September 26, 2011

Pair of Ohio linebackers planning to enroll in January

Michigan's 2012 recruiting class is impressive as a whole, but is most notable at two positions: offensive line and linebacker. The linebacker group may be a little bit more impressive come August 2012, because two of the committed players plan to enroll at Michigan in January and go through spring practice with the Wolverines.

Joe Bolden and Kaleb Ringer both hail from the Buckeye State, but both are chomping at the bit to put on the winged helmet for the first time.

The strength of the linebacker class in 2012 played a role in Ringer's decision. He knows the competition for playing time will be fierce, and the 6-0, 219-pound linebacker is trying to get every advantage possible to see the field.

Like Ringer, Bolden also decided to aim for early enrollment shortly after committing to Michigan.

He will start his Michigan career at middle linebacker, according to defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. Depth behind starter Kenny Demens - who will be a redshirt senior next year - is light, and Bolden wants the chance to contribute early. He has the size to do so, at 6-3 225 pounds.

If Bolden and Ringer can live up to the legacy of linebackers that Mattison has coached in the past, Michigan's defensive coordinator will be smiling right along with them.

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