2019 Football Commits

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Check out the full list of Michigan’s 2019 football commitments:

1. ILB: Charles Thomas, 6’0” 225lbs. Fairburn, GA (IMG Academy)

Thomas is a big timer. He’s one of the most physically impressive recruits in the class and should only continue to grow into a freak athlete with time at IMG and in Ann Arbor. His athleticism, instincts and physical playing style should make him an early contributor, fan favorite, and future “Dude” for Don Brown’s defense throughout his collegiate career.

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  • Commitment Date: 6/24/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • Rankings: Rivals (3*, #28 OLB) – 247Sports (4*, #275 overall) – ESPN (4*, #293 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-Star, #390 Overall, #16 ILB, #54 in Georgia

2. OG: Nolan Rumler, 6’4” 300lbs. Akron, OH (Archbishop Hoban) 

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Photo Credit: 247Sports.com

Rumler is one of those old-school offensive lineman that Michigan has been known to have throughout the years. Since his freshmen year of high school, he’s been a dominant, physical road grader and has continued to improve into a more well-rounded lineman since then. Though there’s plenty of time to go until he actually enrolls at Michigan, he has the look of a multiple year starter in the Maize and Blue. Whether that’s at guard or tackle is remained to be seen.

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  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #110 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #156 overall) – ESPN (4*, #180 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #129 Overall, #5 OG, #3 in Ohio

3. DE: Stephen Herron, 6’4” 235lbs. Louisville, KY (Trinity) 

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Photo Credit: Scout.com

Though only about to go into his junior year, Herron is one of the best defensive ends in the class. He’s a bit raw still but his mix of size, quickness and athleticism has scouts really excited about his potential at the next level. He clearly has room to grow as he matures through the rest of his high school career and collegiate career but he shows off that nose for the ball instinct that you just can’t coach as well as a rip move that works on the regular in both padded game and non-padded camp settings. Always looking to add dynamic pass rushers to the depth chart, Greg Mattison has to be ecstatic about this addition.

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  • Commitment Date: 7/29/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #51 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #140 overall) – ESPN (4*, #137 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star #84 overall, #6 WSDE, #1 in Kentucky

4. DL: Chris Hinton, 6’4” 275lbs. Norcross, GA (Greater Atlanta Christian) 

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Photo Credit: GACSpartans.com

Hinton is one of the best high school football players in the country, regardless of class. His mix of size, strength, athleticism, and physicality makes him a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball. But it’s not just his physical talents that make him stand out. Being the son of a former NFL standout definitely hasn’t hurt as he has a nose for the ball and an understanding of the game that truly separates him from the rest. Though he’s expected to come in as a defensive end, he could easily grow into a defensive tackle. Either way, he should be a good one.

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  • Commitment Date: 8/5/17
  • First on BGRC: June 2017
  • RankingsRivals (5*, #13 overall) – 247Sports (4*, #26 overall) – ESPN (4*, #38 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Five-star, #16 overall, #2 SDE, #3 in Georgia

5. OL: Trente Jones, 6’5” 290lbs. Loganville, GA (Grayson) 

Trente Jones 247Sports

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Jones is a big, physical lineman that played the majority of his snaps on the right side of the line. He shows good bend and athleticism throughout his junior tape, excelling most on run blocking as he just physically dominates a lot of defensive ends. And though that’s normally not too big of a shocker for a 6’5” 290lb high schooler, Jones and Grayson HS play against some of the best programs in one of the most talented states in the country on a weekly basis. He still has plenty to work on as he’s pretty raw as a prospect, like most lineman, but he also has all of the physical features and tenacity to develop into a good lineman in college.

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  • Commitment Date: 2/21/18
  • First on BGRC: February 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #418 overall) – ESPN (4*, #157 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #290 Overall, #32 OT, #30 in Georgia

6. QB: Cade McNamara, 6’1” 185lbs. Reno, NV (Damonte Ranch) 

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

Photo Credit: Cade McNamara/Twitter

McNamara’s skill set matches his offer list. He isn’t the biggest, fastest, strongest armed quarterback but he excels in all of those aspects. With a similar style to other shorter, not super-athletic, pocket passing quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Jake Fromm, he shows off fantastic pocket awareness and the ability to make all the throws.throughout his tape. That includes throws from different levels, angles, with pressure, and on the run. He still has to tighten up his mechanics and decision making under pressure but you can see why the top programs and coaches in the country offered him.

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  • Commitment Date: 3/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (4*, #9 Pro-QB) – 247Sports (4*, #311 overall) – ESPN (4*, #240 overall)
  • Composite Ranking: Four-star, #257 Overall, #10 Pro-QB, #1 in Nevada

7. DE: Gabe Newburg, 6’5” 230lbs. Clayton, OH (Northmont) 

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Photo Credit: Hudl.com

Newburg may only be rated a three-star prospect but his mix of size, strength, and tenacity makes him a very promising prospect.  Add in his go-to spin move, that gives offensive lineman fits, and his quick first step, and he’s a guy who could be a nice addition to Greg Mattison’s defensive line depth. With an elite frame and a wrestling background, time spent in the weight room and with the coaching staff could turn him into a productive force in pass rushing situations.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/2/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #53 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #56 WDE) – ESPN (3*, #60 DE)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #643 Overall, #47 WDE, #29 in Ohio

8. OL: Jack Stewart, 6’5” 285lbs. New Canaan, CT (New Canaan) 

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

Photo Credit; Dave Stewart/New Canaan Advertiser

After the first 30 seconds of Stewart’s junior highlight tape, I asked the age old question, “how is this guy ranked this low?”. Stewart is a big, athletic, physical tackle that can use his strength to open holes and his athleticism to get in the open field and clear a path. He also has a tendency to bury his opponents or drive them out of bounds whenever given the chance. He’s also a standout high school wrestler. Competition level is obviously part of it, as it is for most recruits, as is the fact that he’s not a recruiting camper. But either way, I’m not looking into that too much. I believe Stewart has the natural size and raw talent to develop into a productive, versatile lineman for Michigan.

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  • Commitment Date: 4/16/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*) – 247Sports (3*, #46 OT) – ESPN (3*, #43 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #593 Overall, #57 OT, #5 in Connecticut

9. OL: Karsen Barnhart, 6’5” 285lbs. Paw Paw, MI (Paw Paw) 

Barnhart is a versatile lineman with the size and tenacity needed in a Big Ten offensive lineman. But he’s still pretty raw. He has the frame to add a good amount of size and continue to move like he does. As a basketball player, he has good feet and bends well but still needs to add strength. With some more time in the weight room, cafeteria, and on the practice field, he could be a nice prospect on the line. At what position exactly? He could play throughout the line but his athleticism may keep him on the outside.

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  • Commitments Date: 4/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #44 OT) – 247Sports (4*, #236 overall) – ESPN (3*, #37 OT)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #379 Overall, #38 OT, #10 in Michigan

10. OG: Zach Carpenter, 6’5” 300lbs. Cincinnati, OH (Moeller)

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Carpenter was a wanted recruit for a reason. He’s an absolute mauler that uses his strength and technique to dominate a high level of competition in Ohio. He’s projected to play offensive guard but also looks to be the type of lineman that could slide to center, if necessary. Where ever he ends up, thanks to his physical talents and experience against better talent, he’s a player that could play early in his career.

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  • Commitment Date: 5/30/18
  • First on BGRC: May 2018
  • RankingsRivals (3*, #15 OG) – 247Sports (3*, #21 OG) – ESPN (3*, #34 OG)
  • Composite Ranking: Three-star, #490 Overall, #19 OG, #18 in Ohio