Hamden (CT) Hall tight end Luke Schoonmaker committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Rutgers, among others.
Schoonmaker is 6’6″, 225 lbs. and runs a reported 4.6 forty. As a junior in 2016, he caught 5 passes for 111 yards and 2 TDs as a combo tight end/quarterback. He also ran 53 times for 623 yards (11.7 yards/carry) and 13 touchdowns, as well as completed 55/92 passes for 878 yards, 5 TDs, and 5 INTs.
Scout: 3-star TE, #78 TE
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #32 TE, #761 overall
Hit the jump for more on Schoonmaker’s commitment.
Schoonmaker attended a Michigan satellite camp this summer at Sacred Heart, and the coaching staff liked what they saw. They “offered” him, but he didn’t report the offer publicly (to my knowledge, at least). When Michigan realized that Jeremy Ruckert was headed to Ohio State, they opened the door wide enough to let Schoonmaker in.
As mentioned above, Schoonmaker is 6’6″, 225 lbs. and runs a 4.6 forty. Those are good measurables for a high schooler, even if he’s really 6’5″, 220 lbs., and a 4.7 guy. He doesn’t quite look 6’6″ on film, but his speed is impressive for such a big guy. He moves very well in a straight line, and he changes direction well, too. At the quarterback position, he’s able to make some nice cuts on zone read keepers, and he runs away from a lot of the competition in Connecticut. He shows good natural athleticism when catching the ball, and he uses his hands well to catch the ball away from his body. As a blocker he bends well, moves his feet, and shows good hand placement.
On the negative side, there’s still a lot of physical and technical development to take place. While he has functional speed and athleticism, he lacks the strength to be a plus blocker right now, and he could afford to be a little more aggressive. He needs to set up his routes a little better as a receiving tight end. As a lefty quarterback, he has some issues with accuracy and mechanics; I don’t think there’s any danger of him being a quarterback in college.
Overall, this is a solid pickup for the Wolverines. Schoonmaker’s not quite Jeremy Ruckert and has less experience as a pass receiver, but he’s not a bad consolation prize. On top of that, I always like guys who have experience at QB, because they’re often smart with an understanding of leadership. In a Jim Harbaugh offense, I think he has the potential to be an all-conference guy. I expect him to redshirt as a freshman, but Ian Bunting will be gone and the depth chart will likely include upperclassmen Tyrone Wheatley, Jr., Sean McKeon, and Nick Eubanks by the time Schoonmaker becomes playable.
Michigan now has 11 commitments in the 2018 class, and Schoonmaker is the lone long-term tight end. Ryan Hayes could be a blocking tight end, especially early in his career, but he’s likely an offensive tackle down the road. The Wolverines did not take a tight end in the 2017 class since Carter Dunaway decommitted, so he will have a big opportunity to play a few years down the road. Michigan is also recruiting Luke Ford and Mustapha Muhammad in the 2018 class, among others, and will probably take two guys at the position overall.
The Wolverines took three players from Connecticut in the 2017 class (Tarik Black, Ben Mason, and Andrew Stueber), and they’ll be aiming for another one in 2018 with cornerback Josh Jobe from Cheshire (CT) Cheshire Academy, a transfer from the Miami area and a current Miami commit.
TTB Rating: 75
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