Aurora (CO) Eaglecrest offensive lineman Reece Atteberry committed to Michigan on Sunday evening. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, and USC, among others.
Atteberry is listed at 6’5″ and 280 lbs. He claims a 5.24 forty, a 5.84 shuttle, and a 22″ vertical.
ESPN: 3-star, 79 grade, #47 OT
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #51 OT
247 Sports: 4-star, 90 grade, #4 C, #266 overall
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Michigan offered Atteberry in May of 2018 and he seemed to be off the radar a little bit; Ed Warinner was still recruiting him, but not much action seemed to be taking place. This spring Atteberry took an official visit to Duke and then to Michigan, during which he pulled the trigger on his commitment.
I have seen different sites and prognosticators projecting Atteberry anywhere from center to guard to tackle, but I think he’s an interior player. First of all, it’s rare for a player to move from the interior to the edge, and he’s already a high school center. Second, he has limited length and wingspan. He does have good athleticism, and his high school team pulls him to the edge, which is rare for a center; he looks pretty good doing it, too. I like his quickness off the ball, and he does a good job of sinking his hips when engaging defensive linemen in pass protection.
On the negative side is Atteberry’s lack of ideal size to be an elite offensive tackle, but that’s not a big negative; it’s like lamenting that a wide receiver is too thin to play tight end. There are occasional times when Atteberry’s feet get too narrow, and he ends up trying to overpower defenders with only his upper body.
Overall, I think Atteberry is a very good interior line prospect, perhaps limited only by his size. If he’s 280 lbs. now, I think his success will depend on how quickly and how efficiently he can add 20-30 pounds of muscle. If he can maintain his quickness, I really think he could be Michigan’s next version of David Molk; in case you don’t remember, Molk won the Rimington Award and was an All-American in 2011.
Atteberry is the first player from Colorado to commit to Michigan since 2017 when quarterback Dylan McCaffrey signed with the Wolverines.
TTB Rating: 85 (ratings explanation)
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