Got to love a kid who we beat the Sooners, Miami, ND, and Stanford out for...from Cali.
Go Hoke!!! Welcome Eric!
They started close to home, but the Wolverines have started to venture out of Michigan and Ohio with commitments from Illinois (DB Anthony Standifer) and now the West Coast in CA OL Erik Magnuson. As Erik told to Tom a couple weeks ago:
"I just feel comfortable with the coaches, and I know them so well. I feel the program is going in the right direction. I know some of the 2012 commits and I think they're all good players. They're bringing in a good offense, and I want to get out of California. I just feel like Michigan is the right place for me."
Welcome to the fold, young man. For what it's worth, part of that "knowing the coaches so well" stems from their time at San Diego State. Hoke's Aztecs were Magnuson's first offer.
4*, #16 OT,
4*, 5.9, #8 OL
|4*, #24 OT||
4*, 95, #13 OT,
#10 Cali, #85 Ovr
As usual, we will start with the premium sites' takes on his height. This will be quick however, as every single site lists his weight at 275, and only ESPN breaks the lockstep at 6-6, by calling him 6-5. Thus, 6-6 275 is our working assumption on this kid's size.
Moving along to the sites' opinions of him as a player, they're a little varied. Scout and 24/7 Sports think about the same of him, putting him near the back of their top-100 lists, and in the teens among offensive tackles (ESPN is even more pessimistic, keeping him out of their 150 and as the #24 tackle). Rivals is significantly more impressed, unofficially calling him the 8th-best offensive lineman and the #34 prospect at any position in the country.
I saw him at the Stanford NFTC- I liked him. He's big, athletic and seems to have a mean streak (no pads, mind you).
Shurburtt went into a bit more detail in a story on 24/7 Sports:
Magnuson has an excellent frame, good feet and plays with a nasty streak. He was dominant in one-on-ones and looked good athletically moving around in position drills. Combine what he showed Sunday with what he shows on film and there’s a good chance that Magnuson could move up our rankings when they are updated again.
That certainly makes it sound like he's going to be closer to Rivals's positioning than Scout's next time 24/7 updates the rankings. Adam Gorney of Rivals calls him one of the most physical guys he's seen in person:
On the offensive side I think Erik Magnuson is pretty tough. He just embraces the physical side of being an offensive tackle and he's not afraid to compete in a really tough way.
He was named MVP of the Asante Trenchmen Academy ($, info in header), and Rivals provides some highlights from that event. Note the quick footwork out of such a big dude. Picture at right from that event, via Scout.
He's a pretty good pass blocker, but has said himself that he'd like to improve on his drive-blocking. It's natural for high schoolers to be good at one or the other, so once he gets into a college weight program and adds some strength, his run blocking should improve. More from Magnuson himself, via Scout ($):
"I work harder than anyone else. I have good footwork from playing basketball and I'm real aggressive and physical with my opponents. I am further along as a pass blocker than I am in blocking in the run game, though. Opposing coaches have said they notice my athleticism and speed despite being my size."
“Erik's a very athletic and aggressive player,” said Sovacool. “He's a really big kid too and he hits all the benchmarks that you're looking for in a football player, especially at offensive tackle. He's all of 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, but the difference between him and other kids his size is that he can run. He's also a guy that isn't afraid of the weight room and has a little bit of an edge to him, which I think recruiters like as well.”
That size listing is a serious outlier, but the coach is likely just overstating weight, and Erik might be a little shorter than his listed 6-6. He's been named to the US Army All-American Bowl, and he's mentioned enrolling early (he's a very good student, and was all-academic in his league as a junior).
He's a big true tackle who can play on either side of the line. There's no mention of his long arms - typically considered necessary for left tackles at the next level - but based on pictures and video alone, it doesn't seem anything is amiss. As somebody who's most comfortable as a pass blocker in high school, starting at left tackle is likely.
He's not the physical freak that Jake Long is (but is anybody), but he has the attributes needed to succeed at the next level.
