Jimmystats: 2019 Recruiting Comps: Offense

Jimmystats: 2019 Recruiting Comps: Offense Comment Count

Seth December 20th, 2018 at 4:50 PM

More fun with rosters! With signing day behind us I've updated my spreadsheets and the associated interactive chart. Behold: the 2019 class contextualized against every Michigan recruit since 1990:

You can mouseover the big yellow bubbles to get a sense where each guy fits against previous Michigan players in the recruiting rankings. But let's still dig out each player to understand the context of his scouting. The full data are here.

QB Cade McNamara


The style of quarterback who uses his legs and is constantly being asked about his height is now considered a "Pro Style" quarterback, especially if he commits to Harbaugh, though it's not hard to find the guy Cade McNamara most reminds us of. Cade is a clear rung down from Tate's Top-150ish ratings, and for good reason. However Michigan's lone QB recruit in this class is still strongly above the 4-star line. Despite the other comps being substantially different players, the boom/bust nature of his ranking is evident in the range of success you see around him.

[After THE JUMP: The position you were dreading]


Future Blue Originals: Zach Carpenter

Future Blue Originals: Zach Carpenter Comment Count

Adam Schnepp September 19th, 2018 at 10:00 AM


David made the long trek to the suburbs of Cincinnati to scout Archbishop Moeller, a football powerhouse that has helped fill out the rosters of both of Michigan’s primary rivals over the past decade or so. A new offshoot of the pipeline extends to Ann Arbor thanks to 2019 OL Zach Carpenter, who let the world know he would be attending Michigan in supremely understated fashion in May with a picture of Michigan Stadium attached to a one-word tweet: “Committed.”

Thankfully for Michigan, he is much larger than his character usage, checking in at 6’4” and around 300 pounds. Carpenter is a no-doubt interior offensive lineman in every way, from the shape of his body to the shape of his game. That was on full display in the contest David chose to scout, which featured Carpenter frequently lined up across from Trinity weakside defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., who flipped his commitment from Michigan to Stanford this summer. The matchup proved as interesting as expected through three quarters, at which time the game was delayed and eventually cancelled due to lightning and the universe’s general cruel and unfeeling nature. But hey, we got some good film!

[After THE JUMP: the good film, plus scouting]


Hello: Zach Carpenter

Hello: Zach Carpenter Comment Count

Ace May 31st, 2018 at 1:42 PM
when you see the ball and realize #26 is not on offense [photo via 247]

Now this is how an offensive lineman commits.

Late last evening, at the tail end of a rare busy May news day, three-star Cincinnati (OH) Archbishop Moeller OG Zach Carpenter announced an out-of-nowhere commitment—even Sam Webb was caught off guard—with one word and a hashtag:

You'd be excused for not having Carpenter at the forefront of your mind. His rankings range from middling to high three-star, he didn't add his Michigan offer until last month, and his recent campus visit was overshadowed by higher-profile visitors and a few subsequent commitments, including two on the offensive line.

Michigan's coaches, especially primary recruiter Al Washington and O-line coach Ed Warinner, turned up the heat in recent weeks, however, as it appeared Carpenter was destined for a Clemson commitment. The Wolverines liked what they saw enough to make a strong push, per Sam:

Some are questioning why this didn't go down after Carpenter visited two weekends in a row back in April? My answer is two-fold. First they had to answer the obvous numbers queston above (i.e. would they take another interior guy). The second part is further evaluation. I know that Ed Warinner was in Carpenter's school last week. I also know Carpenter is tipping the scales at about 310 and benching around 430. Pair that with his road-grading film and you have a physical interior guy that fits the the bill by the eyeball test athletically also.

At 6'4", 310 or so, Carpenter joins four-star Nolan Rumler among interior-only commits; the other three linemen in the class—four-star Trente Jones, three-star Karsen Barnhart, and three-star Jack Stewart—could all play tackle or guard, with Jones looking the most likely to be a pure tackle. As Sam noted in the post above, Michigan will continue to pursue another tackle in the class.

Meanwhile, if you're wondering how the Amazon series would impact recruiting, here's a data point from after his visit, via Steve Lorenz:

Cincinnati (OH) Moeller 2019 three-star offensive lineman Zach Carpenter says Michigan's Amazon documentary helped set the table for what was an excellent two-day visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend.

"It really gave me an idea of what Coach Harbaugh was like and how involved he is with the program," Carpenter told 247Sports on Sunday evening. "Getting to meet and know Coach Harbaugh was probably the highlight of my visit. My parents and I have the utmost respect for Coach and what he's about after taking this visit. The time he invested in us during our conversations was more than any head coach has done at any school we’ve visited to date. We truly feel like he treated us like family and are grateful for his transparency and honesty (during the visit)."

That feeling stuck, evidently. Carpenter is the 11th commit in the 2019 class, which sits fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten in the composite rankings.


Rivals ESPN 247 247 Comp
3*, 5.7, #15 OG 3*, 78, #34 OG 3*, 88, #21 OG,
#464 Ovr
3*, #19 OG,
#486 Ovr

Hey, ESPN scouted a guy! Who's not in their top 300, even!

Anyway, Carpenter is either a high three-star—the top three-star guard on Rivals, four position spots away on 247—or a meh three-star (ESPN). ESPN should be taken with at least some seriousness here since they actually got eyes on the guy. That said, the other sites and Carpenter's offer list—plus Michigan's obvious desire to beat Clemson to the punch—are good indicators that he'll at least wind up on that 3/4-star borderline by the end of the cycle.

He certainly has the size for the interior. Carpenter is listed at either 6'4" or 6'5" (I'd guess the shorter end is more accurate) and somewhere between 290 and 325 pounds. While he plays tackle in high school, he projects as a people-moving guard or center.

[Hit THE JUMP for scouting, video, and the rest.]