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Michigan QB commit Dan Villari talks skill-set being a schematic fit

Maize n Brew catches up with Michigan’s lone QB commit in the 2020 class.

The Michigan Wolverines landed their lone quarterback commitment in the 2020 class on Wednesday when three-star QB Dan Villari committed to the Wolverines.

Maize n Brew was able to catch up with Villari about the offer and what’s next for him.

Villari said that after a long, stressful process that included de-committing from Fordham, power-five programs started to notice him, such as Wisconsin and Michigan. After putting together an impressive season in an area of the country that doesn’t receive a ton of recognition from scouts. “They like how I was sort of a secret in the recruiting world because I’m from Long Island,” Villari said.

The 6-foot-4 Villari added 25 pounds of muscle in the off-season, and a productive season followed, rushing for 1,495 yards and 25 touchdowns, throwing for 1,315 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The dual-threat QB believes he can fit into Michigan’s scheme well. “They run a lot of RPO’s similar to my offense in high school, and made similar reads in high school,” Villari said.

What meant a lot to Villari was the fact quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, and head coach Jim Harbaugh all visited Villari together in Long Island. “It showed that they were very interested,” Villari said. “Considering three of them flew out to Long Island the first day of recruiting.”

Villari then made an official visit to Michigan, a trip that made an impression. “Unbelievable facilities, great coaching staff, and top notch education,” Villari said. “Coach Mcdaniels I’ve gotten to know the most, I got to know coach Gattis, coach Harbaugh, and a ton of other coaches. I like how they are great people, and we had a lot of laughs over the weekend.”

When asked to describe what type of player Villari as, he said that he has a strong pocket presence, is an athletic playmaker with good arm strength, athleticism, anticipation, and quick feet.

To learn more about the other players in Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class click here for a full rundown.