I’m a couple days late on this one due to life keeping me busy, but class of 2022 Rabun Gap (GA) Nacoochee tight end Marlin Klein committed to Michigan on Tuesday. He picked the Wolverines over Florida State, Georgia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and others.
Klein is listed at 6’6″ and 215 lbs. As a sophomore in 2019, Klein caught 15 passes for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #40 WR
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #18 TE
Hit the jump for more on Klein’s commitment.
Klein is from Germany, and while he played American football some in his teenage years over in Deutschland, his first season of playing American football in American was 2019. You can see above that it went fairly well. Michigan offered after seeing his sophomore film, and they have a short history of taking players who grew up elsewhere (Sammy Faustin, Junior Colson, Julius Welscholf, David Ojabo, etc.), so obviously the international thing was not a concern. Klein took a self-guided tour of Michigan’s campus since COVID-19/dead period restrictions prevent the coaches from really participating or offering official visits.
At 6’6″ and 215 pounds, Klein ist nicht so klein. He has a great frame for adding weight while still maintaining his athleticism. Tight ends coach Sherrone Moore has mentioned previously that he wants tight ends who look like basketball players and can play wide receiver. Klein looks like a basketball player and plays wide receiver, so check and check. He has good speed and he looks to have soft hands. His route running is adequate.
Based on his film, Nacoochee does not play very tough competition, so that will be a major adjustment going from there to Michigan. He also needs to continue filling out, as he’s not as physically dominant as one would expect from a player who’s 6’6″ and 215 lbs. going against small-ish defensive backs. He also does not have very much film blocking anyone other than cornerbacks on bubble screens, so the technique involved in playing more of an in-line position, taking on linebackers, kicking out defensive ends, etc. is going to be a work in progress.
Overall, I like Klein’s potential. He has two years before he graduates, and the basic skills are there to be a very good tight end before all is said and done. From a technique standpoint, he’s kind of a blank canvas because he is relatively new to the sport and doesn’t really play the position he will in college, so there is lots of room to improve and develop good habits.
Michigan now has three commitments in the 2022 class, joining defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren and linebacker Tyler Martin. Michigan will probably take at least two tight ends in 2022 after whiffing on some high-profile targets in 2021 other than Louis Hansen.
Believe it or not, if Klein signs with Michigan, he would be the first player to suit up for Michigan from a high school called Nacoochee.
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