Michigan's 11th Commit: Jordan Barnes

ErocWolverineSenior Writer IJune 25, 2008

Overview:

Undersized outside linebacker who plays hard and hustles all over the field. Could also be used as max back in two back sets. Also could help on special teams.


Strengths:


Runs well in straight lines and plays hard on every play. Strong at point of attack and does nice job taking in lead blockers. Solid in coverage and a good blitzer.

Needs work:


Not as fundamentally strong as some of Michigan's other commits. His pursuit angles and lateral movement are not the best. Also has habit of getting caught in traffic and shedding blockers, especially offensive linemen. Scrap and fill also needs to improve.

Our Take:


Good prospect, but there are a lot better linebackers out there that are interested in Michigan. It will be interesting to see what happens from here on out on guys that don't have offers at this position.

Julius Ferrell "we think" is a better prospect and does not have an offer right now, but that doesn't mean that Barnes can't become a great linebacker. It might just be that not showing up at one of the camps hurt his chances and they decided to go after Barnes hard and get him onboard.