Offensive tackle Ben Braden (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) was Michigan's first commitment in the 2012 class, all the way back in March. He's a monster along the line at 6-foot-7, 325 pounds, but Michigan fans haven't had much of a chance to see what he can do.
"He's kind of a brawler. He's big, powerful, and he's quick," Rockford coach Ralph Munger said. "He blocks well on the run inside and outside, and his pass protection technique is excellent. He's just a big old, rough, tough, lunch-pail type of young man."
Often when offensive linemen are Braden's size they end up beating their opponent based purely on their size. Munger said Braden knows that won't help him once he gets to the next level.