Andrew Stueber, Wolverine

Andrew Stueber, Wolverine


June 25, 2016
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Darien (CT) Darien OT Andrew Stueber

Darien (CT) Darien offensive tackle Andrew Stueber committed to Michigan on Saturday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, and Virginia, among others.

He stands 6’6″, 290 lbs.

RATINGS
ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 3-star, #64 OT
Scout: 3-star, #43 OT
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #79 OT, #740 overall

Hit the jump for more on Stueber’s commitment.

Stueber was a relative unknown in the Michigan recruiting world until he participated in the Big Man Camp at Michigan on June 18. The coaching staff went ahead and offered after the camp, and he immediately vaulted the Wolverines to the top of his list. Previously, he had been considered a probable Penn State Nittany Lion.

Stueber has good size and length for the offensive tackle position. He’s listed at 6’6″ and anywhere between 285-305 lbs. on the recruiting sites, but he has the frame to add the necessary weight if he’s lacking it. The #1 thing that stands out to me on his film is his willingness to finish blocks. He drives people into the ground, and when pass rushers get their hands up, he has the instinct to bash them in the chest and get their hands down. Stueber is decently athletic and mirrors pass rushers well, and he shows good awareness to work combo blocks up to the second level.

On the negative side, Stueber is very inconsistent with his pad level. He has the ability to bend, especially when down-blocking, but he stands straight up in his pass set. Connecticut – not known for its football – doesn’t have many defensive ends capable of matching up with his size and strength, so his mediocre technique doesn’t bother him a great deal there. However, he will need to sit lower and maintain leverage when he faces better competition in college. He also has a tendency to hold defenders, especially on the second level, and he needs to learn a) how to keep his hands inside a defender’s frame and b) when to let go. When the ball is 20 yards away, he doesn’t need to hold a linebacker who’s falling down, anyway.

Overall, Stueber is a good pickup. He’s a strong, smart player with pretty good technique. Pass protection is a work in progress, but I think the desire is there. He’s the type of player who started the transition of Stanford from ew Stanford to wow Stanford. He can be a road grader up front, probably at right tackle or one of the guard positions.

Michigan is absolutely destroying Connecticut in recruiting. Along with fullback/linebacker Ben Mason, the Wolverines have commitments from two of the top four prospects in the state. (The top two are Cheshire Academy’s Tarik Black and C.J. Holmes, both of whom have Michigan offers.) There are now 16 commits in the 2017 class, including two offensive linemen. Technically, Michigan only has room for 19 graduating scholarship seniors to be replaced (LINK), but that number will grow.

TTB Rating: 78 (ratings explanation)

11 comments

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    umfarnn
    Jun 25, 2016 at 6:13 PM

    Sounds like his negatives are mostly coachable things. Nice to have faith in a coaching staff to develop players who come in very raw.

  2. Tartarsauce
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    Tartarsauce
    Jun 26, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Nice pickup. I like him quite a bit more than Spanellis and I think he’s right up there with Devery Hamilton. That said, hopefully we can get some blue chip OL, especially left tackles, to commit soon.

    • crazyjoedavola
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      crazyjoedavola
      Jun 26, 2016 at 11:14 AM

      Hamilton was more athletic and a LT prospect, Stueber is more of a mauler who can play OG or maybe RT. Technique and to some extent athleticism can be coached and trained, but the desire to finish a block is something you have to be born with, Stueber was born with it,

      • Tartarsauce
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        Tartarsauce
        Jun 26, 2016 at 1:22 PM

        Surprisingly, Stueber actually tested better than Hamilton. Stueber’s testing numbers at New Jersey’s nike opening regional: 6-6.5, 290, 5.35 forty, 4.60 shuttle, 39.0 power ball, 25.7 vertical. Hamilton’s testing numbers at Washington DC’s nike opening regional: 5.08 shuttle, and 23.5 vertical.

        • crazyjoedavola
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          crazyjoedavola
          Jun 26, 2016 at 5:29 PM

          For OL, 40 yard dash/shuttle and vertical are not that important. Although Stueber looks like he would be good at pulling and blocking downfield as a guard.

          • GKblue
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            GKblue
            Jun 26, 2016 at 10:37 PM

            Hey Joe wouldn’t the shuttle be an indicator of good feet to pull and vertical show some explosiveness from a low blocking position? I do not disagree with your statement, I just think that some of these things are comparables used to determine athleticism.

          • Tartarsauce
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            Tartarsauce
            Jun 28, 2016 at 7:20 PM

            That’s all good, my point is that I don’t think Devery Hamilton is more athletic than Stueber. Their testing numbers bear that out.

  3. crazyjoedavola
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    crazyjoedavola
    Jun 27, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Pulling and having the quick feet to play LT are 2 different things. I think that Stueber will be fine at pulling, I am just not sure about his feet for the LT position.

    • GKblue
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      GKblue
      Jun 27, 2016 at 10:31 AM

      That is my point.

      Thunder, ” He can be a road grader up front, probably at right tackle or one of the guard positions.” Other people and coaches that have offered opinions agree with RT or OG

      Guards pull.

      • crazyjoedavola
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        crazyjoedavola
        Jun 27, 2016 at 12:35 PM

        I agree with Thunder that Stueber is the type of OL player who helped to turn Stanford into a smashmouth team. His desire to maul defenders cannot be taught, and I am sure Drevno will find a spot for him on the line. I like this pickup.

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    Roanman
    Jun 29, 2016 at 6:55 AM

    It’s interesting to watch Stueber’s camp film after watching his Jr year game film. He really does look like a completely different kid. I might have to repent of my not an LT crack.

    Or maybe there really is a feet ferry.

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