Ryan Hayes Commits To Michigan

Submitted by Brian on May 27th, 2017 at 7:29 PM

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Michigan's picked up their second in-state tackle in a few days here:

Traverse City (Mich.) West Top247 offensive tackle/tight end Ryan Hayes tells 247Sports he has committed to Michigan.

Hayes also strongly considered opportunities from Notre Dame and Michigan State among others.

"It just felt right from my first visit and I just loved everything about it there," Hayes added.

Like Jalen Mayfield, Hayes is a Greg Frey special delivery: an athletic frame to heap muscle on until 300 pounds is achieved and you've unlocked Taylor Lewan 2.0. Hayes is the #3 player in the state on the composite and #205 player overall; he could be upwardly mobile on those in-state rankings since Marquan McCall just told Land of Ten that his Kentucky commitment was more or less because everyone else stopped calling.

Hayes is a four-star on three sites, with Rivals currently lagging. Ace will have a hello post in the near future.

Comments

Shop Smart Sho…

May 27th, 2017 at 7:55 PM ^

Does anyone else think he's built more like Bunting than Lewan?  Do they really think he's going to get to 300 pounds?

I'm not saying it's impossible, and it's always possible that is a really bad picture, but he doesn't look like he has the same type of frame as your normal left tackle.

Shop Smart Sho…

May 27th, 2017 at 8:13 PM ^

I just realized I wasn't completely clear.  I know they can put on the weight.  It was more about the way he's built.  He doesn't look all that broad across the shoulders like you generally expect from a tackle.  Again, it could be from the photo composition and the lack of anything to give a sense of scale.  It's just that looking at his shoulders and what you can see of his arms, he doesn't really look like a large human being.  He looks like a basketball player.

Maybe the better comparision would be that he looks more like Donnal than Teske or Davis.

MGoStrength

May 28th, 2017 at 11:22 AM ^

People gain weight and muscle at different rates.  There are two genetic predispositions to muscle to consider.  One is the amount of muscle people just naturally have without doing anything.  Two is how quickly they adapt to resistance training by gaining muscle.  The two are sometimes, but not always correlated.  Ryan does not seem naturally gifted with the former, but we don't yet know about the latter.  A guy like O'Maury Samuels is very gifted with the former, but we don't know yet about the latter.  Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a lot of pictures online of Ryan so it's hard to say, plus it's unlikely he's been in a consistent structured resistance training program and/or nutrition program.

MGoStrength

May 29th, 2017 at 10:04 AM ^

The research on adaptations to resistance training show huge discrepancies between those that respond quickly with muscular adaptations to resistance training and those that don't.  Some research even shows reductions in muscle mass and strength with resistance training.  It really is the haves and the have nots.  And, some don't look like anything special until they start training and then they blow up.  You just never know until you start training.  But, at least the good thing about that is that muscularity and raw strength like bench press or squat max, neither are good indicators of sports success.

war-dawg69

May 27th, 2017 at 8:45 PM ^

Mayfield is allready pushing 270 from what I have heard. Both him and hayes will come into college over 270 pounds. Redshirt a year at least, nutrition and s and c program. Take a picture know because they will never look like that again and neither one of them is ever going to play TE. These kids are both projections because of athletic ability. What everyone has to look at is how high Hayes is allready ranked without ever playing tackle in high school. I bet he plays left tackle this year exclusively and if he dominates his ranking will skyrocket that I an sure of.

Magnus

May 28th, 2017 at 7:13 AM ^

This is the type of left tackle you want. I know people are enamored with the likes of Chuck Filiaga, but Filiaga is top-heavy and not a great athlete all-around. He might be able to play LT, but generally, I think you want to get good athletes at left tackle rather than big bodies.

Despite the objections of some, eating and lifting will almost always do the trick. Especially when you're already 250+ pounds.

PutInPeters18

May 28th, 2017 at 10:03 PM ^

The distinction between right and left tackle isn't really that big anymore. And against teams like OSU who can put great ends on both sides, that distinction is practically non-existent. Need tremendous pass blocking from both tackles in those cases. Filiaga is too slow, needs to play on the inside.

dragonchild

May 29th, 2017 at 6:38 PM ^

At least for this offense, LT and RT are different positions because the QB will drop back, which means there's a blind side.  That means the LT is going to be the best pass-protecting lineman on the team, sacrificing run blocking if necessary.  What OSU rolls out doesn't matter to the formation because you can see a strongside rush coming.  That's a very conventional LT vs. RT difference.

There's no distinction in the shotgun offense, sure, but I don't see us turning zone read into our bread-and-butter with Speight or Peters, though this guy may take a few years to develop at which point anything goes.

PutInPeters18

June 1st, 2017 at 12:21 PM ^

I mean yeah, it's still there to some degree, but that degree is getting less and less. For example, even if you can see a strong side rush coming you still need guys who can stop a strong side rush in pass pro.

My point is, Filiaga doesn't seem like a tackle to me, either at left or right, I think his lack of foot speed would kill him at tackle. Hope I'm wrong. Stueber is probably your better bet to play RT this year amongst freshman OL.

war-dawg69

May 27th, 2017 at 8:59 PM ^

And sometimes necessary. As long as you are not racking up fifteen yarders. Pick eleven in the nfl draft for a reason for sure. I want a whole line of lewans lining up against osu. Make no mistake these are the types of lineman who will be mannning UM offensive line going forward.

Mr. Yost

May 30th, 2017 at 6:02 PM ^

Stop it. Being nasty and uncalled cheap shots are NOT why Lewan was a top pick. Being good at football is the reason. The rest is just being a goon. Kyle Kalis had plenty of NASTY and cheap shot in him. Someone tell me where he went in the draft. Don't worry, I'll wait...

Mgodiscgolfer

May 28th, 2017 at 10:27 PM ^

or lack there of, by the time he left but I wished we could have found another tackel as good as him blocking on the football field and I would say we are still looking for his equal. One other thing, Taylor has been getting more than his share of good publicity recently I assume he is getting more mature as he ages. Giving his jersey and autographed footballs away gives me hope he can fly the maize and blue with pride and not shame. I will wish him nothing but the best as he matures into a Michigan man we all can be proud of.

Mgodiscgolfer

May 28th, 2017 at 10:27 PM ^

or lack there of, by the time he left but I wished we could have found another tackel as good as him blocking on the football field and I would say we are still looking for his equal. One other thing, Taylor has been getting more than his share of good publicity recently I assume he is getting more mature as he ages. Giving his jersey and autographed footballs away gives me hope he can fly the maize and blue with pride and not shame. I will wish him nothing but the best as he matures into a Michigan man we all can be proud of.