Hello: Ben Gedeon

Submitted by Ace on April 10th, 2012 at 10:55 PM


Image via 247Sports

Michigan picked up their 17th commit of the class of 2013 tonight, as Hudson (OH) LB Ben Gedeon made his long-awaited pledge to the Wolverines:

"It’s awesome! I’ve kind of known throughout my whole recruitment that Michigan has been my #1 school. To finally get the commitment out of the way and saying I’m going to be a Michigan Man is just awesome."

Gedeon joins Mike McCray among linebacker commits in the class. Of the 17 Wolverine commits, 13 of them—including Gedeon—are on the ESPNU 150 Watch List.

GURU RATINGS

Scout Rivals ESPN 24/7 Sports
4*, #13 OLB,
#159 Ovr
4*, #8 OLB,
#224 Ovr
ESPNU 150
Watch List
4*, 90, #21 ATH,
#255 Ovr

Gedeon will be a four-star across the board as soon as ESPN comes out with an actual list, and only 247 seems to think he doesn't crack the top ~250 players in the country [EDIT: Gedeon is listed at #255 overall on his 247 profile, so he's universally regarded as a top ~250 recruit]. His listed size ranges from 6'2", 200 lbs. (Scout) to 6'3", 220 (247), with recent articles pegging him at about 6'2, 215. Recruiting: Not the most exact science.

Gedeon is an extremely versatile athlete for Hudson, lining up all over the field for them on offense. His best position, of course, is linebacker, and he sounds like a player who will end up at the WILL for Michigan. First up with the evaluations is Mark Givler of Rivals ($):

At the college level, Gedeon will play linebacker and showed good instincts, toughness, and athleticism last Friday night. Gedeon's best position at the next level will probably be middle linebacker where he he has the toughness to fight through traffic and get to the ball carrier. Though getting sideline-to-sideline probably isn't his best strength, he does it well enough and covers well enough that he should be a well-rounded linebacker at the next level.

His size—and the glut of larger inside players in the class ahead of him—means Gedeon will probably end up on the weak side, where his athleticism and coverage ability will be a strength. Rivals's Josh Helmholdt broke down Gedeon's tape last September and saw improvement over his camp performances ($):

We saw Gedeon at two camps in the off-season. In early season film, though, he has looked even more athletic than when we saw him running around in just shorts and a t-shirt. At each new evaluation, Gedeon seems to have lost a little of the stiffness we saw out of him in our first evaluation. He may not quite be the 6-3, 215 pounds he is listed, and he does not blow running backs up, but Gedeon can run with backs and tight ends and will make for an athletic linebacker at the next level.

Again, athleticism and pass coverage are mentioned as positives; considering the WILL is occasionally tasked with sticking to a slot receiver, those skills are at a premium.

Gedeon has placed well in both initial state of Ohio rankings for the class of 2013. Scout has him at #11 in the state, one spot behind fellow commit Jake Butt. Here's Allen Trieu's take on their top-ranked linebacker:

Gedeon is a fantastic athlete as evidenced by what he's done all over the field from running back to receiver to linebacker. He can definitely run and play a sideline to sideline game. He may not play the same level of competition as some of the other top linebackers on the board, but we feel he has the most upside of the bunch.

Bucknuts has him all the way up at #7, and Mark Porter echoes the sentiment of every other evaluation we've seen ($):

“Overall, he is a great athlete. His junior highlights were outstanding. He makes plays all over the field. He’s almost a throwback type. He’s just a tough, hard-nosed football player.”

In case you didn't glean this from the above, Ben Gedeon is a very good athlete.

OFFERS

To go with his Michigan offer, Boston College, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, and Virginia extended scholarships to Gedeon.

STATS

Gedeon earned first-team all-state honors last season with 120 tackles to go along with over 1,400 rushing yards and 27 total touchdowns. As a sophomore, he was a third-team all-state member after amassing 105 tackles, five sacks, 500 rushing yards, 300 passing yards, and 300 receiving yards.

