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After a brief server outage, here come the Hello. GBW is reporting that FL OL Tony Posada out of Tampa Plant High School has committed to become the 10th member of Michigan's 2011 recruiting class.
3*, #75 OT
3*, 78, #34 OT
At 6-5 and already over 320 pounds, Posada is expected to be an offensive tackle at the next level. We'll get started with the ESPN evaluation:
Posada has great size along with enough explosion and playing strength to dominate defenders at his present level of play. Has the height and weight we like to see for the offensive tackle spot at the major level of competition.
He has a number of strengths:
Flashes explosion off the ball with good pad level and fit for his height; brings his hips with a good base and the leg drive necessary to sustain contact.
His agility is also singled out as a positive, though they say that quicker pass rushers, primarily from the linebacker position, could give him trouble. Other points to work on:
Will need to work on all aspects of punch, location and extension however his arm length and quick hands should be an asset.
Uh, that's actually really brief. ESPN, per usual, gives the above raving review, then follows it up with a lofty... #34 offensive tackle ranking. How can a guy whose only weaknesses are "might have trouble picking up a blitzing linebacker" and "has a little technique work to do on his hands" be ranked so low?
Up front the offensive line for Plant will be led by Tony Posada. He is a big kid who moves well. Posada also played very well in their state title game. He will have the chance to really blow up this fall if his play on the football field continues to improve.
Tony also has enough flexibility to move inside and play offensive guard, which is always a plus when recruiting offensive linemen. The more spots a recruit can play, the more opportunities he might have with a program. Coaches like linemen who provide multiple possibilities instead of being tied to one position and having to then recruit other linemen to fill a specific need.
Tony is a bulldozer; think somewhat of a taller Justin Boren. The biggest difference is stength.
Despite "stength" being listed as one of his weaknesses, he has shown impressive strength in winning a regional title in the shot put, then finishing sixth in the state. Still, if there's even the slightest question about his strength, that 320-some pounds is not all good weight.
Posada was offered early, at least back in February. Kansas, USF, and Wake had also offered at that time. According to his Rivals profile, his other BCS-level offers included the likes of Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisvulle, Missouri, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, and Texas Tech.
The conventional wisdom on Posada was always that a Florida offer would be nearly impossible for him to turn down. When it became clear that an offer from the Gators was never going to come (despite performing impressively at their camp), Michigan became the heavy favorite. However, South Florida came on strong in the end, causing Michigan to stave them off down to the finish line.
Posada is an offensive lineman, and therefore doesn't have stats. He was, however, part of a dominant Tampa Plant running game last year (more on Plant in a moment). TJ Glover and James Wilder both ran for nearly 1,000 yards, and the team on the whole rushed for 2,945 yards on their way to a state title.
FAKE 40 TIME
Rivals credits him with a 5.39-second 40-yard dash time. That doesn't sound FAKE at all, but given the fact that he's well over 300 pounds, it still qualifies for one FAKE out of five.
There are no Posada-specific highlight reels available, but a bunch of Tampa Plant material is out there (Posada is #75):
There's a huge disparity between descriptions of Posada and his actual rankings. He's certainly not under-the-radar, playing at one of the most visible programs in the nation. So what does it all mean? I would guess based on photographic evidence and measureables that he has to get in much better shape to be ready to play in college, in addition to the technique work mentioned above.
Tony's an offensive lineman, so he would probably be a lock to redshirt even if he didn't have conditioning and technique question marks. During his first year in Ann Arbor, he'll work to rectify those issues.
After a redshirt, Tony would hopefully be in decent shape to play (he certainly has good size). There will be more playing time available at tackle than guard, and he's a combo prospect who projects at either position. As a redshirt freshman and sophomore, he could get some playing time before sliding into a starting position as a junior and senior.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
Posada is offensive lineman #3 of four or five in the class. That means there's only room for a couple more. Chris Bryant, Jordan Walsh, and Nick Martin seem like some of the most realistic prospects to fill any remaining OL spots.
Offensive recruiting is almost completed (a tight end, and outside receiver, and Dee Hart are probably the only three positions left on that side of the ball). Defensive tackles, another linebacker or two, and defensive backs are the emphasis from here on out.
Plant is a powerhouse program, routinely pumping out tons of talent. In this year's class alone, 5-star RB James Wilder and 4-star QB Phillip Ely will graduate from Plant. Getting a foot in the door for future years can't hurt Michigan's recruiting efforts. The Panthers will play on ESPN on August 27, against Manatee in a preseason state title rematch.
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "We're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively.
is still recruiting him to play OG but there may be some reconsideration for being open to positions wherever Zettel fits best. I do like him best as a OG, he showed mean streak and tenacity that you like to see out of a OL.
not really. They really liked him as a OG. If he commits to Michigan, it's more likely that he'll play OG which is what the coaches' originally recruited him to play in this position. Now they're saying that they may be fine with him playing DE which is to try to get him into this year class and move him to OG alas Barksdale at LSU.
Posada is a beast at the HS level. He is very fast for someone his size. Watching a bruiser like Wilder Jr run behind him as they run over HS kids is sorta funny to watch. His performance in the State Championship game was enough that he was iso'd for replays and then gushed over by the crew running the telecast.
I think he will be a great addition, and I agree with Brian that it won't hurt to have inroads to a school that is becoming a perennial top five Florida program. Plant is a team that is big and athletic enough that I think they could defeat some lower-division (think GLIAC) college teams. Having one of their grads contributing to the impending rebirth of Michigan as a truly elite college football team bodes very well for the future.
Tony is a great pickup. He will be a big part of our OL in the future. I'm glad to see our OL will be huge. All that talk a few years ago about small Offensive lineman is down the drain. Wow, he looks so thin for being 320 lbs. Just wait until he hits the weight room here. He could be pushing 340-350 lbs in a few years!!!! Talk about pancaking some DTs.
I just get uneasy when a guy has his heart set on a Gator offer, doesn't get it, and it just seems like he is settling for Michigan. This happens a lot these days.So if he blows up his senior year we have to worry about a Gator offer? We know the SEC oversigns. Posada could very well be a great Wolverine someday, this is nothing against him but I am not used to this and it happens a lot it seems. Can't wait till we go toe to toe with the elite again. I believe it's a matter of time.
He said at the press conference that, once he visited Florida, he knew he didn't want to go there. That would explain blowing off the FNL camp, which would have been a great opportunity to earn a Gator offer.
This is definitely a victory for RR and Michigan. With all this bad news popping up all the time, it's good that Michigan is still getting some talented kids. Most of all this is RR's recruit that was based on attraction rather than promotion.
of that video, which I did not watch in its entirety by the way, was the RB who was tackled, kept his body from hitting the ground, sprang back up and stayed on his feet until the end zone. HOW DO WE GET THAT GUY?
If Posada can push our RBs into the end zone from 5+ yards out, consider me very happy right now
no no no. jadeveon clowney is the #1 overall prospect. no debate about it. that being said, james wilder is a physical freak and has muscles on his muscles.
oh and you can basically cross georgia off his list, its a FSU/UF battle. he mentioned FSU's assistant coach's ability to get RBs in the NFL, which kind of makes me think hes going FSU. before that comment i thought he was 100000% UF.
No offense to Posada who seems like a solid player, but it seems like people are awfully breathless over a meh three star lineman.
I'm sure this will draw the inevitible rebuttals of Mike Hart, Braylon Edwards and Taylor Lewan hoo-ahhh!, but I am really ready for this team to start winning and this long nightmare to be over. Recruiting should then pick up accordingly.