Recruit Name: Noah Furbush
Height/Weight: 6-4, 240 lbs
Hometown/School: Kenton, OH (Kenton High School)
Position: Outside Linebacker
Star Rating: ✮✮✮ (247 Composite)
Noah Furbush is not necessarily a name that is mentioned often when it comes to Michigan's 2014 recruiting haul. Also coming from an under-recruited area of Ohio doesn't help his case either. However, Furbush's commitment process picked up quickly after his junior year. Although he finished with only 13 offers, arguably Michigan and Michigan State were his two best options for schools. Hometown team Ohio State showed interest but never ended up extending a scholarship offer. Furbush made his commitment to the Wolverines on July 1, 2013.
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Where He Fits in 2014
Heading into 2014, Michigan is fortunate enough to have some considerable depth at linebacker before the true freshman even hit campus for fall. So, it is very possible that this profile will sound a lot like Chase Winovich's.
For 2014, it starts with the depth.
Like Winovich, Furbush has the body type to go in many different ways in his career. He could stay at linebacker where he can either stay outside or has the athleticism and strength to move to the SAM position. Or, he could take a year and bulk up so he can try his like as a defensive end. Very similar to what Brennen Beyer has done during his career.
Returning at linebacker are the familiar faces in Jake Ryan, James Ross III, Desmond Morgan, etc. With players like Ben Gedeon and Royce Jenkins-Stone returning and looking for playing time, competition will be fairly stiff and seeing the field as a true freshman might be difficult for Furbush.
It all depends where the coaching staff wants him. For now, he's a linebacker. A redshirt year could be likely.