Hello: Taylor Lewan

Submitted by Brian on December 14th, 2008 at 10:43 AM

An eventful couple days: first IN LB Jordan Barnes decommits, then Arizona offensive lineman Taylor Lewan commits. Informative update coming in a bit.

Comments

matt D

December 14th, 2008 at 10:59 AM ^

Great pick-up, he's 4* on Rivals(#17 OT), 4* on Scout(#25 OT), ESPN has him at #14 OT(Grade 80). This guy has great size at 6'6, and potential seems very high from what I've read. While losing Barnes was a blow because we're pretty suspect at LB, this definitely improves the recruiting class.

Craven Morehead

December 14th, 2008 at 11:06 AM ^

That's what UM needed and that's what they got. And I don't mean nasty in bad but nasty as in "I am going to pancake the crap outta out while playing to and past the whistle."

Better get that #77 jersey ready for Lewan. It's his number.

M Go Blue

December 14th, 2008 at 11:19 AM ^

He's not from Michigan. (He'll probably de-commit next week.) He doesn't understand The Rivalry.

He's too tall. Not fast enough.

And he'll never be captain material.

And WTF! He's not even a Five Star!

MaizeSombrero

December 14th, 2008 at 11:47 AM ^

My techcom lecturer would have a fit.

It should either be:

...first IN LB Jordan Barnes decommits, then AZ OL Taylor Lewan...

or

...first Indiana linebacker Jordan Barnes decommits, then Arizona offensive lineman Taylor Lewan...

I'm a grammar douche.

smiley12

December 14th, 2008 at 11:55 AM ^

Lewan is the same size that Joe Thomas(former Badger, now Cleveland Brown)was coming out of HS. If he is like either Thomas or Jake Long, we will be in good shape.

Keep the faith, gang.

Yinka Double Dare

December 14th, 2008 at 12:19 PM ^

A winning day for the program on balance. Lewan had a lot of buzz of late, and is the mobile offensive lineman that we needed to add.

Obviously we need to step up the linebacker recruiting now though. At least one of the safety recruits will end up there as always happens (probably Bell), but we need some more guys there. Come on, snake oil...

funkywolve

December 14th, 2008 at 2:08 PM ^

some conferences and maybe even the ncaa have limits on how many scholarships a school can use in a given year. It can get tricky when you factor in early enrollees (can count against the previous years class), guys who leave early (go to the pros, transfer, don't come back for a 5th year when they have eligibility remaining) and gray shirts (I believe don't count till the next years class but I don't think they are on scholarship during the year they are gray shirtting).

Sparky79

December 14th, 2008 at 6:27 PM ^

Go Blue Wolverine posts an article headline saying, "Is Lewan still Blue?" You know it's coming.

Rivals lists him as 6'7 and running a 4.7 40. That's damn good for that size.

mabrsu

December 14th, 2008 at 8:45 PM ^

Plain and simple the most athletic OT film I have ever see and I think the most I will ever see. It is incredible how good it is. I guarantee he plays at least A down on sundays.

umjgheitma

December 14th, 2008 at 9:22 PM ^

Maybe with Jordan Barnes leaving Jelani Jenkins might feel a little better with committing here even though we are pretty short on LB's. Guess I'm just trying to find the silver lining.

Great OL commit though. Jake Long was a big 4* prospect and I see a lot of the same. Only thing is Jake is from Lapeer in MI and used to a cold climate where as Taylor coming from AZ may cause an issue in adjusting to the later Oct. and Nov. games.

BILG

December 14th, 2008 at 9:58 PM ^

Great commit. RR is absolutely getting it done with the recruits in spite of the shit record this year. I love the fact that the top talent on the commit list are at areas of need....qb, O-line, pass rush DEs, DBs. They are all 4 star talent and will fit in great with the fast little buggers currently on the team and being recruited for next year. IMO, no matter what system you run, success begins with the lines. We can have all the speed and athleticism in the world on the outside and in the backfield, but without a hole, they ain't going anywhere. Now we need to seal the deal with Big Will Campbell and it will really be a successful recruiting class.
Losing a 3 star LB sucks and especially since we are so thin at that position. I don't understand why we have been having such a difficult time recruiting LBs the over the past few years. Hopefully a late unexpected four star realizing he can get early playing time will fall into our lap. Looking forward to 2010 and beyond, LB seems to be the one position of concern.
As for McGuffie, very sad to lose an exciting highlight reel guy...especially one as humble and likeable as him. It's like we never really got to know him, as a person or player...but I definitely wish him the best. And now in retrospect stealing that Shaw commitment from Penn State last year becomes that much bigger.

Garvie Craw

December 15th, 2008 at 9:50 AM ^

Good to get the big guys, especially O-lineman. If Will Campbell commits, and DeQuinta Jones doesn't change his mind, the trenches will be looking good. Wouldn't mind if Dewayne Peace went elsewhere. Got enough electrons.

Garvie Craw

December 15th, 2008 at 10:30 AM ^

When RichRod took over he basically ignored a kid named Christian Wilson who had committed to Lloyd. His mother was on another site bewildered as to why this was happening. She finally was told that the message was "we don't need you" and he went to North Carolina. Was that shitty of RR? I also heard that the M coaches hadn't had much contact with Jordan Barnes for awhile. It's life. If losing Peace, who probably won't play much, means gaining a much needed LB, so be it. He has other offers from schools that don't have a couple of kids named Miller and Jackson on the way.

chitownblue (not verified)

December 15th, 2008 at 10:41 AM ^

This is so riddled with nonsense that it makes the mind spin.

When RichRod took over he basically ignored a kid named Christian Wilson who had committed to Lloyd. His mother was on another site bewildered as to why this was happening. She finally was told that the message was "we don't need you" and he went to North Carolina. Was that shitty of RR? I also heard that the M coaches hadn't had much contact with Jordan Barnes for awhile. It's life.

How does Rodriguez allegedly being an asshole excuse you being an asshole? Wait - it doesn't.

If losing Peace, who probably won't play much, means gaining a much needed LB, so be it.

How do we know he won't play? He was offered by a slew of top teams (Texas, Oklahoma). Rodriguez and his staff know a hell of a lot more about football than I do (and, I'd assume, you as well). If this kid got an early offer (he was offered before the season started, and before kids like Cameron Gordon at the same position), then people who know football thinks he has value. Also, losing Peace would, in no way, shape, or form, effect the possibility of getting a LB. That's a false choice you've established. We can take 6 more kids without losing one.

He has other offers from schools that don't have a couple of kids named Miller and Jackson on the way.

It is widely believed that Peace's destination will be CB - a position of need.

benAZ

December 15th, 2008 at 11:07 AM ^

"When RichRod took over he basically ignored a kid named Christian Wilson who had committed to Lloyd. His mother was on another site bewildered as to why this was happening. She finally was told that the message was "we don't need you" and he went to North Carolina. Was that shitty of RR?"

If x=y, and y=z, then x=z... You cant fault RR for not bringing a kid in that he didn't recruit, especially since we had a surplus of LB's in last year's class when RR was introduced. Which obviously everyone knows all the issues with how that turned out, so please don't destroy me after this. And Peace being 6 foot doesn't exactly make him a smurf. I will agree with you and everyone else with Miller and Jackson coming in, we don't need a lot of WR, but I didn't expect to need any LB's this year either.