FAKE 40 TIME

I actually couldn't track down a 40 time for Gedeon. ALL OF THE FAKES, I guess.

VIDEO

Junior highlights:

There's also a sophomore highlight reel from 247Sports; though it doesn't have any defensive plays, you can see Gedeon lining up at tight end, H-back, wide receiver, kick returner, and even quarterback.

PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE

Gedeon doesn't have ideal size for the MIKE or SLB spots, but his athletic ability and coverage skills make him a perfect candidate for the WILL. He's a near-lock to redshirt given his need to put on weight and the fact that James Ross and Kaleb Ringer should end up on the weak side from the class of 2012. Desmond Morgan will be a returning starter as a true sophomore next season, and Ross is a future star, in my opinion.

Where Gedeon could make an early impact is special teams, where he can put that athleticism and versatility to good use. I expect he'll be a contributor in that area after a redshirt year, and from there he'll battle with Ross and Ringer for a spot in the rotation. As a redshirt junior, he should get a crack at the starting lineup.

UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS

Michigan has now filled their two open spots at linebacker—the coaching staff was clearly confident they would take Gedeon, having told four-star LBs Alex Anzalone and Shane Jones they were full prior to his commitment—though all indications are that they're reserving a spot for E.J. Levenberry (likely a SLB), one of the best players on the board at any position.

As for the class in total, the Wolverines now have 17 players committed in what will likely be a 23-24 man class. The biggest needs are along the defensive line and at wide receiver, where Michigan will likely take two more prospects for each group.

Comments

Sgt.Rock

April 11th, 2012 at 2:00 AM ^

will start for 2 or 3 yrs here.  As for Urban... he is reminding me more and more of RR, national recruiting "his" type players... everyone is forgeting Meyer runs a "spread".... typical Ohio boys might not fit as well.  Anyway... all the better for Hoke.... Smash Mouth football baby!!!

Sgt.Rock

April 11th, 2012 at 2:01 AM ^

will start for 2 or 3 yrs here.  As for Urban... he is reminding me more and more of RR, national recruiting "his" type players... everyone is forgeting Meyer runs a "spread".... typical Ohio boys might not fit as well.  Anyway... all the better for Hoke.... Smash Mouth football baby!!!

jaou

April 11th, 2012 at 2:39 AM ^

With Gedeon being a WILL and I thought McCray was a MIKE, plus everyone last year being recruited at either of the two what's the gameplan with the SAM position outside of the possibility of Levenberry?

Magnus

April 11th, 2012 at 8:33 AM ^

Out of McCray and Levenberry, I would guess McCray is more likely to end up at SAM.  He's being recruited as a MIKE, but I don't know if he'll ever see the field there.

jdotwilson

April 11th, 2012 at 4:03 AM ^

it truly is starting to look like there will be a numbers crunch. with a good shot at a large number of highly rated prospects such as isaac, treadwell, levenberry, mathis, cravens, poggi, massington and pagano, its no wonder michigan is cooling on players such as gladney and walker.

jdotwilson

April 11th, 2012 at 4:03 AM ^

it truly is starting to look like there will be a numbers crunch. with a good shot at a large number of highly rated prospects such as isaac, treadwell, levenberry, mathis, cravens, poggi, massington and pagano, its no wonder michigan is cooling on players such as gladney and walker.

ggoodness56

April 11th, 2012 at 7:28 AM ^

Spread himself thin across the nation. Let him battle USC and Florida schools for the top recruits in those areas. In the meantime, Michigan will be taken your stars. Can't wait to see Buckeye fans be forced to cheer for Michigan because their children are maize and blue.

Magnus

April 11th, 2012 at 8:35 AM ^

If Gedeon is truly 6'3", then by the time he adds enough weight to fill out his frame, I doubt he'll stay at WILL.  He looks more like a MIKE, but he plays like a WILL.  If he's 6'2" (or shorter), then I'd be more inclined to keep him on the weakside.