2018 Season Countdown: #35 Noah Furbush

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24Jul 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #35 Noah Furbush

Noah Furbush (#59, image via MGoBlue)

Name: Noah Furbush
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 238 lbs.
High school: Kenton (OH) Kenton
Position: Linebacker
Class: Fifth year senior
Jersey number: #59
Last year: I ranked Furbush #37 and said he would be a backup SAM/WDE and special teamer (LINK). He made 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass breakup, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception returned for 27 yards.
TTB Rating: 64

In the year 2018, Furbush seems like a very odd player. Why? Because he’s still at Michigan. He’s a part-time starter, but due to Michigan’s defensive personnel choices, he’s limited in how many snaps he sees per game. It seems to me that a lot of fifth year seniors around the country would grad transfer if they were in his situation and try to go somewhere to be a full-time starter. Defensive coordinator Don Brown figured out last season that he could move Furbush around to a bunch of different places and use him as a weakside end on passing downs, stand him up to use him as a blitzer, or even drop him back into coverage. Realistically, Furbush might be Michigan’s most versatile player, but he rarely gets discussed because of the star power of Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Devin Bush, Jr., Khaleke Hudson, Lavert Hill, David Long, and others.

This year I expect more of the same from Furbush. He has developed into a very effective player and a key guy for Don Brown. Michigan lost weakside linebacker Mike McCray II to graduation, but Furbush has not been mentioned as potentially sliding over to WILL. He’s still a utility guy who will be deployed all over the field. It’s crazy that Michigan has three quasi-starter, fifth-year-seniors in Furbush, Brandon Watson, and Bryan Mone who will be coming off the bench but could start at Michigan, not to mention a bunch of other schools. There’s a glut of talent on the defensive side of the ball in Ann Arbor, and I expect Furbush to take another step forward this year. I could see him earning an NFL opportunity after this season, even though he’s not a full-time player for the Wolverines.

Prediction: Backup SAM, weakside end, special teamer

23Jul 2018
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Stephen Herron, Ex-Wolverine

Stephen Herron, Jr.

Louisville (KY) Trinity defensive end Stephen Herron, Jr. flipped his commitment from Michigan to Stanford on Monday.

Herron committed to Michigan a little less than a year ago, in July of 2017 (LINK). There have been rumors of him decommitting in favor of Stanford for months, and those rumors come to fruition more often than not. He insisted to reports over that time that he was solid to Michigan, but if you’ve been following recruiting for a while, you know commitments are only as good as the National Letters of Intent they’re signed on.

Michigan now has 18 commitments remaining in the 2019 class, including three defensive ends: Chris Hinton, Gabe Newburg, and David Ojabo. Newburg is a weakside end like Herron, but Hinton and Ojabo are more like strongside ends or defensive tackles.

Herron is a 4-star, the #5 weakside end, and #86 overall in the 247 Composite.

23Jul 2018
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Recruiting Update: July 23, 2018

Elias Ricks (image via OC Register)

There wasn’t a whole lot that happened in 2019 recruiting over the past week.

OFF THE BOARD

Jaden Davis – CB – Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas: Davis committed to Oklahoma.

Warren McClendon – OT – Brunswick (GA) Brunswick: McClendon committed to Georgia.

Isaiah Spiller – RB – Spring (TX) Klein Collins: Spiller, a former Oklahoma commit, picked the Texas A&M Aggies.

MISCELLANEY

Here’s an update list of visitors for the BBQ at the Big House (LINK), a list perhaps headlined by 2020 cornerback Elias Ricks (see above).

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