Michigan has been loading up the linebacker room over the last couple of classes and the staff just added another dynamic option to the depth chart as 2021 Bolingbrook (IL) LB Tyler McLaurin has committed to the Wolverines.
Long, rangy linebacker that has a slender build but the frame to put weight on and keep his speed and athleticism. That’s why I like him to eventually play in a Josh Uche-like SAM linebacker role once he puts on the proper weight. Until then, he may just be a hybrid backer that can play multiple spots. He’s a bit of a project linebacker because of his size but that’s not a bad thing. He can be built to fit his best traits. It may take a little time to find that exact fit but he’s got the range needed to cover and the tenacity to play near the line. He should be a nice chess piece for Don Brown’s defense.
McLaurin’s name has been lying in the weeds a bit on the linebacker list. The staff offered the Illinois standout back in January but he looked to be down the board a bit but that changed as the spring evaluations and recruiting trail changes took place.
He visited Michigan at the start of March and clearly passed the eye sight test as TMI’s Steve Lorenz mentioned his move to the top target list following that trip ($). Sherrone Moore and Don Brown came through again here and were able to win over McLaurin during the Coronavirus pandemic, giving the staff its second linebacker get in the class.
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 215lbs
- Hometown (School): Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook)
- Notable Offers: Iowa State, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Iowa
- Rankings: Rivals (3* #27 OLB) – 247Sports (3* #37 OLB) – ESPN (N/A)
- Composite Ranking: Three-star, #404 Overall, #26 OLB, #11 in Illinois
As for the Rest of the Class
McLaurin is the 12th overall commitment, the 2nd linebacker addition, and the 2nd get out of Illinois. With him on the board, there are three names to know at linebacker. Junior Colson, who could be one of the next additions to the class. Jaydon Hood, who quickly leaped up the board following Ja’Den McBurrows‘ commitment. And then Jamari Buddin, who went from a good bet to join the class to a toss up with Penn State and Michigan State making big moves.
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