Just broke on Rivals, Michigan has offered a scholarship to 2009 offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. Lewan's a 3-star guy and is Craig Roh's teammate. He has offers from Arizona, ASU, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Wazzu, and Wisconsin.
RR & Co seem to like offering scholarships to teammates. It seems to be a sort of strategy -- get one guy in the fold and then offer his teammate.
I have noticed this as well, and I like the way this seems to be working. Not only is it easier to get a kid if one of his buddies are going to Michigan, but I can imagine it would help thing greatly to know that you have a friend on the team when you arrive. It kind of reminds me of Mallett, who was miserable in Michigan at first, but with a HS friend in tow he may have been much more comfortable. If you think about your freshman year of college, you may get an inclination. When I went to school, I knew nobody and my first week or so was kinda crappy until I met the kids in my hall. It may also be great to set up pipelines to the major HS in the country, like Pahokee.
Just watched his video on Scout. Kid is a monster and plays to the whistle (and maybe a little past it). One mean mofo. He pretty muched bullied a defensive end over 25 yards downfield on one play. Evaluation by somebody who knows more than me: very athletic, VERY quick and explosive first step, intense/play to the whistle/mean streak/insert cliche of the sort, gets to the second level, good knee bend in pass pro... Only significant con is that sometimes his feet go dead on contact (can be remedied).
The kid needs bulking up but he seems like the prototypical lineman for RR's offense. Count me in as officially excited. We all know how OL is the position where stars matter less. This kid with proper effort and commitment can be great regardless of the 3 stars.
BTW Saw him own Roh during spring practice on a couple of clips. Guy's no joke.
Maybe he needs a neurologist.
Certain parts of me go dead upon thoughts of my mother-in-law.
Seriously, driving players 25 yards downfield and knees going dead on contact--which is it?
LOL. Same here.
His FEET go dead SOMETIMES when he engages and then he starts them back up again. A rather annoying habit that's a pain but quite possible to eliminate according to a certain high school coach who's not gsimmons but is a very knowledgable guy on these things. I'm telling you what I saw (the driving backwards) and what someone with a trained eye saw.
He does bear a bit of a resemblence to Jake minus the nose (kind of creepy actually) and wears number 77.
he looks like jake long. same size too.
I noticed that he stops his feet, too. But the kid is very mean. He looks like he'll block all day long. It's hard to teach that mentality. And from his picture, he looks ripped. It's not too often that "fatties" look ripped.
apparantly he runs a 4.72 40 according to rivals
It is not at all uncommon for Michigan, or any school, to offer teammates, or kids from the same school - often after a collegiate coaching staff works with a high school staff to land one kid, it just greases the wheels for more. This isn't new with Rich Rod.