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Name: Ed Warinner
Weight: 225 lbs.
High school: Powell (OH) Olentangy Liberty
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: I did not rank Warinner. He redshirted at Michigan State.
TTB Rating: N/A
Warinner pulled one of those rare, seemingly unprecedented moves and transferred sides of the in-state rivalry, from Michigan State to Michigan. He is, of course, the son of Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner, and the father-son situation seems to make it very likely that the elder Warinner will stay in Ann Arbor for the remainder of the younger Warinner’s career.
Warinner the linebacker was not recruited by Michigan out of high school, and I do not disagree with that choice by the Wolverines. I do not find Warinner to be a highly athletic player. But I don’t blame him for wanting to take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play big-time football with his dad on the staff. And as a walk-on, if it doesn’t work out where he works his way up to being a scholarship-level player, his father is a well compensated school employee who can afford the tuition.
As a non-graduate transfer, Warinner will have to sit out the 2020 season . . . unless the NCAA makes one-time transfer exceptions. I don’t have a bead on whether that will happen or not. If he has to sit out, obviously his importance will not be that great. If he’s deemed eligible, I still don’t think he would have an impact and would be somewhere in the lower 25% of this list.
Prediction: Redshirt (again)
Hit the jump for his high school highlights.
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