Wyatt Shallman may end up having a larger role with the Michigan Wolverines in the future than some have initially expected.
The 6'3", 245-pound, 4-star Detroit Catholic Central standout was recruited as an athlete, meaning that Wolverines coach Brady Hoke could dole out several jobs to him.
One of his primary functions could be at fullback, blocking for running backs Thomas Rawls, Derrick Green, Deveon Smith and Fitz Toussaint this fall, barring a redshirt, of course.
Shallman’s size is ideal for the brand of football that Michigan is trying to implement under Hoke, a throwback style that mimics the hard-nosed ground-and-pound made famous by legendary coach Bo Schembechler.
Shallman’s official 4.7-second, 40-yard dash certainly suggests that he’s fast enough to throw blocks for the running backs. Those blocks could open huge gaps for speedsters like Green, who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com.
Shallman’s versatility allows for him to play defensive end, although he is slightly undersized for the Big Ten. He could also contribute on special teams as a blocking specialist.
He's the nation's 18th-ranked ATH and is the sixth-ranked prospect in the state of Michigan.
Why Michigan Can't Live Without Shallman
As mentioned, Michigan is trying to reestablish its power running attack. With Shallman, that attack gets a great boost from an athletic standpoint. Although he probably won’t be asked to do much leaping, his 38-inch vertical is another testament to his agility.
It’s not unusual, but not exactly common, either, for a young man Shallman’s size to move in such a manner.
The fact that Brady Hoke is gobbling up the high-end recruits bodes well for the program. Letting a kid like Shallman get out of Michigan would be a huge mistake. True power programs are the No. 1 destination for in-state talent.
Michigan has reinforced that aspect by snagging other top-tier prospects.
Shallman fits because he’s incredibly talented and versatile. His skill set is tailor made for a team like the Wolverines who love yard-by-yard slugfests—and with Shallman in the fold, the running backs’ comfort level will likely increase because of his presence.