NOTE: Yes, I'm aware that Victor Viramontes committed last night, too. That post is coming up later.
Dudley (MA) Shepherd Hill tight end Sean McKeon became the 13th commit of the 2016 class—and the seventh this month alone—after informing the coaches of his decision following a strong showing at Michigan's camp today, per Sam Webb.
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) June 15, 2015
McKeon is the first tight end commit in the class. He chose the Wolverines over fellow finalists Syracuse, Pitt, Boston College, and Virginia.
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This post has been updated.
McKeon's rankings fall into familiar territory; only Scout had bothered to give him a positional ranking until 247 updated his profile last night. Massachusetts isn't exactly a football recruiting hotbed, so it's not a huge surprise that McKeon hadn't received a close look from the recruiting services. Based on his film, I don't think he'll be ranked this low for long.
All but Rivals (6'4", 230 lbs.) list McKeon at 6'5" and 226-230 pounds. He'll need to pack on some muscle before he gets to the next level, but he's got the frame of a guy who should be able to play with his hand in the dirt.
Scout has a full evaluation up on McKeon's profile—at the moment, he's definitely a receiving-first tight end:
EvaluationMcKeon is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size, speed and athleticism. He needs to get stronger, which will help his blocking, but he releases well off the line of scrimmage and gets into his routes well. He high-points the ball in traffic and is also tough to bring down after the catch. When blocking, the intent and desire is there, but he needs to get stronger to stay on and finish the block. -- Brian Dohn
- Downfield Threat
- Route-Running Skills
- Running Ability
Areas to Improve
- Blocking Ability
McKeon caught Scout's eye at May's Pylon 7-on-7 tournament in New Jersey, landing several offers on his way to being named one of their recruits of the week:
McKeon had a strong showing at the Pylon 7-on-7 at Woodbridge (N.J.) High, and showed saw a burst of offers as Syracuse and Boston College extended ones to go along with Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Temple, Massachusetts, Air Force, Old Dominion, Yale and Harvard.
McKeon added size to his frame and was quick getting in and out of breaks at the event. He lined up as a receiver, and high-pointed the ball and was able to tuck it away quickly.
He also shared position MVP honors at April's NUC Five-Star Showcase in New Jersey; the Rivals analysis doesn't say anything beyond him having good size and athleticism ($).
247's Clint Brewster broke down McKeon's film and sees him as a red zone threat who can also stretch the defense vertically:
McKeon is a big weapon in the red zone with his mismatch ability and how he can sneak out into a route. He's got the straight line speed and ability to threaten the seam. McKeon can extend and pluck the ball when it's in the air but shows some stiffness when he has to turn and adjust his body. He shows some very good straight-line speed, being timed at 4.69 officially in the forty yard dash and also vertical jumped 36.5 inches. Has the toughness and hard-nosed demeanor that Michigan likes.
Brewster also likes McKeon's blocking more than Scout, though since that's based off a highlight reel I'd probably defer to Dohn's more extensive evaluation.
McKeon held offers from Air Force, Boston College, Colorado State, Columbia, UConn, Harvard, UMass, Pitt, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Yale. I don't think academics will be a concern.
Only one other Shepherd Hill product has signed with a D-I school since 2002: three-star 2015 OL Chris Lindstrom, who signed with Boston College.
According to Rivals, McKeon caught 19 passes for 354 yards and three TDs as a junior, in addition to tallying 57 tackles, 11 TFLs, and eight sacks as a defensive end.
FAKE 40 TIME
McKeon's 4.69 40 time is listed as verified by multiple outlets, and gets zero FAKEs out of five. That's excellent straight-line speed for a high school tight end prospect.
Sophomore highlights and single-game reels can be found on his Hudl page.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
McKeon looks like a good bet to redshirt while he adds strength and waits behind Jake Butt, Ian Bunting, Khalid Hill, Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and perhaps Chase Winovich when he gets to campus in 2016. With his potential to line up as either a TE-Y (hand in the dirt) or split out, he should start competing for a spot on the two-deep as a redshirt freshman.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
McKeon's commitment brought Michigan to 13 commits, and with Victor Viramontes' commitment late last night, the Wolverines have fillled all 14 of the spots currently open. That number is certain to grow, and I'll have a post later this week taking a closer look at the scholarship situation.