Dominick Giudice, Wolverine

Dominick Giudice, Wolverine

March 26, 2020
Dominick Giudice (image via Twitter)

Middletown (NJ) Mater Dei defensive end Dominick Giudice committed to Michigan on Wednesday evening, shortly after the commitment of offensive lineman Greg Crippen (LINK). Giudice picked the Wolverines over offers from military academies, MAC schools, Ivy League schools, and UMass.

Giudice is listed at 6’4″ and 250 lbs. As a junior in 2019, he made 43 tackles for loss and 24 sacks.

Rivals: 2-star SDE, 5.4 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 80 grade, #67 WDE

Hit the jump for more.

Giudice was off my radar prior to yesterday, when he reported an offer via Twitter. It turns out he was on a group FaceTime call with Michigan’s coaches when they offered. Since Michigan was his dream school, he jumped on it almost immediately and announced his commitment last night.

Giudice says Michigan is recruiting him as a strongside end/3-tech combo player, so let’s get out of the way right off the bat that 247 Sports is incorrectly characterizing him as a weakside end. I guess he could potentially be a weakside end if he played at the MAC or Ivy League level, but if he ends up at a Power 5 school, that’s unlikely to be the case. Giudice made a lot of plays as a junior, including some high-motor plays. He has a good hand strike and can defeat pass protection with hand work adequately.

On the negative side, Giudice lacks the explosiveness one would expect from a next-level edge player. He reminds me of a very good local player who went on to an excellent college career . . . in the Ivy League. Giudice benefits from that occasional bout of luck we see where other teams appear to blow protections or whiff on blocks, and a Michigan commit happens to be the beneficiary. He lacks a second gear and does not change direction very well on a consistent basis unless he uses really good technique.

Overall, I am a little puzzled by this development at this point in time. Michigan has plenty of time to recruit 5-tech/3-tech players in the 2021 class with more robust athletic profiles. I generally trust Don Brown and Co. when it comes to recruiting defensive players, but I couldn’t help being reminded of Jordan Paskorz. If you don’t remember Paskorz (here are some highlights), that’s probably because he was a member of the 2010 recruiting class who bounced around at Michigan for a few years before quietly disappearing, even though he started one game at tight end in that juggernaut 2013 offense.

Michigan now has four commitments in the 2021 class. The Wolverines will need to replace defensive end Kwity Paye and defensive tackle Carlo Kemp in 2021, but otherwise, they are not slated to lose much from that position group. Giudice would represent the first Mater Dei product to end up at Michigan.

TTB Rating: I will not be giving TTB Ratings for 2021 until I complete the 2020 ratings.


  1. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Mar 26, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    This reads like many of our posts in previous years: “UM could have pushed for better, and offered this recruit late if need be”

  2. Comments: 313
    Joined: 8/17/2015
    Mar 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM

    I think he’s going to be in the top 247 at some point during their re rankings.

    I can understand the Paskorz comparison, but Paskorz was an early developer. His body was at it’s ceiling when he was in high school in that tape. He lacked ideal size for DL and he wasn’t fast enough to be a LB.

    Per your comment on the new offer page, just his Hudl highlights. I am under the assumption that his competition isn’t bad in his highlight tape. Giudice is still developing. He looks small in photos and will fill out. His athleticism at allegedly 240, 250, or 260 depending where you’re looking, will be more than enough for the SDE/DT position.

    It’s fun to have big disagreements regarding recruits! Adds a bit of spice following their careers, because if Giudice turns out to be a giant bust you can always rib me for it later.

  3. Comments: 3
    Joined: 3/26/2020
    Mar 26, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Not the greatest sign that he is the slowest D-Lineman off the ball in a small school conference. Seems strong, maybe a 3tech contributor down the line with some added weight?

  4. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Mar 26, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Head scratcher. I think Thunder’s description of him being a good local player who plays well in college, but I wouldn’t expect that college to be a Power 5. A couple concerns off the highlights, which were kind of impressive.
    1. Is he 6’4″? This seems like a drastic exaggeration unless everyone on his team is the same height. He’s probably closer to 6’1″ or 6’2″. But how would UM know… they’ve never even seen the kid in person!
    2. He makes a lot of plays without lighting anyone up. Most of his highlights are him unblocked and making the play. Which is still important but not mindblowing.

    This is where I’m confused about recruiting. How come we always hear about non-committable offers but then the coaches offer this kid a committable offer when he doesn’t even have other offers from powerhouse schools? Especially when you can’t confirm his height.

  5. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Mar 26, 2020 at 3:49 PM

    I guess if I was giving him an early TTB rating it would be 53.

  6. Comments: 26
    Joined: 10/14/2015
    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:15 PM

    So OSU pick up the number one running back and we got a kid that we beat out a bunch on ivy league for…and you wonder why they keep whooping us we recruit like a mid level college instead of Michigan I never understand picking up 2* star kids so early in the process

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