As a West Coast product, it's only natural that most of Erik's offers came from Pac-12 schools. Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington, and Washington State were his offers from that recently-expanded league. Only Arizona State and USC didn't extend him the scholarship opportunity (though in a video interview he states that USC is the only offer he lacks).
He's not just a regional prospect though (as his Michigan commitment shows). Cincinnati, Miami (YTM), Notre Dame, Oklahoma,
As an offensive lineman, Erik doesn't have any stats. However, he's performed well enough each of the past two seasons to earn All-League recognition, per his Scout profile. He's also earned all-Academic honors (as mentioned above), which is nice both because having intelligent dudes is never a bad thing, and because OL is one of the more brain-intensive positions on the field.
FAKE 40 TIME
None of the premium sites list a 40 time for Erik, so I get to dole out my favorite five FAKEs out of five. I'm assuming that, as a relatively slender OT prospect, the 4.9-5.1 range is most likely.
In the Rivals video linked above, you can see that he's not quite as fast or quick as the offensive lineman he's "racing" in the ladder/running drills, but speed isn't necessarily his game, either.
His impressive Youtube highlight:
As he pointed out himself, he's not the strongest run blocker at the point of attack, but that will improve as he adds mass going forward. What he does show is good agility in pass blocking, as a pulling lead blocker, and in getting downfield blocks. He also has a basketball highlight reel.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
So, this guy is a serious player, right? Although offensive linemen almost always redshirt, Michigan's depth at offensive tackle is pretty light for 2012, and Magnuson has mentioned potentially enrolling early. That could mean (depending on who else ends up in Michigan's recruiting class) that he'll be in the 2-deep as a freshman.
In that season, Taylor Lewan and Michael Schofield will be redshirt juniors, and as long as they stay healthy (and depending on what depth develops among backup tackles), he will hopefully still be afforded the chance to redshirt. Either way, in his second year on campus, he should get a bit of playing time as a backup, as he prepares for the following season.
That year, Lewan and Schofield will shuffle off - hopefully to the NFL - and Magnuson will be one of the players with a chance at a starting spot. He'll either lock down one of the tackle positions, or get heavy time as a backup. By the time he's a senior or redshirt junior, I think Magnuson is a lock to be a starter. He has all-Big Ten potential, and if he lives up to it, 2nd or 3rd-team All-American honors are a possibility as a redshirt senior.
The recruiting sites certainly think highly enough of Erik to place him in that spectrum (24/7 Sports is going to move him up in their next re-rank, and Rivals has already anointed him as a top-40 prospect in the nation).
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
This is a huge weight off Michigan fans' shoulders. A true left tackle is finally on board. That said, weak tackle recruiting classes over the previous two years (Tony Posada and Chris Bryant of the 2011 class seem more like guard or right tackle prospects, and center Christian Pace was the only lineman in 2010's crop) means that Michigan is in dire need of at least one more tackle. That would preferably be one that could play on either end of the line, such as IL OT Jordan DIamond. Another highly-rated interior guy would be nice as well, but is not nearly as necessary.
Away from the offensive line, defensive tackle is now the only priority remaining. At least one highly-rated wideout is important, and a quarterback and running back would be nice. Other than that, remaining scholarships (assuming there are some) can be spent on prospects that the coaching staff really likes, regardless of position.
Got to love a kid who we beat the Sooners, Miami, ND, and Stanford out for...from Cali.
Go Hoke!!! Welcome Eric!
A "National Program" again, since we're recruiting outside the midwest.
Ohio, Michigan, all your talent is ours.
California, you're next.
to the famuly
Welcome to the UM young man. Champion in the making.
this kid is a stud! what a get. hope to see diamond next!!
You sure are one fast writer ;o) I wonder after his senior season if he doesn't get bumped up by ESPN once they have more film to look at. At #34 on Rivals is there a chance someone gives him the coveted 5star?
Tim does amazing work for these posts, but I'm pretty sure he had this one sitting and ready to go. On the other hand I think the Strobel commitment took him by surprise.
With two huge commitments! Go Blue!
This is a good way to start a Friday night
Welcome aboard Erik! I get more and more excited about the direction this team is heading everyday.
