Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines just closed out their 2016 recruiting class in impressive fashion and now the eyes of the fans turn to next season.
Michigan brought in some talented prospects at positions of need. Here are the ones who have the best chance to breakout early in Ann Arbor:
1. Defensive Tackle Rashan Gary (6-5, 293)
Gary, who was 2016's top prospect, is the name that most comes to mind in terms of college-ready prospects that have the ability to make a big splash right off the bat. He is a special talent that is physically up for the challenge and has the skill set to be a special player. He likely slides into Willie Henry's old spot and the Wolverines do not skip a beat on the defensive line.
2. Linebacker Devin Bush Jr. (5-11, 226)
Perhaps Michigan's biggest need heading into this fall is to replenish the linebackers on the roster. They have taken the steps to do so, but the door is left open for a young player to slide in and start early on. This is where Bush comes in. The early enrollee will get a shot to earn a starting job in spring practice and fall camp and play on the outside.
3. Running Back Kareem Walker (6-1, 203)
De'Veon Smith did a fine job as the starting running back in 2015, but the rushing attack certainly could use a shot in the arm. Walker, who was rated the top player at his position in 2016, is on campus already and could see a fair amount of carries early on in his college career. He has the perfect combination of power, vision and quickness that could make him successful in Harbaugh's offense.
4. Wide Receiver Ahmir Mitchell (6-3, 206)
Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh combined to be one of the best wide receiver duos in the Big Ten in 2015, but there was not much else proven depth behind them. That remains the same this season with multiple options as the third and fourth wide receivers. Mitchell would be the first in line of the young players to get a look because he is an early enrollee. Look for him to be a factor in the passing game.
5. Running Back Kingston Davis (6-1, 225)
Davis may be the biggest wild card of this group and is the fourth early enrollee featured, but his tape suggests he is physically ready to play at the next level and provide some more depth at running back. He has the look of a player that can move the chains in short yardage situations.
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