New Michigan Man: TE Luke Schoonmaker Commits to Michigan

In every couple of class, there’s a surprise commitment that comes completely out of left field. It can come from a camp offer, like Benjamin St-Juste. Or it can come from a unknown offered recruit that drops a commitment out of the blue. And that’s what just happened for the 2018 class as Hamden (CT) TE Luke Schoonmaker has committed to Michigan.

Commitment

Scouting Report

Though there isn’t much tape on the latest commitment, in the limited footage that is available, Schoonmaker shows off his athleticism, size and natural talent throughout. Most of his tape is at quarterback, which he isn’t too bad of a prospect. But his tight end tape and combine camp tape is impressive. He has higher end speed for a tight end, good agility and good hands. His game reminds me of a bit of 2018 recruit and Miami commit, Will Mallory.

Could this be another underrated steal? There aren’t many football coaches in the world that know the tight end position better than Jim Harbaugh. With time in the weight room and cafeteria, Schoonmaker could have a very nice career in the Maize and Blue.

Recruitment

Like previously mentioned, Schoonmaker was completely a surprise commitment. So, his recruitment story is a short one as the athletic big man told Scout’s Brian Dohn that the staff liked his speed and athleticism, as well as Harbaugh’s coaching abilities ($). It looks like there wasn’t much that could stop him from committing to Michigan once he received his offer and green light from the staff.

  • Height: 6’6”
  • Weight: 225lbs
  • Hometown (School): Hamden, CT (Hamden Hall)
  • Notable Offers: Indiana, Temple, UConn, Rutgers, Navy
  • Rankings: Scout (N/A) – Rivals (N/A) – 247 (3*, #32 TE) – ESPN (N/A)
  • Composite Ranking: N/A

Highlights

As for the Rest of the Class

Schoonmaker is the 11th overall commitment in this class, first tight end commitment and the first commitment out of Connecticut. But he may not be the last for either as Michigan is in fantastic position for TE Mustapha Muhammad and looks to be in very good shape with TE Luke Ford as well. Though some believe Schoomaker’s commitment may mean Michigan is only going to take one more tight end, it wouldn’t shock me at all to see the staff attempt to sign three tight ends in this class.

As for Connecticut, though he’s not from the state originally, DB Josh Jobe is playing his senior year at Cheshire Academy and looks to be a priority recruit for the staff. He’s committed to Miami, and has been for a long time but Alabama and UM are pushing. It’ll be interesting to see who wins out in the end.

Not to mention, Schoonmaker is a decent quarterback prospect as well. Could possibly (partially) fill the need for a second QB in this class.

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