Essexville (MI) Garber defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren committed to Michigan on Monday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Central Michigan and Kentucky.
Van Sumeren is listed at 6’3″ and 270 lbs. He was recently named all-state in 6A. As a sophomore in 2019, he made 91 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 11 sacks.
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VanSumeren was offered by Michigan in April of 2019. He’s the younger brother of Michigan running back Ben VanSumeren, who is completing his second year on the football team. It was long expected that the younger VanSumeren would follow in his brother’s footsteps and end up as a Wolverine.
Alex is a much different player than his brother. Whereas Ben was a running back/receiver/linebacker, Alex plays some running back and tight end but generally lumbers. He does have good closing speed for a defensive tackle position, and his ability to stay low and use leverage is a plus. He uses his hands well.
Because of the position variability, I’m reminded of former Michigan fullback Vince Helmuth, who eventually ended up at defensive tackle but never really factored into Michigan’s lineup. The ceiling is former Michigan nose tackle Ryan Glasgow, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals. With two years of high school remaining, it will be interesting to see how he develops.
Alex VanSumeren is the first commitment in the class of 2022 and the second ever from Garber (the first being his brother, obviously). It’s too far out to tell how large the 2022 class will be or what the general makeup will consist of, though the Wolverines are currently in need of defensive tackles going forward.
TTB Rating: It’s too far out to give a rating right now.
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