March 5, 2012

Young defensive tackle high on Michigan

Michigan's coaching staff has raced out to a hot start on the recruiting trail for the 2013 class, and although there's still a long way to Signing Day, that has allowed them to turn some focus to the Class of 2014. A handful of players have been offered, and some other sophomores could be close.

One player in the latter group is Mequon (Wisc.) Homestead defensive tackle Brandon Hines. The 6-2, 265-pounder has been in regular contact with the Michigan coaching staff, and the Wolverines like his game. Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison has reviewed his tape, and an offer could be coming soon.

Although Hines hasn't received an offer yet, it could be just a matter of time. He's trying to work out a trip to Michigan's campus, and thinks an offer could arrive when he's in Ann Arbor.

Michigan isn't the only school that has been in touch with Hines. The youngster hasn't received his first offer yet, but several schools are showing interest. Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are among the coaching staffs staying in touch.

When it comes time to make a decision - long down the road, since Hines won't put his name to a letter of intent until nearly two years from now - he'll certainly have plenty of options. He already has some of his criteria picked out for how he'll decide which college is right for him.

Another thing that could come into play is the team's recent success in recruiting. That could be a benefit for Michigan, which has built a strong core to the Class of 2013 with nearly 11 months to finish strong. Even better for Michigan, Hines has a couple connections to some future Wolverines.

The next development in Hines' recruitment will be his upcoming trip to Michigan. Although he's hoping to pick up an offer from Brady Hoke, don't expect that to spell an immediate commitment to the Wolverines. Hines plans to make a college decision this fall, during his junior football season.

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