Defensive talent abundant in Michigan

Updated: April 30, 2004, 12:45 PM ET
By Tom Lemming |
Editor's note: Look for Tom Lemming's 2004 Recruiting Road Trip reports every Tuesday and Friday.

DETROIT -- Although the Class of 2005 prospects in Michigan has just an average collection of offensive players, it's a different story on the other side of the ball.

In an above average year for defensive players, Muskegon's Terrance Taylor (6-1, 280) stands out on the defensive line. Ideally made for the nose tackle position, he's exceptionally quick, fundamentally sound and enormously strong. Taylor was double and sometimes triple teamed at all times last season and still earned first-team all-state honors. He is also considered one of the state's top heavyweight wrestlers and will be one of the favorites in the shot put the spring. Taylor is leaning to the Wolverines, but he has not given up on Michigan State, Purdue, LSU, Ohio State, Iowa and Miami.