Lakewood (OH) St. Edward athlete Caden Kolesar committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Akron, Army, and Bowling Green. It’s unclear right now whether Kolesar is committed as a scholarship player, grayshirt, or preferred walk-on. (UPDATE: Kolesar confirmed he will be a preferred walk-on.)
Kolesar is listed at 5’10” and 195 lbs. He claims a 4.61 forty, a 4.18 shuttle, and a 32.7″ vertical.
Rivals: 2-star S, 5.4 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, #173 ATH, #2201 overall
Hit the jump for more on Kolesar’s commitment.
Kolesar is the son of former Michigan wide receiver John Kolesar, who played at Michigan from 1985-1988. The elder Kolesar averaged 23.4 yards per catch on 61 receptions throughout his career, and he scored 13 career touchdowns. The younger Kolesar has visited Michigan during the recruiting process, but he was not pegged as a likely offer candidate. Ohio regional recruiting analyst Bill Greene has been high on Caden throughout, but obviously only some lower-level FBS programs came through with offers.
Kolesar was a very productive player for his high school team, notching 150 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 13 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 punt return touchdown, 1 kickoff return touchdown, and 1 blocked kick. He was named First Team All-Ohio on defense and his team won the state championship. He has an excellent shuttle time and a decent forty time. On film Kolesar is a nosy safety who’s not afraid to step up and support the run from the safety position. He shows solid change-of-direction skills and his low center of gravity helps him stay with receivers in and out of their breaks. With the ball in his hands, Kolesar is a decently tough runner who shows some moderate long speed.
One concerning thing about Kolesar is his size. While he’s listed at 5’10”, the aforementioned Green says he’s 5’8″ or 5’9″, and the shorter end of that spectrum seems most likely. The shuttle time is good, but that doesn’t always show on the field. He can be a little indecisive with the ball in his hands, which makes the change-of-direction skills a little less relevant. Defensively, he shows good instincts and reacts well to his receivers, but his ball skills are a little limited, perhaps because of his lack of height.
In my opinion, Kolesar looks like a special teamer and role player at the next level. Some people may point to Jordan Kovacs, but Kovacs was taller. As a receiver, I don’t think Kolesar is superior to walk-on Jake McCurry. I see him playing on coverage units. Greene thinks he will make more of an impact at slot receiver, but I’m not sure how he fits on either side of the ball. He can play slot receiver, but he’s not a difference-maker on offense.
Assuming Kolesar is a grayshirt, that means he will not participate with the football team in 2019 and he will become a scholarship player in 2020. Michigan did something similar with kicker Jake Moody in the 2018 class, but when a scholarship spot opened up, Moody was given a scholarship during the season.
Kolesar is also a teammate of 2019 Michigan commit Quintel Kent, a wide receiver.
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