"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
MI OL Jake Fisher has committed to Michigan. As he told Tom, this was basically a done deal as far back as a couple weeks ago:
"The last visit was just to make sure really. I basically already knew, but my dad didn't get to really see the campus (at Michigan), so I showed him around." "He really liked it as much as I did. The coaches are really awesome, and I just knew that's where I wanted to go."
And with that, let's skip to the...
4*, #25 OT #6 Michigan
3*, 5.6, NR OT, #18 Michigan
Fisher is currently under-the-radar, not receiving a position ranking from Rivals, and no rating or ranking of any sort from ESPN. The main reason for that is his future position. He played tight end for Traverse City West last year, but is expected to fill out and become an offensive tackle in college.
High school tight end growing into a tackle. Is already strong, considering he still has room to fill out, and he uses that strength to drive and finish defenders. Sets up with a good base in pass protection and does well against the bull rush. Is a high effort, high intensity tough guy who looks to bury his man. Has a great frame, is a good athlete for his size, and really only needs to learn the position.
The Scout profile also lists "flexibility," "nasty streak," and "size" as his strengths (I imagine size doesn't include his weight, which is is only around 260 at this point), and only "technique" as a weakness. Local fluff:
Fisher plays tight end for TC West last year, but has grown from 6-4 to 6-7 and gained more than 60 pounds. He'll return to the end position for his senior year of high school, but will move to tackle at college.
Note that he's still playing a different position his senior year of high school than he will in college. That will keep his ranking low, as scouts won't have the opportunities to evaluate him. His coach notes that his speed has improved over the summer, allowing him to become a BCS-level prospect:
"Jake worked hard on his speed training," Wooer said. "I told the kids the proof is in the pudding. Here's a kid that went from playing at a MAC school in front of 20,000 to playing in front of 100,000 because of his efforts in the weight room."
"He's an athlete," Wooer said. "In his highlight video we threw in some of his dunks on the basketball court. People like to see that. They don't want to see a guy that's 6-7, 300 pounds and can't move. They realize if he's an athlete, they can teach him how to play tackle and teach him how to get stronger in the weight room."
That athleticism is so exceptional that, despite clocking in at over 260 pounds before his senior year of high school, Central Michigan is still looking at him as a tight end:
Most schools have looked at Fisher as an offensive tackle. But Central has expressed interest in keeping him at tight end while Western has considered putting him on the defensive line.
"That's kind of the dream to play tight end in college football," Fisher said. "(But) I would play anything. I just like football that much."
He's also motivated to show off a strong work ethic:
For Fisher, a motivating force has been following scouting reports on fellow recruits — such as Ogemaw Heights' Anthony Zettel.
"I look at their stats and try to compare myself to them," Fisher said. "I try to make sure I'm doing everything I can because they're working hard every day, but I'm working hard, too. I want to make sure I'm doing the same things, or even more."
Should Zettel ultimately choose the Wolverines, the pair will be able to compare each other side-by-side. With so little information on Fisher from sources other than his coach, we're left to sort through the tea leaves to pick apart his game. He has a good frame, and considering he's grown nearly three inches since October, there's a good chance he's still got more room to go. He's earned his BCS offers at camps, so the coaches (including Michigan's) had a chance to evaluate him in person.
Fisher started the year far under-the-radar, but has been impressive in just about every camp he's attended, and has built up a decent offer list for a mid-level prospect. He has offers from most MAC schools, along with Cincinnati and Sparty.
Typically, offensive linemen have no stats to speak of (at least at the high school level). However, since Fisher was a tight end and defensive end (and punter!) last year, he probably put up a little production. I couldn't find evidence of it though, so speak up if you come across it.
FAKE 40 TIME
Rivals pegs him at 5.17, and neither of the other sites have a time for him. He ran a 4.97-second time at Michigan's camp, impressive for a player his size. For now, I'll give it two FAKEs out of five. I imagine he won't be running times like that by the time he's the size of a college offensive lineman.
Junior highlights at TE and DE:
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Fisher, like Taylor Lewan before him, joins Michigan as a shoe-in to end up at the left tackle position. With Lewan just a couple classes ahead of him, he'll have time to develop at the position, as well. Switching from tight end won't be easy, as it will require a serious reshaping of his body, and learning a lot of new technique. After a redshirt year to take care of those factors, Fisher may be thrust into the action.
