Stephen Spanellis, Wolverine

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21Jan 2016
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Stephen Spanellis, Wolverine

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive guard Stephen Spanellis

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive lineman Stephen Spanellis flipped from Virginia to Michigan on Thursday evening. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Arkansas, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, among others.

Spanellis is listed at 6’6″, 315 lbs. He claims a 5.83 forty, a 385 lb. bench press, and a 395 lb. squat.

ESPN: 3-star, 75 grade, #60 OG
Rivals: 3-star, #36 OT
Scout: 3-star, #100 OT
247 Sports: 3-star, 85 grade, #92 OT, #985 overall

Hit the jump for more on Spanellis’s commitment.

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24Jun 2015
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Devery Hamilton, Wolverine

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive tackle Devery Hamilton (image via

Baltimore (MD) Gilman offensive tackle Devery Hamilton committed to Michigan on Wednesday. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Clemson, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, and Wisconsin, among others.

Hamilton is roughly 6’6″, 290 lbs.

ESPN: 3-star, 79 grade, #33 OT
Rivals: 4-star, #26 OT
Scout: 4-star, #13 OT, #144 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 92 grade, #24 OT, #215 overall

Hamilton was offered late in the Brady Hoke era, just a couple weeks before Hoke was fired. Hoke had already developed a relationship with Gilman, which had produced defensive end/tight end Henry Poggi in the 2013 class (Gilman’s head coach is Biff Poggi, Henry’s father). He visited Ann Arbor in late April and obviously enjoyed the visit. He is not a prospect who talks much to the media, so it was difficult to keep track of exactly how he was feeling. When it came time to decide, the three finalists were Maryland, Michigan, and Stanford.

Hamilton has a good frame for playing offensive tackle or guard at the next level. He is already near 300 lbs. and should be able to carry enough weight to play at the next level without sacrificing too much of his athleticism. He moves well in a straight line for a guy his size, and he also shows some good lateral agility in his pass set as well as when moving up to the second level. He has the ability to bend at the knees and drive block, and he keeps a wide base when doing so. He also uses his hands well to control defenders, or to disengage from blockers on defense.

On the negative side, Hamilton frequently pops up too high when run blocking. This is absolutely the #1 concern I have about him going on to the next level. He needs to learn to roll his hips, and he needs to continue to get stronger in both the upper and lower body. I have some concerns about the lack of pass blocking shown in his highlights, because that indicates to me that he might be a little rough in that area and there wasn’t much to highlight. I would also like to see him get a little better at his hand placement, because he tends to let his hands slip to the outside and will get called for holding if that continues.

Like a lot of high school linemen, Hamilton is raw and inconsistent. He can stay low, but he doesn’t do it enough. He can drive people off the ball, but he should do it more. He has the feet to pass block on the edge, but for some reason that doesn’t show up much in his highlights. I mentioned the other day that Ben Bredeson could potentially play all five positions on the offensive line, and I think that Hamilton could play just about anywhere but center. He’s a high-level prospect who has the potential to be an all-conference guy. He also plays some on defense, but he would probably be limited to a 3-tech tackle and I think his upside is considerably higher on offense.

The Wolverines now have nineteen commits in the 2016 class, and Hamilton is the fourth lineman, joining Bredeson, offensive guard Michael Onwenu, and offensive tackle Erik Swenson. Terrance Davis could the next and last lineman to be added to the class, although the coaching staff will probably continue to try to add an offensive tackle just in case.

As for recruiting from Gilman, Michigan also had an offer out to offensive guard Stephen Spanellis, but there does not seem to be much mutual interest at this point. Gilman also features 2017 quarterback Kasim Hill, who camped at Michigan last week and already holds a handful of FBS offers. This commitment bodes well for the way that the program is perceived from within the inner circle, since Hamilton’s head coach has an inside look at what’s going on with the players.

TTB Rating: 76 (ratings explanation)

5Jun 2012
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Henry Poggi, Wolverine

Henry Poggi

Baltimore (MD) Gilman defensive lineman Henry Poggi committed to Michigan on Monday.  He picked the Wolverines over Alabama and Tennessee (the main competitors), along with many other schools.

Poggi is a 6’4″, 260 lb. defensive tackle for his high school.  Poggi had 49 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks as a junior in 2011.  He claims a 4.7 forty.

ESPN: 4-star, 81 grade, #23 DT
Rivals: 4-star, #2 DT, #52 overall
Scout: 4-star, #15 DT, #135 overall
247 Sports: 4-star, 94 grade, #7 DT, #105 overall

Poggi is one of the more quiet recruits on the recruiting circuit, so it was hard to judge by his words where he was leaning.  However, it was clear for a while that Michigan and Alabama were toward the forefront, since those were places he visited.  Poggi was present for Michigan’s victory over Purdue last October, and he visited again this past March.  His most recent visit was to Tuscaloosa, which had some Michigan fans worried when it was revealed that Poggi was ready to announce.  But Poggi’s release on Monday morning was in favor of the Wolverines.

I scouted Poggi back in March, and there’s not much to add to that evaluation.  He’s a good player, but he appears to be somewhat limited athletically.  According to Poggi himself, the coaches want him to learn the 5-tech defensive end position before bulking up and eventually playing 3-tech defensive tackle.  No matter where he begins his career, I think he’ll be a defensive tackle by the time he actually sees playing time on Saturdays.  The basic techniques are similar for both positions, so changing spots shouldn’t hamper his development.

Poggi should have a solid career ahead of him at Michigan.  He is not the type of athlete who is likely to develop into a Ndamukong Suh or Nick Fairley-type college superstar, but he is a high character, hardworking, technical player with good athleticism.  After what is likely to be a redshirt year in 2013 (when Jibreel Black will probably still be starting at 3-tech), Poggi will compete with fellow freshman Maurice Hurst, Jr. and a host of 2012 kids for the 3-tech position.  If things go well, I could see him being a mid-round NFL draft pick in four or five years.

Along with Hurst, this gives Michigan two defensive tackles, three defensive linemen, and 20 total commitments in the 2013 class.  Technically, Michigan only has 20 spots open for the class of 2013, but coaches can typically count on a few guys not returning from year to year, so the class is expected to grow to 23-24 players.  Poggi is the seventh Michigan commit to be scheduled to participate in January’s Under Armour All-American Game.

TTB Rating: 81 (ratings explanation)