Hello: 2014 LB Noah Furbush

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on July 1st, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Per Steve Lorenz at 247, the LB will join the 2014 class. Looks to be a consensus 3* to the major sites.

Steve Lorenz@TremendousUM21s

Linebacker Noah Furbush has committed to #Michigan



Todd Plate's n…

July 1st, 2013 at 9:31 AM ^

I'm no film guru and I look forward to input from the more knowledgable posters, but at a minimum looks like a big kid with great straight line speed for his size.  Rivals/Scout seem to agree he is around 230...any chance this kid grows into a wde?

Welcome aboard Noah! 

Todd Plate's n…

July 1st, 2013 at 9:36 AM ^

yeah, those first few plays certainly felt like watching Ryan.  Couldn't recall how big he was when he came in and didn't know if Furbush had the type of frame that would keep in the SLB range or had room for 35 lbs. 

Will be interesting to see how the class unfolds the rest of the way and where exactly it ends up in terms of numbers. 

Space Coyote

July 1st, 2013 at 11:51 AM ^

That's good enough for government work, because that sure is some government-level acronym making right there. Touchee, friend, touchee.

EDIT: Moderation should have been either "Insightful" or "Informative", but I couldn't really figure out the difference, so I was just like "this post is really normal" and so that's why it is what it is.


July 1st, 2013 at 10:47 AM ^

Magnus, I would be interested to see your projections for the three LB spots including players already on the team as well as those who have signed LOIs (2013 kids) and those who have verbally committed (2014). Where do you see these guys likely playing among the WILL, MIKE and SAM spots?

Thanks in advance.

Space Coyote

July 1st, 2013 at 10:59 AM ^

But IMO, Ferns is the best of the bunch on the inside, though I still like his upside at SAM better than at MIKE, the difference is pretty small. Winovich is a SAM all the way. I personally like Furbush as a SAM or even WDE than I do MIKE.

That being said, Furbush just had some really good shuttle times at a camp he recently went to. He could have improved his lateral quickness and instincts over the past few months. Right now, he doesn't look like the fleetest of foot in the middle, and I don't really know if he's fast enough sideline-to-sideline to have the upside in the middle. 20 years ago I could easily see him in the middle, but based on his junior film I don't see it yet. I said this elewhere, but one of two things seem evident: 1) he's improved a lot recently to make himself a more viable MIKE candidate; 2) the coaches are going to give him a shot in the middle and see if his recognition and playing quickness can improve with reps, and if not they'll let his future position sort itself out.

IMO, he'll redshirt regardless, despite his size, to get more reps in the middle.


July 1st, 2013 at 11:00 AM ^

Here's where I think each one fits best, although it may not mesh with what the coaches think:

SAM: Ryan, Gordon, McCray*, Winovich, Furbush
MIKE: Morgan, Jenkins-Stone, Bolden, Ferns
WILL: Ross, Poole, Gedeon

*If McCray's 6'1" like some people say, he probably won't be big enough for SAM. If he's 6'3" or 6'4", I think that's the best spot for him.

Space Coyote

July 1st, 2013 at 11:04 AM ^

I personally like RJS as a WILL more than a MIKE. Leaner lower body would make me a little worried about putting him at MIKE, whereas his lean frame and slashing ability could probably be used more regularly at WILL. But he's also played MIKE most of his life, so his instincts are probably better there, and the two positions are highly similar anyway.


July 1st, 2013 at 11:20 AM ^

Thanks, Magnus. As I suspected, UM is looking a little light at the WILL especially if Poole is unable to continue his playing career as is still being speculated.

Follow up question: If UM were to take a fourth LB in this class (unlikely, I know), who do you think would be a good fit for the WILL spot?