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Quick Analysis: What 2016 Running Back Kareem Walker Brings to Michigan Football

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The Wolverines have nabbed the nation's top running back, who should make an instant impact in Ann Arbor.

Michigan secured the commitment of another big time prospect on Thursday afternoon, this time in the form of 2016 running back Kareem Walker (Wayne, New Jersey).

Walker is a four-star prospect, the nation's top running back and the 38th-overall player in the class, according to the 247 Composite.

Michigan's rushing attack had its moments in 2015, but a lead back -- or even an overly impressive one -- never emerged. The running back corps badly needed a shot in the arm and they have have that now in Walker.

That is not to say he is Leonard Fournette or Adrian Peterson. In time, could he be? Sure. He will enroll early and have the chance to play early and often.

Walker brings to the table a skill set that makes him a near-perfect fit in Jim Harbaugh's offense. He is a bigger back (6-foot-1, 215 lbs) who can play physical, but also brings the combination of speed and vision, as well.

Walker has excellent lateral quickness and has great burst out of his cuts. His footwork is good, but can certainly be better. There are times where he runs tall and upright, but does get low when contact comes his way. He does not stop moving his legs on contact, either, and keeps driving. All of this makes him difficult to bring down in the open field.

While not a true pass-catching back, he does flash the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield when the time comes.

There are two sides to the coin whenever Michigan brings in a high-profile recruit, namely at running back. One side will anoint the player as the savior to the run game, while the other will bring up past misses in Kevin Grady or Derrick Green. And that is fine. Recruiting is a game of chance and it can go either way.

Fans should expect him to be in the mix for carries right away, but he will likely split them with De'Veon Smith. If he is able to break out even bigger than that, then that is great news for Michigan.

When looking at the impact he could make, look at guys like LJ Scott at Michigan State or Ronald Jones II at USC this past season. If the Wolverines could get something along those lines from him in year one, then they will be in really nice shape in the run game moving forward.