is the most highly touted of the group, widely regarded as the #1 high school RB in the country. Green is a sure to see the field this fall thanks to his unique blend of size, speed, and toughness. Green is also the prototype for the type of back the Michigan coaches want in the backfield and the most physically gifted runner on the roster. How much and how often Green plays will largely depend on how quickly he is able to pick up the intricacies of the offense and his willingness and ability to block. The Michigan coaches won’t risk the health of Devin Gardner by sending out a RB they don’t trust to protect the QB when needed.

#3. Jake Butt TE

Another early enrollee, Jake was able to get a jump on his fellow freshman by participating in winter workouts and spring practice. Like Devin Funchess, Jake is a natural pass catcher who is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Michigan’s desire to use multiple TEs on the field at the same time will result in Jake seeing a fair amount of playing time this fall. As with Funchess a year ago however, Jake’s physical limitations as a blocker will keep him from seeing extending time in every situation.

#4. Shane Morris QB

Jake Butt - ISportsWebThe physical nature of the game of football combined with the dual-threat ability of Devin Gardner will eventually lead to Shane Morris seeing the field in some capacity. Whether it is for a series during a game or a series of games is yet to be seen but for better or worse, Shane Morris will have an impact on the 2013 Michigan football team in some way. From a purely physical standpoint, Morris is the most gifted thrower of the football that has seen Michigan roster is over a decade. Whenever it is he sees the field there are certain to be moments of brilliance combined with the typical freshman mistakes that Michigan fans experienced with freshman QBs like Chad Henne and Tate Forcier. Morris has been preparing to be the Michigan QB since childhood. At this point it is a question of when not if Morris has an impact on Michigan.

#5. Ross Douglas DB

A common theme with this list is the presence of early enrollees. Recruits who are able to enroll at Michigan early stand at a distinct advantage when it comes to seeing the field early and Ross is no exception. While a bit undersized, Ross flashed exceptional instincts in the spring and the lack of depth in the secondary gives him quite the opportunity to see the field. Ross will likely see most of his early playing time on special teams but an injury or poor performance from a player ahead of him on the depth chart could see him thrust into action sooner rather than later.

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2013 Big Ten Recruiting Rankings (8/1/2012)

Monthly Big Ten (& Notre Dame) Recruiting Rankings (Last Month: July):

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Added four star Ross Douglas (CB-OH) just days after his de-commitment from Penn State.

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Added four star prospects Alex Anzalone (LB-PA) and Jamel James (RB-TX).  (Editor Note: Anzalone was a previous O$U Commit.)

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Added three star prospects Taivon Jacobs (WR-MD) and Tim Gardner (OT-IN).

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The 2013 Michigan Football Recruiting Early Elite 11

With the commitment from 2013 Elite Quarterback Shane Morris the Michigan coaching staff is obviously taking a look into the near future. To keep you up to date here is a list of players from the class of 2013 to keep a close eye on. These prospects either have Michigan offers or have expressed high interest in the maize and blue!  It is NEVER too early!

Shane Morris – Warren, MI – De La Salle HS

Quarterback – OFFERED – COMMITTED

6’3” 190

101 completions – 184 attempts – 1,139 passing yards – 14 TD – 5 INT

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Wyatt Shallman – Novi, MI – Detroit CC

Running Back – OFFERED

6’3” 250

53 carries – 354 yards – 6 TD – 3 catches – 35 yards – 32 tackles – 1 sack – 1 safety

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Derrick Burgess – Cleveland, OH – Cleveland CC

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