2014 Recruiting: What’s Next? (Defense)

Michigan inked a very impressive 2013 recruiting class and the 2014 class in starting to take shape as well. So far the Maize and Blue have verbal commitments from Wilton Speight (3* QB – Virginia), Drake Harris (5* WR – Michigan), Juwan Bushell-Beatty (4* OT – New Jersey), Mason Cole (4* OG – Florida), Michael Ferns (4* LB – Ohio) and Brian Mone (4* DT – Utah). The Wolverines also picked-up Brady Pallante (NR DT – Florida) who received a greyshirt offer, which means he’ll count against either the 2014 class or the 2015 class depending on how the numbers shake out.

Defensive End (1-2)

Again, depth is being built especially at tDaShawn-Hand-Touch-the-Banner1he SDE position. WDE is coming along as well, but a blue chop pass rusher would go a long way into solidifying this unit.

Da’Shawn Hand – 6’5” 260lbs. Woodbridge, VA. The #1 guy on my board had a great visit back in March and has Michigan in his top 5 schools along with Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Hand is a absolute beast finishing his 2012 season with with 110 tackles, 16 sacks, 40(!!!!!) tackles for loss, two pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He’s big enough and athletic enough to play either end position, or possibly even slide inside in pass rushing situations. He’s said a few times that the Michigan staff as a whole is his favorite, but the thought right now is that Hokies may have the slight edge. There is still a ways to go, but things look pretty good with Da’Shawn as of today.

Joseph Henderson – 6’4” 220lbs. Cleveland, OH. Michigan offered him a long time ago and things seemed to be a little hot at the time. He has visited UM at least 3 times, but I haven’t heard his name in quite a long time. In my opinion he’s waiting for an Ohio offer, so we’ll kind of see how it plays out over the next few months. He’d likely end up at the WDE spot, but might have enough athleticism to play the SAM position as well.

Lawrence Marshall – 6’4” 215lbs. Southfield, MI. The former Ohio commit will soon cut his list down to a few schools and although MSU might have a slim advantage, Michigan is right there as well. I’m not as high on him as some others, but he’s be a nice addition at the WDE spot. Marshall on weighs around 215 so a red-shirt would be likely.

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Stadium Journey: Michigan Stadium

We as Michigan fans have always had a sense of pride whenever we walk around Ann Arbor on game day.  We hear the planes flying, people laughing, and footballs being thrown around.  Whether you park on the golf course across the street, in Pioneer High School’s parking lot, or on someone’s lawn and pay, we all just can’t wait to get inside the biggest college football stadium in the NCAA.  Yeah, we hold the right to state we have a big home, and have had the biggest hockey game, which I must add we won convincingly.  Nevertheless, most of us are so focused on minimal elements that make up our home, and as Michigan fans, we hold this place dearly.  I was recently approached by an individual from Stadium Journey who scours the country and does very thorough reviews on stadiums across the nation.  I would have to say, speaking for us all, before I even read it, I didn’t know exactly what to expect.  After reading what Paul Swaney wrote, I felt even more empowered to be a Wolverine fan and a UMGoBlog staff member because while we may be biased to a team, the great review we got, and even kind words, made me feel as a Wolverine fan, well, valued.

So with all this said I would like all of you to take the time to head on over to Stadium Journey and read everything they had to say, and even if you feel they may have missed out on something, please comment.  If you believe they did a great job, please state that as well.  Lastly, don’t be hesitant to see any other venues they have reviewed because obviously we all like to travel to other places to watch games, and this great website could be a great asset in assisting you to ensure you know exactly what to expect.

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