Apparently Michigan has offered this lightly regarded safety from Youngstown Ohio Cardinal Mooney.
"Michigan just offered me today as a safety," Vinopal said on Wednesday night.
(Info in the Header)
Wt: 180 lbs
Forty: 4.5 secs
Bench max: 275 pounds
Vertical: 32 inches
Shuttle: 4.4 secs
Rating: 2 Stars on both Scout & Rivals
With that GPA maybe he was offered as a preferred walk on?
Why is it hard to find safety prospects that can remain a safety? Is it simply due to the slower game speed of HS? It is not that many can't be converted, but it seems like the highest rated ones we get normally are. It would put Brown, Mouton, Smith, MRob (speculation) at LB along with Bell (lower rated than the others). Luckily Vlad seems to have stuck with Gordon being (TBD), but obviously the depth is very thin.
My guess is that a bigger player like Smith, creates a big presence in the defensive backfield in HS, but seems destined for a position move due to size and speed. Why do the ratings groups not take this into account when they rate safeties since it seems to be a detractor due to a required move? Are we not using the talent correctly (I would assume this is not the case)?
Obviously, you take the best talent you can get and place it somewhere on the field. No complaints there. As a personal wish, I just keep waiting for that terror at safety that can cover the field and hit. I keep thinking we are getting him and then he is lined up elsewhere.