A few days ago, Michigan added a 10th commitment to the class of 2009.
Illinois OT Michael Schofield is a huge kid (6'5"-6'7", 270-ish depending on which site you see) with good quickness; something that RichRod will no doubt covet in his linemen, especially with the new spread offense being installed.
As with a lot of Michigan's class thus far, Schofield has strong ratings with one scouting site and quite a different rating with another.
Rivals has him as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 overall tackle in the class. Scout, meanwhile, only has him as a three-star prospect and the No. 29 tackle in the class.
Michigan's first offensive lineman recruit has a lot of positives —let's take a look at a few quotes from a recent article in the Chicago Sun Times:
“He’s the first good catch for Michigan out of Chicago in some time,” recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. “In one or two years, he can really develop into an All-American. He has a lot of potential.”
“[Michigan is] going to be in a spread offense and they are going to need offensive tackles that can move a little,” said Schofield, who now throws the discus and the shot put for the Eagles. “They said I’m a really good fit for them. They really liked my athleticism.”
“Ever since I was little kid, I always wanted to play Big Ten football. That was always my dream,” Schofield said. “It feels really good. Michigan is the perfect fit of football and academics.”
For those who think that the spread means smaller, quicker linemen, this obviously shows that those thoughts are wrong. Schofield is a big kid and I'm sure that RichRod will bring in others like him (PA's Adam Gress is similar, and Michigan has sent an offer out to him).
Stay tuned for more recruiting news. With summer camps going on, commitments should be rather frequent for the summer; at least one would hope.