Michigan Football landed the services of 2016 linebacker/defensive end Joshua Uche (Miami, Florida) on Sunday evening, along with linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse.
The two players were a few of new defensive coordinator Don Brown's first recruiting targets after he was hired to replace D.J. Durkin. From there, he went out and closed the deal, so any questions about him as a recruiter have been answered to this point.
Uche is a three-star prospect and the 46th-ranked weak-side defensive end in the 2016 class, according to the 247 Composite rankings system.
At 6-2, 210 pounds, he is a bit undersized, which may or may not play into his ranking (though, it probably does), but he is a dynamic pass rusher and it is easy to see why Brown identified him as a target.
Uche is an explosive athlete that can get to the quarterback and cause trouble. He probably is not a defensive end at the next level just yet, but he absolutely has the look of a situational pass rusher at linebacker to start his career while he continues to round out his game and bulk up.
Despite his developing physique, Uche has a great motor and plays physical. He has the frame to add good weight to his build, so getting in the weight room with Kevin Tolbert is going to be key.
He certainly could be the type of player that outperforms his ranking down the road, but it is going to take some time. Still, it appears that his best football is ahead of him.