2015 Football Commits

1. K: 3* Andrew David, 5’8’’ 170lbs. Massilon, OH (Washington HS)

The member of the Chris Sailer Kicking Academy is one of the top kickers in the country and landed an offer after his great showing in front of the coaching staff. He didn’t wait long to become the first commitment of Team 136.

2. OL: 4* Jon Runyan Jr., 6’4’’ 250lbs. Philadelphia, PA (St Joseph HS)

The son of former Wolverine great, Jon Runyan, Jr is a talented youngster that is still growing. He landed his offer after a very good showing at the 2013 summer camp and has admitted that he will commit soon.

3. S: 4* Tyree Kinnel, 6’0’’ 185lbs. Huber Heights, OH (Wayne HS)

Another camper at the 2013 summer camp, Kinnel is rising fast on the recruiting boards. He is a very instinctive and athletic ball hawk that Mattison seems to love. Look out for him now that he has an offer. Im a really big fan of this kid already. With weight training, he could be a star.

4. QB: 4* Alex Malzone, 6’3’’ 200lbs. West Bloomfield, MI (Brother Rice)

The top quarterback in Michigan, Malzone is a talented signal caller with that winners mentality that every coach wants. Malzone is a very talented player that has plenty of room to grow. He has a live arm and poise, and will add even more depth and talent to the QB room.

5. OT: 4* Grant Newsome, 6’7’’ 280lbs. Mclean, VA (Lawrenceville School)

After being offered by Michigan, Newsome has blown up in the recruiting world. Landing offers from most of the top programs in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Miami, and O$U, he chose to go with Michigan thanks to the staff, program, and educational opportunities. With the staff desperately looking for another tackle, his big, physical, nasty style would fit in perfectly.

6.WR/ATH: 4* Brian Cole, 6’2” 210lbs. Saginaw, MI (Heritage HS)

Cole is the top recruits in Michigan and one of the highest rated players in the country. He has the skill and athleticism to play running back, wide receiver or safety at the next level. But the Wolverines coaching staff believe he is best suited at the receiver position and he agreed. He is expected to be featured in the slot and as a return man.

7. DE: 3* Reuben Jones, 6’3.5″ 233lbs. Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson)

Michigan’s new defense under defensive coordinator DJ Durkin will be a pass rushing, turnover based defense and finding players that could fit the scheme were a point of emphasis on the recruiting trail. Well, the hard work has paid off as Michigan has landed the commitment of DE/OLB Reuben Jones out of Lakeland, FL (Lake Gibson).

8. QB: 4* Zach Gentry, 6’7’’ 235lbs. Alburquerque, NM (Eldorado)

In Harbaugh’s time at Stanford, he signed multiple quarterbacks in three of the four years knowing that competition and depth are needed every single position. And he’s bringing that same mentality to Ann Arbor as Texas QB commit Zach Gentry has flipped and committed to Michigan while on his official visit, becoming the 2nd quarterback in the 2015 class and 2nd commit of the Harbaugh-era.

9. OL: Nolan Ulizio, 6’6″ 280lbs. West Chester, OH (Lakota West)

If there was one position that plagued the Brady Hoke era more than any other, it was the offensive line. While the staff recruited some of the best talent in the country, they were not able to develop them. It is one of the main things that Harbaugh and Drevno will have to do to turn Michigan around, and the latest commitment, OT Nolan Ulizio, will give them the chance to really prove that.

10. WR: Grant Perry, 6’0” 175lbs. Bloomfield, MI (Brother Rice HS)

Perry is one of the best receivers in Michigan high school history and happens to be the go-to target and best friend of quarterback commit, Alex Malzone. While he had to wait until the last minute to land his offer, he didn’t take long to switch his commitment from Northwestern to Michigan.

11. RB: Karan Higdon, 5’10” 190lbs. Sarasota, FL (Riverview)

The Hawkeye commit was offered on Saturday morning (just 5 days before NSD) and jumped on a plane later that day to visit Ann Arbor. While he originally said he was going to stick with Iowa, a last second visit is what changed everything as he signed with Michigan on National Signing Day.

12. CB: Keith Washington, 6’2″ 175lbs. Prattville, AL (Prattville)

Washington is one of the best pure athletes in the country and starred at both quarterback and cornerback in high school. But he will move to corner at Michigan and has a chance to be a very good player thanks to his athleticism. His flip to the Wolverines on National Signing Day was a nice surprise for the fan base.

13. DE: Shelton Johnson, 6’5″ 225lbs. Delray Beach, FL (Atlantic)

By far the biggest surprise of National Signing Day for Michigan was the commitment of Johnson, who is one of the highest ceiling commits in the class. He has the elite frame and athleticism needed to be a game changer at defensive end, especially after a year or two in the weight room.

14. TE: Tyrone Wheatley Jr, 6’6” 240lbs. Buffalo, NY (Canisius HS)

From day one, most believed Tyrone Wheatley Jr would follow his fathers footsteps and sport the Maize and Blue. However, with the poor season and coaching change, he was starting to favor Alabama and USC. But after his secret official visit a week before NSD pushed things over the top for his father’s alma mater.

Preferred Walk-ons

DE: Jack Dunaway, 6’3’’ 215lbs. Bloomfield, MI (Brother Rice HS)

The son of former Michigan tight end Craig Dunaway, Jack is a talented prospect that features that motor, will and heart that every coach wants on their roster. While not offered by any division one teams, Dunaway decided to follow his father’s footsteps and decided to join the 2015 Michigan recruiting class as a preferred walk on.

K/P: Ryan Tice, 6’1″ 160lbs. Saline, MI (Saline HS)

Team 136 picked up a preferred walk-on commitment from Saline (MI) K/P specialist Ryan Tice today. He’s a strong legged kicker out of Saline HS that happens to be a member of the Kornblue Kicking Academy.

LB: Chris Terech, 6’2” 225lbs. Saline, MI (Saline)

Terech was one of the best players in the state of Michigan and helped lead Saline to their first state championship appearance in school history after shutting down Mike Weber and Cass Tech in the semi-finals. He is a hard nosed, leader of the defense, “coach on the field” type of a linebacker that was named 2014 DZone Defensive Player of the Year.

OLB: Cheyenn Robinson, 6’3” 233lbs. Jersey City, NJ (St. Peters Prep)

St. Peter’s Prep is one of the premier high school programs in the Northeast and Robertson was one of the top players. He has good size and athleticism, and is able to make plays in both the run and pass game.

LB: John Andrysiak, 6’1” 215lbs. Flint, MI (Powers Catholic)

Andrysiak is the son of former Notre Dame quarterback Terry Andrysiak (85-87) and a standout for FPC. Like most walk-ons, he’ll have to come in and develop to become a contributor moving forward. But the raw talents are there, he just needs more time in the weight room and with the coaches

FB/LB: Tommy Whitted, 6’1” 225lbs. Winter Park, FL (Winter Park) 

Whitted is a stout, hard nosed football player that passed up opportunities to walk-on at the two in-state Florida powerhouses to play for Coach Harbaugh and the Wolverines. And he may get the chance to play pretty early for a preferred walk-on as the full back depth chart will be wide open after the 2015 season.