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Quick Analysis: Tyrone Wheatley Jr. to Michigan

Taking a look at what the four-star legacy commit brings to the Wolverines.

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Michigan's biggest pull on National Signing Day was the commitment of tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (Manlius, New York), a legacy commit who seemed poised to wear the winged helmet for quite some time.

He is the son of former Wolverine running back legend Tyrone Wheatley, who was also hired to Jim Harbaugh's staff to coach the running backs. (No, he was not hired so they could land the commitment of his son.)

Wheatley is a four-star prospect and the 12th ranked tight end in this class, according to 247's Composite Ranking. Some schools were recruiting him at defensive end, so it goes to show the type of athlete that he is.

He is quite the specimen at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds coming out of high school. He already has the build of a college athlete and will only refine that more in time.

Wheatley does not look like the type of tight end like a Devin Funchess or Jimmy Graham-type player that can stretch the field and create a huge mismatch as a vertical threat. He is more of a middle-of-the-field safety valve that has good hands and can make tough catches.

Some have suggested that he would easily be able to put on some more weight and slide over to offensive tackle. I don't see that happening for him at Michigan, but he does appear to be solid in run blocking at the tight end position. He's big enough and physical enough to lay a good hit and push some players around.

If this staff can find a way to get Wheatley a little bit faster and agile, he will be a very good tight end for this offense. There are a lot of question marks at the position heading in to 2015, so it is not out of the question that he plays early and often.