Andrew Stueber, the 786th ranked player in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports Composite, committed to Michigan over the weekend. The 3* tackle had offers from Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, among others, but a an offer from the University of Michigan was too much to pass up.
Stueber earned that offer the old fashioned way: by coming to Ann Arbor and competing on campus at the Michigan Big Man Camp. It had been reported by 247 that Michigan was on the fence on offering Stueber based on his junior year film, but he didn't want to leave that to chance. Anytime a kid takes an unofficial visit on his own dime, it's noteworthy, and Stueber coming to Ann Arbor for the camp and a chance to compete for a scholarship definitely opened the coaches eyes.
When it comes to his film, he immediately sticks out as the biggest and tallest guy on the field. Listed at 6'6 and 285 pounds with hardly any bad weight, he has the exact kind of frame you want in a guy who is most likely going to play tackle. However, he has a tendency to play a little too upright at times, and it's something that the Michigan coaches will certainly address. That does not limit his ability on the field right now, as his film is mostly him pancaking smaller defenders.
That is the best part about his film. It seems as if the first half of his film are all of his big-time impact blocks, and about 75% of the tape ends up with him throwing dudes to the ground. He plays with very good technique and does a good job of keeping his hands inside and maintaining leverage. His run blocking is very impressive, and once he gets coached up by Tim Drevno and Co., he should be a mauler in the run game.
There was not too much to go off with game film as far as his pass-pro goes, but there is some Nike camp stuff out there showing Stueber go up against some very good pass rushers, and he at least held his own. There's a lot of room for him to grow, but he seemed to be able to at least split the reps that were shown. He went up against fellow Michigan commit 4* DE Luiji Vilain, and won a couple reps. Impressive, to say the least, for someone pushing 300 pounds to keep up with the much smaller Vilain.
One thing that stands out about Michigan recruiting is the offer sheets of some of the lower-end prospects in the class. It seems they almost always have big-time academic institutions who have offered, and Stueber is no different. He holds offers from Harvard and Yale. Stueber fits the mold of that traditional, hard-nosed offensive lineman that Jim Harbaugh loved at Stanford and is starting to bring to Michigan. Guys who are smart and can adapt to Michigan's offense quickly.
As far as things go for Stueber when he arrives in Ann Arbor, a red-shirt is a certainty, with opportunity for playing time up for grabs. With Michigan looking to take 6 offensive linemen, and being in on highly sought after guys like TJ Slaton and Isaiah Wilson, it all depends on what that depth chart looks like. He will also be competing with JaRaymond Hall, who has been committed to Michigan since December. He looks like a right tackle, but that could change once he gets to Michigan.
Based on his film, and the Michigan coaches offering after getting hands-on with him, it's a good bet that he ends up being a contributor at some point in his Michigan career.