Jake Ryan has COMMITTED to Michigan

Submitted by jg2112 on January 18th, 2010 at 2:09 PM

The Scout people are reporting that Jake Ryan has committed within the hour.

This makes, I believe, 8 of the top 50 Ohio prospects Michigan commits.

Of course, with Dantonio "outrecruiting" Michigan in the Great Lakes State, this softens the blow.

Well done Rich Rod. This Ryan kid seemed to have been severely underscouted and underrated.



January 18th, 2010 at 2:28 PM ^

An interview listed on Scout, Ryan said that he will play OLB at Michigan. Much to the chagrin of the Michigan faithful who were hoping he would be a ILB.


January 18th, 2010 at 2:50 PM ^

If you consider our defense a 4-3 Under base D, which I do, then the WILL LB spot is technically an outside LB. It is similar to the BUCK LB in the 3-3-5 defense that he played at Ignatius. Of course, this is all speculation now, I'm sure he could move to MIKE if needed.


January 18th, 2010 at 4:16 PM ^

Well, Roh is listed as an OLB on the roster, and Steve Brown's position was clearly an OLB. So any linebackers who align themselves between those two positions should be, as I see it, an ILB. Therefore, Mouton at WILL is an ILB. If he's considered an OLB, then that means we have three OLBs on the field and only one ILB (Ezeh), which is just weird.


January 18th, 2010 at 2:49 PM ^

From the rivals article.

"I play outside linebacker and I would line up over the tight end," he said. "I would be an outside rush guy."

The way this staff recruits defense is to get a lot of bodies in place, then see where they best fit in the spring/fall etc.


January 18th, 2010 at 2:37 PM ^

So we find out that the sleeper is really Jack Ryan's son Jake. Refresh my memory but I thought they only had a daughter in Patriot Games. I must have missed the last couple of books. Oh well, great pick up for Rich Rod to pull any kid out of Cleveland.


January 18th, 2010 at 2:41 PM ^

He looks like the newest edition to a group of very athletic but raw defensive players... even more of a reason to have a senior LB coach who knows what he is doing.

I'm gonna have to trust that RR knows what he is doing, and I look forward to this kid having some monster hits on Buckeyes in the future. Have confidence everyone!


January 18th, 2010 at 2:47 PM ^

My best guess for this kid:

He is one of those kids who play at a MAC-type school that you say "how the hell isn't this kid in a major conference?".

Of course you usually have to wait until their Junior/Senior year to say that. So... a lot of development into this kid and he should be a starter for us in ~3 years.


January 18th, 2010 at 2:49 PM ^

I like the pick up, same situation as Emilien but hopefully more immediate upside and less injury concern.

1) Check the highlight video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhKjM55xRPI at about 1 minute awesome hit on the RB

2) looks like a solid blitzer with instincts for the ball

3) a bit rangy but will do well w/some barwis magic

4) will have to see if he can learn to play ILB

5) has frame (6'3") and speed (4.6 ish) to be a beast


January 18th, 2010 at 2:56 PM ^

So does anyone have any insight about why he isn't more highly rated. He has good size, he seems to have decent speed and he has a great highlight video. He's a good tackler who always seems to knock the ballcarrier backwards. He looks tenacious and has a nose for the ball. What are his weaknesses?

My understanding is that coaches and the recruiting sites generally rate kids based mostly on their highlight videos. What are they seeing that I am not?



January 18th, 2010 at 3:06 PM ^

Regarding his legs.... they don't look like stumps at all.... unlike Vinopal. I actually like this pickup. Well done RR. Kid has a frame that you build muscle around without losing speed. He looks athletic. And yes, the kid looks proportioned. Lol. Like an athlete.

Welcome aboard Jake!


January 18th, 2010 at 3:04 PM ^

He was injured at least part of his Junior Year I'm almost positive. I'm not sure how much time he missed, but if it was the majority of the season that would probably play a role in why BCS schools weren't as high on him, also could of limited him from going to camps and stuff.


January 18th, 2010 at 3:06 PM ^

...that no one on this board saw him play against DG when Inkster traveled to St. Ignatius on 10/17/09. Can anyone provide input on how he performed in that game against a top-notch QB? Just checkin', thanks.