Chase Winovich, Wolverine

Chase Winovich, Wolverine


June 2, 2013
Michigan commits Michael Ferns III and Chase Winovich

Clairton (PA) Thomas Jefferson outside linebacker Chase Winovich committed to Michigan on Saturday.  He chose the Wolverines over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Pitt, Stanford, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others.

I wrote a scouting report on Winovich in mid-May, so you might want to check that out for comments on his play.

The other two finalists for him were Pitt and Ohio State, in that order. Michigan was the last of that trio to offer, but he made a few trips to Ann Arbor and felt more comfortable there. His older brother Peter was a quarterback-turned-fullback at Bowling Green from 2004-08.

Winovich was recruited by Michigan for the SAM outside linebacker position, which he fits pretty well at approximately 6’4″, 215 lbs.  He’ll have to add bulk, obviously, but he has good length and skills for the position.  Friend and fellow 2014 commit Michael Ferns III was recruited to play middle linebacker, but he also has the size and skill set to play SAM down the road if needed.

When Winovich arrives on campus, Cameron Gordon will have graduated, Jake Ryan will be a redshirt senior, and Mike McCray II will be a sophomore.  McCray’s size and skills for the SAM are in question, too, so there might be an opportunity to surpass him or bump him over to MIKE.

Michigan is now up to eleven commitments for the class of 2014, a class that should reach 16 or more.  They could settle with two linebackers, but they could also take the “best available” guy at any of the three positions, such as Junipero (CA) Gardena Serra’s Dwight Williams or Orange Park (FL) Oakleaf’s Darrion Owens.  With depth and competition somewhat thin at SAM, I would like to see the coaches continue to pursue Owens; Williams, who would play WILL, would just be a luxury at this point.

I’ll be interested to see how Winovich performs as a senior once he has presumably added a few pounds, but for now I’ll give him a TTB Rating of . . .

TTB Rating: 79 (ratings explanation)

Highlights from Hudl.

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    Anonymous
    Jun 02, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    He made mention that he will play QB his senior year, with limited time at LB, so I would'nt expect him ratings to change anywhere

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    Jun 02, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Star ratings and such aside, if you just sit there and watch the vids, you gotta think that a linebacker class of Ferns, Winovich and Darrion Owens is as good or better than anybody's in the country, I don't care who they are, or get. I'm hoping nobody told Winovich that he's the only SAM this year because as much as I like Winovoch, I'd be taking Owens in a heartbeat.

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      Lanknows
      Jun 02, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Owens has a very good offer list for a 3-star, but I think Michigan can get more impressive prospects next year. They've taken extra LB's the last couple years, so they can afford to wait IMO.

      Williams is probably too short to be a SAM, but if a top 5 prospect wants to come, you usually make room.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Again, I understand that these are highlites and as such, missed tackles, assignments and random screw-ups aren't there.

      But if you watch this kid's highlites, he goes straight to the ball and if you happen to have the ball, he lays you out. Then, when it's time to cover, he gets back there and covers. He's a big strapping kid that can run some, hit and cover and looks to be a man when it comes to taking on a blocker.

      He looks to me like a kid who would have played at Miami back in the day when everybody hated Miami (except for those games when they happened to be beating the snot out of Notre Dame).

      I'd take him so fast the entire state of Florida's collective head would spin.

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      Anonymous
      Jun 02, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      I don't think Owens will remain a 3* player. His recruitment is starting to really heat up. I would be very pleased to have him in this class.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      I agree about Owens. I think he'll end up as a 4-star.

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    Jun 02, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Hopefully he can redshirt and then play sparingly / not have to start until he is an upper classman. Starting freshmen and redshirt freshmen the last few years I believe has really hurt, no matter how much raw talent they exhibit, mistakes will be made.

    Could have all Ohio kids starting at LB soon!

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    Jun 02, 2013 at 1:51 PM

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    Lanknows
    Jun 02, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I think they should be done at LB and wait till next year to fill out the depth. Last year they were passing on elite LB's (e.g., Levenberry) and given where Ryan and Ross are tracking, Michigan's not going to have any trouble attracting elite prospects in the next few cycles. This year, it just hasn't worked out that way. They got Ferns, but other guys at the top of their list ended up elsewhere (e.g., Berger). Winovich was a 3rd or 4th option at the position, though a pretty darn good one for that.

    Winovich's offer list is very impressive, far better than a typical 3-star. FSU, Stanford, VaTech, OSU, MSU — these are defenses that know what they're doing and the geographic spread/national attention is impressive. The offer list is usually the best indicator and his is mid 4-star-level at worst.

