Burke (VA) Lake Braddock tight end Matthew Hibner committed to Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Air Force, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Hibner is listed at 6’4″ and 228 lbs.
Rivals: 3-star, 5.5 grade
247 Sports: 3-star, 85 grade, #43 TE, #1016 overall
Hit the jump for more on Hibner’s commitment.
Hibner was just offered by Michigan at the end of May, and he committed to the Wolverines about ten days later.
Hibner is a good athlete. He plays a lot of outside linebacker on his junior highlights, and they line him up at wide receiver, too. His speed is so-so, but he’s not going to run away from many people. He has a decent frame with plenty of room to keep bulking. I like his short-area and lateral quickness.
On the negative side, Hibner has some learning to do about whatever position he plays in college. He doesn’t appear to have much experience as an in-line tight end, and his defensive scheme doesn’t translate that well to Michigan’s. Based on his film, he needs to bulk up significantly before seeing time in college.
Overall, I like Hibner more than his ranking of #1016 overall. He has some untapped potential. He reminds me of former Michigan linebacker Noah Furbush, whom I pegged as a defensive end coming out of high school, but who ended up being a pretty effective SAM linebacker and special teamer in his career. And with that comparison, you might not be surprised to know that I see him as a slightly stronger candidate on defense. I do, however, think he could be successful on either side of the ball.
Michigan currently has a commitment from San Antonio (TX) Christian tight end Nick Patterson, and they are recruiting others at the position. Michigan will probably continue recruiting Theo Johnson, Cane Berrong, and others – especially considering the staff might not even be fully convinced that Hibner is a tight end.
Lake Braddock is the largest public school in the state of Virginia, with almost 4,300 students (LINK). Even so, Michigan has never landed a recruit from Lake Braddock, and the only other they’ve offered in my memory is quarterback Caleb Henderson (UNC/Maryland), who was in the 2014 class.
TTB Rating: 72 (ratings explanation)
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