Following up from Wednesday's offense based post, here's a look at who the Wolverines are realistically targeting on the defensive side of the ball, and see when a decision might come:
- DT Ondre Pipkins: I'd say he's still the front runner for the presumed one DT spot left in this class, although Dan O'Brien is a very close second (see below). He visited for the first time for the BHBQQ and loved it, but it wasn't enough for him to commit early. His top group includes Michigan, Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee with UM as the favorites. All four will get an official visit, so a decision will probably come late in the season.
- DT Dan O'Brien: He's seen Michigan, he's seen the SEC schools. I'm not really sure why he's delaying his decision so much when there's only 1 spot left at Michigan. He's probably going to take his officials this fall to the likes of Tennessee, Florida and Alabama, maybe MSU and UM too. If I were to guess how it all unfolds, I'd say Pipkins to UM and O'Brien to Tennessee? Just a guess.
- DE Adolphus Washington: It's still hard to project Washington into this class when he hasn't even visited, but I still think he's pretty high on Michigan. They are bound to get an official visit, and are sure to be in his final group come January when he announces at the Under Armor AA game.
- CB Armani Reeves!: Surprised? I sure am. But multiple sources are saying that Michigan is recruiting Reeves again. With four DBs committed, I'm skeptical about why they want another CB when spaces in the class are low. Maybe Hoke isn't happy about what's already on campus! Whatever the reason, Michigan is back in the hunt, although they more than likely trail Notre Dame and Penn State at this stage.