Ikechukwu Iwunnah, Wolverine

Ikechukwu Iwunnah, Wolverine

February 4, 2021
Ikechukwu Iwunnah (image via 247 Sports)

Garland (TX) Lakeview Centennial defensive tackle Ike Iwunnah flipped from Colorado to Michigan on Wednesday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Baylor, Missouri, and Texas, plus others.

Iwunnah is listed at 6’4″ and 275 lbs.

ESPN: 3-star, 75 grade, #78 DT
Rivals: 3-star, 5.5 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 86 grade, #56 DT

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Iwunnah was offered by some Power Five schools but they didn’t seem to be pushing too hard for him. He eventually committed to Colorado in mid-January, just before Michigan came calling with an offer. The Wolverines extended an offer in late January and then he silently committed to the staff shortly afterward, before going public on National Signing Day.

Iwunnah is a big body with some good explosion. He has a moderately quick first step. He’s capable of getting into a low, compact stance and shows the ability to both move forward as well as move laterally on loops and stunts. He has heavy hands and does a good job of locking out offensive linemen. I also like that he drives his feet and can push the pocket.

I keep seeing analysts say he’s a project, but I think he’s closer to a finished product than some suggest. I don’t think he will be an immediate contributor, but he’s not far off. He needs to be more cognizant of how offensive players are trying to block him, and he plays a little recklessly, perhaps opening himself up for trap blocks.

I’m mostly worried about a defensive lineman’s explosiveness and ability to play with leverage, and Iwunnah has those capabilities. He lacks the natural athleticism to be a regular penetrator like Willie Henry or Maurice Hurst, Jr., but he can push the pocket. I don’t see him being the guy who flushes the QB from the pocket, but he could be the guy who finishes off a QB trying to escape.

Michigan has three defensive tackles in the class, including Iwunnah, George Rooks (LINK) and Rayshaun Benny (LINK). I think Dominick Giudice could be a fourth tackle.

TTB Rating: 75

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