On this week’s Future Brew, we discuss the recent visit 2022 three-star offensive lineman Connor Jones took to Ann Arbor. That eventually led to his commitment, which he announced yesterday. So what exactly is Michigan going to get out of him?
Von: Let’s move onto an offensive lineman who recently took a visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend. It’s a guy I’m not shocked to see take a self-guided visit here on his own dime during this COVID that’s still going on. It’s Connor Jones, the three-star offensive lineman from Colorado. He’s ranked No. 774 overall on the composite. They got him listed as an offensive tackle, but I think U-M is recruiting him as an interior offensive lineman, but he can pretty much play anywhere. Jon, what do you think of him as a prospect in general?
Jon: I watched Jones’ tape today — I liked it. I think he’s better than his ranking. He’s really good at engaging guys. Once he locks on, he stays on guys and drives them back. He’s got good hand placement. The feet need to work better, sinking his hips and using the huge 6-foot-7 frame a little bit better.
Von: I’ve always kind of been in the mindset that if Ed Warinner likes a guy along the offensive line, just listen to him, don’t look at the recruiting ranking. If it ends up being a high ranked recruit, that’s great, but if not just trust that it will probably work out.
Stephen: I would expect Michigan to look for 3-4 guys and kind of be like a reverse of what you see for the 2021 class, where you have maybe some more three-stars, and then maybe a four-star. It’s still early, so anything can shake out. But I think you’re going to have more developmental guys because of how many you took in 2021, and that makes sense with Jones. The main thing with Jones is he needs to work on consistency. He flashed a lot of different things. He did show the ability to fire out low, but not all the time. And then sometimes his footwork really scared me. Sometimes he’d have a good kick step, but not often. If he really does project on the outside with that size, that would be the biggest area of improvement for him. But he flashed good pop and I reiterate what Jon said, his best attribute is to stay engaged with guys in run-blocking. If he projects on the interior with that size, it’d be a little bit unique, but he did seem like an athletic guy. His testing numbers look to be that way as well. He’ll be an interesting guy.
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