This morning, Michigan received a commitment from Ohio 3-star prospect Caden Kolesar, per his Twitter.
Before you ask, yes, this is the son of former Michigan wide receiver and Jim Harbaugh target John Kolesar.
Kolesar plays at the Ohio powerhouse St. Edward’s, who just won a state championship. He is teammates with wide receiver commit Quintel Kent and recent running back PWO offer Jordan Castleberry.
As you can see on the commitment graphic, the younger Kolesar will be a grayshirt commit. This means he can enroll in the university next fall, but won’t join the team until the winter semester of his freshman year. This pushes his scholarship to count for the 2020 class instead of this year’s.
Kolesar held offers from a couple MAC schools and Army before deciding to attend U-M.
Continuing a recent recruiting trend by the staff towards speedy, versatile athletes, Kolesar could play on either side of the ball, as a safety or slot receiver. He has one of the fastest shuttle times in the country at 4.18 seconds. For comparison, Quinten Johnson ran a 4.17 and is in the top 10 of SPARQ score in the country.
His senior season statistics and film seem to show he’d be better suited for defense. Kolesar racked up 150 tackles, one interception and 13 pass breakups. He added five sacks and three forced fumbles on his way to being named first-team All Ohio. On offense, he had a rushing touchdown and four receptions.
What’s limiting Kolesar’s ranking is his size. He only stands at 5-foot-9, which is a few inches shorter than what you’d want for a safety. But his bloodlines, athleticism and statistics show he has the potential to outperform his low 3-star rating once he is able to join the team in just over a year from now.
Check out Kolesar’s senior year highlights below: