2013: Michigan Loaded with Defensive Linemen

Luke Maclean

The current sophomore class in the state of Michigan looks like it will have a handful of big time defensive line prospects. Here is a look on tape at four that we think stand out.

  • Luke Maclean - Grand Blanc
    Maclean has made a name for himself this off-season and I went back and looked at the tape and he should have been getting more attention during the year. At 6'3, 240-lbs, he played middle linebacker, defensive end, outside linebacker, whatever was asked of him. Obviously, with two years to go, I expect him to continue grow and ultimately be a defensive end, but he's aggressive, strong and a great blitzer.

    Junior Highlights (#55) -

  • Kenton Gibbs - Detroit Cass Tech
    Cass has had some good defensive linemen over the last few years. Gibbs isn't a Will Campbell type, he's more of a disruptor and a penetrator than a big body that will tie up blockers like Will. Gibss is 6'2, 265-lbs and very quick off the ball. He's agile, and beats linemen with his lateral movement. He's getting stronger, and that improved bull rush was noted at the recent Midwest Showcase. He's going to have a lot of schools recruiting him.

    Camp Highlights -
    Junior Year vs Southeastern (#73) -

  • Wyatt Shallman - Detroit Catholic Central
    The 6'3, 248-lb Shallman could be a fullback or defensive lineman at the next level. Since fullback is not a position every school uses, we're projecting him as a tackle, where he played last year. He's a very good player. He's aggressive and has a quick first step. Toledo, Syracuse, Penn State, Notre Dame and Bowling Green have all shown interest and invited him to campus, and we think that's just the beginning.

    Sophomore Highlights (#49) -

  • Jon Reschke - Birmingham Brother Rice
    The 6'2, 205-lb Reschke had a big sophomore year and did so against top competition in the Catholic League (as Shallman did). Colorado, Northwestern, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Penn State, and Toledo, are among the schools who have already shown interest. He needs to get bigger, but he's a great pass rusher with a fine spin move and good closing speed. I think he'll end up as a hybrid type pass rusher who can drop into coverage as well.

    Sophomore Highlights - (#48) -

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