Michigan's 2016 football recruiting class continued to grow this week with commitments from a pair of players that will factor into the rotation on the trenches, one on offense and one on defense.
The first was on Wednesday with the commitment of four-star offensive tackle Devery Hamilton (Baltimore, Maryland). Here's a snippet of what he brings to the table:
He is an athletic tackle prospect and does a really nice job of moving laterally in all facets of run and pass blocking. Hamilton is quick off of the snap of the ball and is able to gain leverage on blockers and lower his pad level regardless of his big frame.
The thing that sticks out most about Hamilton is his footwork. He is much farther along in that aspect of his game than a lot of other tackle prospects I have seen in this class. That, coupled with increased size and strength once he gets on campus could make him a candidate for early playing time. He has the look of a guy who could play just about anywhere he gets slotted on the offensive line.
Michigan now has two possible left tackles of the future in this class with Hamilton and Ben Bredeson. One or both should be able to pan out and be a huge difference maker on the line for the Wolverines.
Following the commitment of Khalid Kareem to Alabama, you would have thought Michigan's recruiting class was dead and the staff forgot how to recruit. That obviously is not the case, and they brought in a very good defensive end just a day later in four-star prospect Ron Johnson (Camden, New Jersey).
We did a quick analysis on him shortly following his commitment, as well:
He has a big frame that has room to add some good weight throughout his college career. Johnson displays great raw strength and has a very quick first step off of the snap of the football. He is very good against the run, using his upper-body strength to throw blockers around and get into the backfield.
As a pass-rusher, he is still a bit raw and he gets caught with a high pad level at times, but he has the athleticism and has shown some good pass rush moves on his tape.
Johnson is a hard-hitter and shows good pursuit when chasing around the ball carrier. Right now, he sort of gets by on his physical tools, but should continue to develop throughout the next few years.
A few notable offers have gone out in the last few days, starting with 2016 with a pledge extended to defensive end Antonneous Clayton (Vienna, Georgia).
Blessed to receive a offer from university of Michigan #grinding— antonneous clayton (@antonneousc) June 25, 2015
Clayton is a four-star prospect and ninth-ranked defensive end in the class, per the 247 Composite.
Moving on to 2017, where Michigan offered a visiting center prospect in four-star Cesar Ruiz out of New Jersey.