You're going to look great in a winged helmet.
What a day! Those throwback jerseys must look better than we thought...
Also, I love that along with their athletic achievements, Magnuson is all-academic and Strobel has a 3.9 GPA. Both seem like great additions to the Wolverine family.
I've been thinking. Isn't right tackle gonna be the new left tackle when Shane Morris is here? It would probably be better to develop a solid right tackle to protect Moriss's blind side. I don't know if the coaches will think ahead like that, or change the development of their lineman just for one quarterback. Who knows?
You could more generically label left tackle as "blind side tackle." Jake Long is a left tackle, but if Miami got a lefty at QB, he'd switch to right.
Do you think we switch out LT and RT when Morris eventually starts?
Recruiting outside the midwest:
Michigan 1, MSU 0
"MSU is coming off an 11-2 season and a share of the Big Ten championship. That should allow the Spartans to be very selective about whom they offer. U-M is in a rebuilding stage and new coach Brady Hoke is being aggressive and stirring early interest." - Matt Dorsey, Spartanmag.com
3 STARS? NOT OFFERED By MICHIGAN OR OHIO STATE? LET'S GET HIM BEFORE THEY REALIZE WHO HE IS!
This is their exact thought processes.
Good things DO come in pairs!
What a great start to the weekend! Go Blue!
May you spend your summer competing on ESPN2 against your namesake!
(That was a reference to World's Strongest Man btw.)
Can you imagine if we trained our O-linemen with these stones?
Even love the spelling of the last name. Ann Arbor is an exceptional town, and you've made a decision that will benefit the rest of your life. Watching elite players grow and compete for championships is the reason I shell out for season tickets - there's nothing better than Michigan football. Welcome aboard
Sooooo, I guess Magnuson was "expected," but Strobel's commitment was a bit of surprise, based the comparitive length of the Hello: Recruit pieces.
It's got to be tough to sit on that insider information, but also that much sweeter when we pull a relatively suprising commitment.
...thought Strobel was even a lean. I think everyone thought that he might consider us with time, but that if anything he was a Buckeye lean, or maybe even looking at Stanford. The OSU board is quite shocked.
Is anyone else positively chomping at the bit for these kids to be on the field for us? I have to keep reminding myself that all of these commitments cannot even suit up for another 15 months, and most won't see real playing time for even longer, but GODDAMN is this an exciting group.
I thought this would happen due to Tom's updates. This is great news along with Strobel. Guys that are on the fence better reserve a spot or they'll have to go elsewhere.
I saw this and thought to myself,
A viking just committed, this class is gonna be great.
but is this the first to say getting OUT of California was one of his criteria? A man after my own heart.
Must admit I thought he'd at least wait until Sunday. Must have underestimated the glory of Ann Arbor in June. Welcome, Erik!
Great news welcome aboard Mr.Magnuson!
Welcome aboard Erik.
Looks like ESPN is going to have to readdress their class rankings already!!! Its a great day to be a Wolverine!!! Welcome aboard Tom and Erik you have made a great decision not just in football terms but for your entire lifetimes. GO BLUE!
Commitments from California have been inconsistent but I believe Erik will be a great one.
Previous commits from state of califonia within past ten years
Matt Wile c/o 2011 ?
Tate Forcier c/o 2009
Zion Babb c/o 2007
Avery Horn c/o 2007
Donovan Warren clo 2007
Michael Williams c/o 2007
Jonas Mouton c/o 2006
Jason Forcier c/o 2005
Eugene Germany c/o 2005
Chris Richards c/o 2005
Johny Sears c/o 2005
Keston Cheathem c/o 2004
Leon Hall c/o 2003
Matt Gutierrez c/o 2002
Magnus approves of Magnuson.
A few years ago, while playing NCAA 07 on my XBOX, I created an OL to recruit to my Michigan Dynasty. I had 'Giant Nasty Viking Left Tackle' in mind. I made him 6'6" and 285lbs. I made him from North Dakota. I am not making this up; I named him Erik Magnusson. Close enough for prophetic?