    Berger sounds like a better prospect on paper, but decision-making is very important for linebackers. Advantage Winovich on that first test.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      I don't think Levenberry was an elite linebacker, but that's neither here nor there…

      Winovich's offer list is right in line with the #29 linebacker on Rivals for the last several years, actually.

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      Lanknows
      Jun 02, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Levenberry was rated very highly by the recruiting services. I know you didn't like him as much, but I think we can agree Michigan was quite selective the last few years, with Ringer being the only sub-4 star guy to Rivals.

      Though you are right to point out (indirectly) that Winovich is on the high end of the 3-star list, his offer list is more impressive than either guy next to him in the Rival's rankings and more impressive than many guys ahead of him including players of interest like Bullogh and Swain. Even Berger, were it not for the 'Bama offer, wouldn't be as strong. Maybe there are good reasons for it all but nonetheless – Winovich's offer list is quite good especially when you take into consideration the programs defensive coaching. Aned – Rivals isn't the only site calling him a 3-star, they're all doing it.

      Some staff's opinion's carry more weight IMO – (e.g., Iowa's secondary recruiting, MSU's RB recruiting, Wisconsin's OL recruiting). If a LB gets offers from VaTech, MSU, and Stanford, plus a host of other higher profile programs (FSU, OSU, Michigan) – he's probably better than your typical 3-star LB.

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      MFan4Life
      Jun 02, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      I very much doubt his offer from FSU was legit seeing the guys they already have committed and they guys they are in on. You've got to be careful about talking about "offer lists." A lot of schools throw out a TON of uncommittable offers.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      @MFan4Life 2:58 p.m.

      The thing with comparing offer lists is that if you question Winovich's, you also have to question those of the guys you're comparing him to.

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      Lanknows
      Jun 02, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      @MFan

      Yeah, there's no perfect measure, but the offer lists seem to be more accurate than rankings unless there is something unusual that would influence it.

      Those schools that throw out "uncommitable" offers – their offers wouldn't carry as much weight, though I can't say I know those many are. There is no question that some offers are thrown out to get or gauge interest, especially when distance is a factor, but that is still a positive sign.

      On the other end – there's players like Jourdan Lewis and Shane Morris who other schools barely bother to recruit.

      Still, when Winovich is getter significant interest from the west (Stanford), south (FSU), east (VaTech) as well as the better programs locally, I'm thinking he's legit, in a way that most unanimous 3-star recruits are not.

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    Lanknows
    Jun 02, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Serious question – why do people care about what happens to recruit's rankings after they commit?

    Our coaches have already decided and the rankings aren't going to affect how well they perform. In no way am I arguing recruiting rankings aren't useful as indicators. Just, once a guy commits, what difference does it make what a handful of evaluators think?

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Ok ….. Who the hell are you and what have you done with Lanknows.

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      DonAZ
      Jun 02, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      "Serious question – why do people care about what happens to recruit's rankings after they commit?"

      I think "bragging rights" is the answer. Ultimately it doesn't matter. I doubt recruits make their decisions based on recruit class rankings. Being a school in the top 10 recruiting no doubt helps, but ultimately the decision to go to, say, a Florida vs. a Michigan is made on things other than recruiting rankings.

      The tale of the tape is really the recruit's play on the field and the contribution that recruit makes to the team's goal to win. If we could recruit 2* players that accomplished good things on those two scores … then fine.

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      Lanknows
      Jun 02, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      @DonAZ – I suspect bragging rights are part of it – getting the class highly ranked. But to me that's missing the point. You want a highly ranked class because it means you get good players, not vice versa. Again, rankings do matter in aggregate, but an after-the-fact adjustment because a kid got an offer from Michigan or a little more attention is 'politics' more than anything else. Yet you see comments from people (like the recruiting guy at Mgoblog) openly rooting for the recruiting analysts to revise their judgements as if it changes anyone's fate. I find that baffling.

      I want highly rated players at Michigan, and I am interested to read what Rivals thinks about kids objectively. But if the coaches like a 2-star above a 4-star I don't really care if Rivals changes their minds or not after he commits. Doesn't matter if they revise or fix their assessment or keep it the same. The kid is who he is.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      I agree about rankings and changes to them. The kid's going to be the same player, regardless of what Rivals or Scout or ESPN or 247 says.

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      Jun 02, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      True, but that could be said about ratings in general. They're fun because they provide predictive information.

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