Looking to build up the defensive end depth with some more “Dudes”, Don Brown, Greg Mattison, and Al Washington went into Ohio to find themselves an honors student who also happens to be a force to be reckoned with off the edge as 2019 Northmont (OH) DE Gabe Newburg has committed to Michigan.
— Gabriel Newburg (@Gabe_Newburg) April 2, 2018
Newburg may only be rated a three-star prospect (at the moment) 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.
Bursting onto the Michigan recruiting scene after picking up his offer from the staff during an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor with his parents at the end of March. And it didn’t take long for the Wolverines to become the favorite and the trendy Crystal Ball pick for the Northmont standout.
Though Newburg received offers from the likes of Michigan State and Iowa around the same time as his Michigan offer, and was also reportedly told to wait before making his commitment by Urban Meyer and Ohio State, the straight-A student followed his heart and committed to the Wolverines on Monday night just prior to the basketball team’s National Championship game appearance.
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 230lbs
- Hometown (School): Clayton, OH (Northmont)
- Notable Offers: Michigan State, Iowa, Harvard, Cincinnati, Rutgers
- Rankings: Rivals (3*, #53 WDE) – 247Sports (3*, #55 WDE) – ESPN (NR)
- Composite Ranking: Three-star, #798 Overall, #53 WDE, #36 in Ohio
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) April 3, 2018
As for the Rest of the Class
Newburg is the 7th overall commitment for Michigan, the 2nd defensive line commitment and the 3rd commitment out of Ohio. And he won’t be the last in any of those categories. Michigan is heavily recruiting several other defensive lineman and looks to be leading or in top contention for the likes of DE Marcus Hicks, DE/OLB Michael Fletcher, DT Mazi Smith, DE Aeneas DiCosmo and DE Ruke Orhorhoro. As for Ohio, Michigan is pushing hard for five star DE Zach Harrison and looks to have a shot at DT Rodas Johnson. It’ll be very interesting to see how the defensive line haul looks by National Signing Day.
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