Name: Antonio Poole
Weight: 215 lbs.
High school: Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, OH
Jersey number: #40
Last year: Poole was a high school senior (commitment post here)
TTB Rating: 82
Poole is one of the most exciting prospects in the 2011 class for Michigan, because he offers a glimpse into the “old ways” of Michigan football. He’s a weakside linebacker who’s a little on the small side, but he’s a good blitzer and can run a little bit. Weakside linebackers in Greg Mattison’s defense are players who have little responsibility other than “see ball, get ball.” As soon as Mattison was hired, he made it a point to visit Poole and push for a commitment, which showed that Mattison really wanted Poole.
I think Poole might be ready to get on the field immediately, even if it’s only on kick coverage. He’s the type of downhill linebacker that Michigan fans ought to be excited about, and he could even work his way into some reps if some of the upperclassman WILLs don’t play well early in the season.
Prediction: Special teams contributor; backup linebacker
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