Taylor Lewan will be a redshirt junior coming off Fisher's redshirt year (as will Michael Schofield), and with no tackles in the recruiting class of 2010, a backup role right off the bat is possible. In fact, with the departure of Dann O'Neill from the class of 2008, and the eventual settling of Patrick Omameh and Kurt Wermers at guard and center, respectively, there are no tackles left from the class of 2008, either.
After playing a backup role for his first two years on the active roster, Fisher should be settled in at the position, and ready to perform at a high level in his junior and senior years. He has the prototypical frame, and as long as he puts in the hard work, he should be able to contend for All-Conference honors.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Weeeeee an offensive lineman! Fisher is the second of what should be several offensive linemen in this class, anywhere from 4-6. Michigan has been light on OL recruiting over the past few years (one in 2010, three in 2009, and four left on the roster from 2008), so this is looking like a serious makeup year.
At least one more tackle, and a couple more interior guys (in addition to center commit Jack Miller) are on the docket. The Wolverines have options like Anthony Zettel, Chris Bryant, Tony Posada, and several others, so they're in good shape to fill in where they need to.
Dude is 260 and, based on those pictures, carrying what looks to be some baby fat. Not a small guy by any means, but I don't know how this proves this no-small-lineman theory. Give him a redshirt year and we'll see how he rounds out.
I don't know how this proves this no-small-lineman theory.
So you're saying that some kid who hasn't even started his senior season in high school, has never put on weight for an interior lineman's position before, and is 6-7 as a HS junior, doesn't indicate that the idea RR wants small linemen is hogwash?
Interesting reasoning there.
Occasional excess is necessary to remedy the deadening effects of moderation.
Part of the reason this kid's only 260 is because he's grown 3 inches in the past year and it's tough for your mass to catch up to your height that quickly, and part of the reason is because he's only 17. A lot of linemen who play at 300+ weren't there when they were HS juniors, and the ones who were that big were often kids who grew early.
And it's not like this kid is 240, he's 260, and has 26 full months before he'll be asked to play even as a back-up. That's plenty of time to put on 30+ lbs, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's 300 by then.
Because I wanted to verify my claim that this kid really isn't small for an OT, I looked at the Rivals top OT ranking list.
The #5 guy is 265, #11 is 258, #14 is 265, #19 is 263, #21 is 260, #23 is 264, #25 is 260, #28 is 260, #29 is 260, #30 is 245, etc. This doesn't include all the kid who are in the 270's - within 15 lbs or so of where Jake Fisher is.
Bottom line, this is not small for an OT prospect.
I don't mind some OSU troll coming here and talking smack from time to time, but it's remarkable how somebody can apparently believe that a high school junior who's grown three inches in a year will be unable to add 35-40 pounds by the time he's a redshirt freshman. I guess the concept of "growing" is a foreign one to him.
Occasional excess is necessary to remedy the deadening effects of moderation.
might have been acceptable if it was phrased in a different way. It was fair to open that to discussion. However, his second comment was typical troll-speak. He gets an auto-neg from me from here on out.
is most of the OL are put on Gittleson's diet which to get bigger by any means(usually eating and lifting). RR as well as Barwis wanted them to get rid of the bad weight and put on good weight. When you get rid of bad weight, you tend to lose weight faster. This is part of the reason why RR made that statement.
I could not think of a better way to end a weekend. Welcome to the family Jake. May your nasty streak be strengthened, may your power pancake opposing defensive linemen. We are excited to have you on the team.
It's interesting to see that Scout has him rated as a 4-star recruit and the #6 player in Michigan at a position he has never played. I think this more than anything else makes me highly skeptical of their criteria for ranking players.
Scout tends to move people more drastically after they have a good camp. For example, they saw Fisher twice and he hopped almost thirty spots up and grabbed an additional star. After they saw Dee Hart at the 7on7 they moved him up 16 spots, based solely on his performance there. I'm not saying he didn't deserve it, he most certainly did, I'm just saying they need a lot less to move their rankings around in comparison with rivals