Massapequa (NY) Plainedge quarterback Dan Villari committed to Michigan on Wednesday evening. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Buffalo, Kent State, and UMass; he was committed to FCS Fordham at one point.
Villari is listed at 6’4″ and 215 lbs. He claims a 5.01 forty, a 4.34 shuttle, and a 25.7″ vertical. As a senior in 2019, he completed 67/113 passes (59.2%) for 1,306 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 1 interception; he also ran 121 times for 1,522 yards (12.7 yards/catch) and 23 touchdowns.
Rivals: 3-star, 5.5 grade,
247 Sports: 3-star, 85 grade, #40 pro-style QB, #1242 overall
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Villari was unranked until recently when some bigger schools than Fordham started poking around. Michigan was one of them, and the interest came after J.D. Johnson announced his retirement from football due to a medical condition (LINK). Originally, Michigan wanted him as a grayshirt candidate while they sifted through other quarterback prospects, but when C.J. Stroud committed to Ohio State, the Wolverines came through with a full scholarship offer. Villari is nestled right between Toledo commit Gavin Hall and Arkansas State commit Brett Nezat.
Plainedge went 11-0 this year and outscored opponents 478-106. At one point their head coach was suspended for running up the score, which is against the law there, I guess.
I wrote about Villari fairly extensively when he visited Michigan last weekend (LINK).
I want to reiterate what I’ve said multiple times before, and that’s that I think people are underestimating Villari. I think people look at the Fordham commitment, the MAC offers, etc., and they’re not evaluating the film and the athleticism. When I look at Villari, I see Penn State/Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens. Stevens was a 3-star, the #22 dual-threat quarterback, and #647 overall in the 2015 class. For his career he has completed 59.1% of his passes for 1,238 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, along with 816 yards and 11 touchdowns. Are those numbers good? No. Would a replication of those numbers be acceptable when considering Villari was a late-cycle addition due to extenuating circumstances? Yeah, I would say so. If he’s forced into action due to injuries. those numbers wouldn’t be terrible, and you would hope the rest of the team could pick him up. Stevens’s high school highlights:
All that being said, I do not see Villari finishing his college career as a quarterback. I think he will be a tight end, but he could play quarterback, fullback, or linebacker, too. His competitiveness, toughness, and athleticism are admirable and could translate to other spots on the field, too. I have also mentioned before that I like guys with quarterback experience, because quarterbacks are often good communicators and leaders, and they’re usually smart.
Michigan now has 21 signees in the 2020 class, plus J.D. Johnson (medically retired), Micah Mazzccua (possibly not signing with Michigan), Gaige Garcia (preferred walk-on), Nick Patterson (possibly not signing with Michigan), and Villari. Villari is the second commitment from New York in the 2020 class, joining linebacker William Mohan. (UPDATE: Villari has now signed his NLI, meaning Michigan has 22 signees.)
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