Strengths: Raw power, punishing frame, good straight-line speed, good but somewhat inconsistent footwork, very good on blocks, good decisions in space.
Weaknesses: Not great change of direction, 0-60 speed is lacking, doesn’t always make an impact when blitzing.
Honey, turn off the sprinklers, it’s raining linebackers in here.
So, last time, I had a lot to gush about with Maryland-turned-IMG transfer Jordan Anthony. This post will be a little bit more reserved. For one, let me start off by saying that we only have Drew’s junior year highlights to go off of, as he injured his ACL in the season-opening game (ironically, in the Big House) of his senior year this September.
I also think Drew Singleton brings a little bit more of a known commodity to the Wolverines - a run-stopping, running back-eating middle linebacker type, albeit a solidly athletic one. Michigan already has a similar type of guy in Ben Mason, though Mason seems destined for fullback given how Harbaugh’s recruiting.
As for any immediate impact, I could see Singleton in a reserve role early on, while working on some agility drills and learning the playbook. Offenses love to challenge linebackers in space, and that could be an area of (relative) weakness for Drew. He might also see time on special teams.
Player that he could turn into: This is a tough one. I’m going to say Desmond Morgan, although Singleton has more upside and could make a run at All-Conference honors in a few years. Des was a low-three-star prospect coming out of high school, while Singleton is a mid-four-star (!!), but Desmond had a similarly stocky frame and did a lot with what he had.
I’d expect Singleton to make more of an impact in his time in Ann Arbor, while mainly patrolling the middle and making punishing hits on anybody who comes in his way.