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
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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.
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