Recruit: Jared Wangler
Height/Weight: 6-2/226 lbs
Hometown/School: Warren, MI (De La Salle Collegiate)
Star Rating: ✮✮✮ (247 Composite)
A local product who went a long time without an offer from a major program, Jared Wangler has same familiarity for his last name. His father, John, was a quarterback for Michigan in the 70s and 80s. His brother Jack is currently playing for the Wolverines as a walk-on wide receiver. It was only a matter of time that another Wangler would make his way to Ann Arbor.
Although it did take some work.
Wangler was originally committed to Penn State, arguably the best offer (also was offered by Michigan State and LSU late in this process) on his list of 14 offers. However, the Michigan offer was too much to ignore as he confirmed his commitment to the Wolverines on Aug. 8, 2013.
Where He Fits in 2014
There is a slight possibility that playing time could be available to an incoming freshman this fall. However, it also possible that the freshman could be shelved for the year due to young depth already on roster and who are ready to break out in 2014 (which is a good thing).
In the case of Wangler, he has one thing going for him that Winovich and Furbush do not excel at right now: Pass coverage.
For most of his high school career, Wangler was featured heavily as a safety. So, naturally, his pass coverage abilities are far more superior compared to the other incoming freshman who excel at run blocking. However, this advantage comes with one major disadvantage as well, he's going to have to gain mass and learn the linebacker position in more depth. He is still fairly raw.
Weighing in at over 220 pounds is a good start , but gaining even more mass for Wangler is priority number one for him right now. Will it be enough to increase his chances to play in 2014? Maybe. Wangler reminds me of a Cam Gordon-type of linebacker.
As far as 2014 goes, it could be hit or miss. A redshirt year seems likely.