Osman Savage, Wolverine

Osman Savage, Wolverine

January 26, 2019

Baltimore (MD) St. Frances LB Osman Savage (image via 247 Sports)

Baltimore (MD) St. Frances linebacker Osman Savage committed to Michigan on Friday. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Maryland, Pitt, and West Virginia, among others.

Savage is 6’1″, 218 lbs.

ESPN: Unranked
Rivals: 4-star, 5.8 grade, #9 OLB, #143 overall
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #25 OLB, #352 overall

Hit the jump for more on Savage.

Michigan first saw Savage at a satellite camp in 2016. Michigan offered him in the fall of 2017, and the Wolverines quietly made inroads with him over the past couple years. The head coach at St. Frances is Biff Poggi, who worked at Michigan during the 2016 season and is the father of former Michigan fullback/defensive lineman Henry Poggi. Savage visited Ann Arbor for the BBQ at the Big House in 2018.

Savage is a long-armed linebacker with a solid build. He plays with an aggressive nature, and he has a natural ability to play with good body lean, keeping his chest over his knees. His long arms help him wrap up ball carriers, and he’s a solid tackler. He has above average speed and good instincts, along with good change-of-direction skills.

Not much jumps out about Savage, though. He’s not supremely big or fast or aggressive. He is a player who is good at most things, but not great in any one area.

Overall, Savage is a good piece for Michigan moving forward. He primarily plays outside linebacker in high school, but I believe he will end up being an inside linebacker (likely a WILL) in college. Because of that, I think there will be an adjustment period for him while he learns to stack and shed blockers, read blocks, and get to his pass drops. As of now he does not look like an immediate-impact type of player. He reminds me of former Michigan linebacker Mike McCray II.

Michigan now has six commitments in the 2020 class, including fellow inside linebacker prospect Cornell Wheeler from West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield. The 2019 scholarship count (LINK) shows that the 2020 class should have at least 12 players in it, but we know that number will grow. The only scholarship linebackers scheduled to graduate are Khaleke Hudson and Joshua Uche, both of whom are outside linebacker types.

Michigan has never landed a player from St. Frances before, but the Wolverines currently have 14 scholarship offers out to players at the school, from the 2020 through the 2022 classes.

TTB Rating: I will not be assigning TTB Ratings for 2020 players until the 2019 class wraps.


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    Jan 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Didn’t Uche redshirt? I thought he had another year

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      Jan 26, 2019 at 11:21 AM

      He played in four games, so I don’t know. It all depends on whether he had a documented injury that kept him out of the rest of the season.

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    Jan 26, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    In evaluating Savage I’d think it would be difficult to grade him. There isn’t a lot of film. I don’t know if he’s been on the camp circuit or not but I’m guessing he hasn’t been. From the looks of his junior tape (best recruiting tool for 2020 class) he looks like he has enough size. I just wish there was more film. I find it difficult to grade him because there are hints of him making some plays but are those hints worth taking this commitment? Eh, not sure. I know everyone says, “Well, if Don Brown wants him then it’s good enough for me”, but he’s yet to recruit a linebacker that I’m actually excited about. Mbem-Bosse? No thanks. When I hear Chris Partridge is the lead recruiter AND the guy commits to UM, I usually get a tingle. Not so much with Brown. Much, like the color, a little safe and bland.

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