Name: Brady Pallante
Height/Weight: 6'1, 280 lbs
Position: Defensive Tackle
School/Hometown: Barron Collier HS (Naples, FL)
Star Rating: ★★★
Originally accepted as a greyshirt commitment, the coaching staff removed it in order to accept him as a 2014 recruit. Pallante is a largely under-recruited player from Florida, only receiving two scholarship offers (Michigan and Appalachian State). He grew up a big fan of Michigan football and it was widely assumed that Pallante was a lock to Michigan after receiving an offer in February. He took an unofficial visit to Michigan in April and committed the next day. Like former Michigan defensive tackle Mike Martin, Pallante was also a successful high school wrestler.
Where He Fits
Although Michigan doesn't really have an impact tackle appear on the defensive line yet, it is hard to picture a scenario where Pallante will see playing time in 2014. With junior Ondre Pipkins returning from a ACL tear last season and sophomore Willie Henry expected to see more playing time, the depth chart is crowded and it might signal Pallante getting lost in the shuffle. Not to mention, the coaching staff are also excited for early enrollee freshman Bryan Mone (who has much better weight than Pallante) and redshirt freshman Maurice Hurst Jr. and Henry Poggi to make an impact this season.
Though Pallante had impressive technique in high school, a redshirt year in 2014 is likely. A redshirt will allow him to have mass gains (although he's made some gains before arriving to campus) and hone his technique even further.