The Campbell-Washington swap is bad news because it further depletes the depth on the OL. Q. Washington is a RS freshman while Campbell is a sophomore, so unless Campbell redshirts, he's yet another player on the OL that will depart after the 2012 season. The coaching staff is setting themselves up for some serious concerns going beyond that. I admit this is premature, but I also think its reasonable. Here's my logic:
2012 - the OL should be a team strength, as its is in 2010 and 2011.
T: Lewan (JR), Schofield (JR)
G: Omameh (SR), Barnum (SR) Mealer (SR) Campbell (SR)
C: Khoury (SR), Pace (SO)
Two things to notice: very little depth at OT (though Barnum appears able to move around) and a lot of seniors, which means bad things for 2013.
T: Lewan (SR) Schofield (SR)
C: Pace (JR)
With Q Washington's presumed move to DL to address current depth problems, the long-term OL depth is further depleted. Only 3 OL would remain from the last two recruiting classes. You want upperclassmen on your OL, even moreso than at other positions. Lewan, Schofield and Pace would be the only upperclassmen on the OL, and this assumes no further attrition
Obviously, recruiting has to fill the gaps here, but to what extent can we count on the 2011 and 2012 class to do so?
The 2012 recruiting class won't help in 2012 and will be RS freshman in 2013. Usually RS freshman don't play, but occasionally there are superstars like Lewan who can do this well. These people are rare. We can't count on this happening again.
The 2011 class (RS freshman in 2012) may not get much experience behind a veteran unit in 2012, but will be needed in 2013, many of them will be counted on to be starters as RS sophomores.
OL is THE critical recruiting concern for the 2011 class. These players, particularly the OGs, almost HAVE to pan out for Michigan to have a chance of being competitive in 2013. For those who want to argue that this is all premature and alot of things can happen, what do you see fixing the situation? More position switches from the DL? Transfers? JUCOs? Another Lewan/Long type in the 2012 class?
There will be next to no returning experience on the 2013 OL. We absolutely NEED Miller, Fisher, Posada and whoever else joins them (Bryant, Zettell, ?) to stick around and develop.
I know its popular to hope for hyped recruits to be saviors on the defensive but the long-term depth there looks great compared to OL. The coaching staff has put themselves into a corner. I'd really like to see them recruit a minimum of 5 OL with maybe a guy like Zettel who can play either side added into the mix in case things don't work as hoped with some of the others.