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Mattison talks incessantly about a "Michigan Defense". What exactly is it's makeup? Can we catch a glimpse of it in Hoke's defensive recruiting so far?
Much like Alabama kicked our ass, we seem intent on kicking ass in the future. We might lose some games to teams with superior skill and speed in the future but opponents are going to take a physical pounding along the way.
I think we have a good idea what type of offense M is going to run in the coming seasons with big physical OL/TE , big receivers, and big RB's getting recruited en masse, but what about the defense?
Absent from recruiting on the defensive side of the ball is players with great speed. This doesn't seem to concern Hoke and Mattison at all. Hoke wasn't BS'ing when he talked about being physical at the point of attack and seems to be a primary focus of defensive recruiting
Linebackers is where Hoke's vision for M's defense is most evident. Looking at the recruits here now and coming in the future, they are all physical kids but not freak athletes
|Antonio Poole||LB||RS FR||6-2/224|
|Kaleb Ringer||LB||FR||6-1 231|
|James Ross III||LB||FR||6-0/225|
|Michae Ferns||LB||HS JR||6-3/235|
Defensive Tackles are big uglies by trade so no surprise here
Defensive Tackle recruiting:
|Maurice Hurst Jr.||DT||HS||6-2/305|
Defensive Ends, there appears to be a speed rusher on the way in Taco Charlton, but nobody on the roster at this point, though Frank Clark and Mario Ojemudia show promise. A couple of the D Ends seemed destined for the interior, though I know not who.
Defensive End recruiting:
|Keith Heitzman||DE||RS FR||6-3/270|
DB's: I am lumping Safety's and Corners together. A bigger more physical brand of safety is certainly on the way. Corner are coming in two kinds: Boundary and Field is how they are referred to, but again no speed burners in the group.
|Jarrod Wilson||S||FR||6-2 194|